Midsummer mittens, anyone?

This is a crappy picture in crappy light but at least it shows that I’m making at least some kind of progress on the mittens. I’m past the thumb gusset and only have a few rows left before I can start the decreases. But it’s slow work, oh, so slow. I can only make about five rows a day, maximum. It will be a great day, and probably warm enough that you don’t need mittens anymore, when this project is done. It’s taken me about three weeks to accomplish this so if they are done by Easter I will be very happy.

Tonight we are victorious

I don’t know when I last baked in my kitchen. It’s been many years, I know I used it in 2015 but after that I might have stopped because I know that in 2016 I didn’t anymore. There was some problem with the oven and I lost my mojo. I tried the oven out this summer but I didn’t bake something from scratch so that doesn’t count. But today it happened. It finally happened! I made cookies: I planned ahead, I bought the ingredients, I whipped up the dough and I baked the cookies. Me Made was with me the entire time, sleeping while I planned, patiently waiting in the stroller while I got the ingredients and sitting in a chair in the kitchen playing with various kitchen utensils and eating crackers while I made the dough and baked it. I burned the first sheet but the second and third worked out well.

I also got to finally use one of my lovely cookie jars, this one is really beautiful. I got it from my mother-in-law for Christmas a few years back and now I finally have some cookies to put in it. Yay, cookies!

But I’ve always enjoyed my freedom…

I’ve never been a monogamous knitter, I’ve always had multiple projects in progress at the same time. But with limited knitting time multiple projects take forever to finish. Today I turned the heel on the first sock and I still have about 30 rows left on the first mitten. I think that from now on I’m going to be a bit more monogamous if I’m ever going to be able finish anything. I’ll stick to one project and knit that till it’s finished.

…but also have a vanilla sock ready for when I might need it.

With a spring in my step

I’ve knot gone completely nuts, I have started a sock in something other than petrol and black too. This is the zebra sock in the correct color combination and I like it a lot. The colors are, as I had hoped, very soothing together. Mild. Not surprisingly, I prefer this to the earlier one. They feel very much like early spring with all that light blue, green and brown. And that’s quite adequate at the moment. It’s still very much winter but the days are longer and the anticipation is in the air. Not much left now.

Out of character

What on earth is this? Could it really be? This goes against everything you’ve ever known about me. Me, the pink princess, why am I knitting blue (actually petrol) and black and in February nonetheless? And color work on top of that. There is no sense in this, no obvious answer. Have I gone crazy? Have I lost my mind?

No, there is a reasonable explanation. Remember the mittens I forgot? Well, I got a reminder and bad conscience and here I am, knitting a pair of color work mittens in petrol and black, all according to the receiver’s wishes.

I can’t wait till I’m done.

No order

There is a novel by the Swedish author called There is no order on my papers and another one called There is still no order on my paper. I often feel like that. I never have time to sort out my papers and put them where I can find them. Right now it’s like that with my knitting too. There is no order! I don’t have enough room in my stash and even though I try to knit up what I can, I still accumulate more yarn than I knit. Since I don’t knit as much as I used to, I’m afraid I’ve reached SABLE a lot quicker than expected. I don’t have room for my left overs and I just want to take care of it all and sort it out but I don’t have the time. I have needles everywhere and there is no order there either and there is no order on my patterns and markers and safety pins and beads and tapestry needles and I just want a designated spot for everything (preferably easily accessible from the couch where I knit). I’ll try to figure something out concerning the notions and try to find something to take care of stray needles. I can’t really do anything abut the stash at the moment, it’s not a quick fix so to speak since knitting takes a while.

I really should prioritize the leftovers.

Winter wonder wedding

Do you remember this shawl? I made it three and a half year ago to wear on my wedding day should it be a very cold day. It was a fair assumption since it’s Sweden after all and also since that summer was such a rainy one. Two days before the wedding it rained so hard that it poured into the taxi I was in. Then on the wedding day the sky was blue and the sun was shining. It was way too warm for a woolen wrap, and it stayed that way for the rest of the month. I wore it to a friend’s birthday celebration but that’s pretty much the only time I’ve taken it out for a spinn.

This weekend though, this shawl got to fulfill its purpose – to be worn on a wedding day. My friend Emma got married this weekend and on her shoulders you could find this little sweet thing. I’m so glad it got to be part of Emma’s day, since it was intended for a wedding. I’m glad it got to serve at a winter wedding, where it would be appreciated for all its qualities, its beauty, its color and its warmth. It deserves that.

Take 2

I have started the second take one my socks, this time in the right color combination. I kept the number of stitches though, since that worked out so well with the last pair. I did change one thing though, I cast on four extra stitches and decreased them on the first row to make the cast on edge a little looser. I hope it will work out.

 

This is a little how Alexander Fleming must have felt

There’s just something about these socks! First I picked the wrong color combination, then I discover I knit the wrong size. I knit them four stitches too narrow and I briefly contemplated frogging them. Then I weighed my leftovers and tried the socks on and it turns out it all works out for the best. The socks fit me much better like this (note to self) and this change in size also meant that I have enough leftovers (52 grams and 27 grams) for another pair IN THE SAME SIZE! There will be socks and there will be socks that are big enough to fit me. This mistake isn’t that much of a mistake anymore but just happy coincidences. I won’t compare this to inventing penicillin but let’s just say that mistakes and being a little forgetful from time to time can result in excellent outcomes. I’m quite pleased.