Easter knitting

This year’s Easter cake. A lovely chocolate cake. It’s been very warm today and we took Me Made on a bike ride which was very appreciated. Easter is always a time for knitting if you ask me. It’s a long weekend and at a time when you often have quite some time to knit. Christmas is far away and it’s most often still cold enough to want to knit and the break is not long enough that you have to feel bad if you spend the entire weekend indoors knitting. This Easter hasn’t brought as much knitting as earlier years but still a little more than usual these days. I’m training Me Made to feel a bit sated about knitting, to make it less interesting, in the hopes of having yarn balls still intact and needles still stuck to their designated project in the future. So far we’re doing well although the occasional thread has caught Me Made’s eye. Very much like a cat in that way, Me Made is.

The head wrap, you say?

My head wrap is making fast progress. It’s a quick knit, only 19 stitches per row, and each pattern repeat is 10 rows so as long as I don’t lose focus I should have my little head wrap  finished by next Friday. I’ll knit till I run out of yarn, it doesn’t seem worth it to use up more than one yarn ball for this project since it’s mainly for fun. I’ve never felt like I need a hand knit head wrap before so I’m not sure how much I will use it beside this costume party. If I get it finished before said party, that is. Lost of focus and blocking are the two things that might ruin it for me – focus because other knittings are quite tempting right now, and blocking because it’s a little hard to find the opportunity to block something since Me Made likes to examine things. I’ll worry about blocking later though, first things first and finish the knitting definitely takes priority.

The coltsfoot principle

If there is one thing that is a sure sign of spring for me, it’s this little flower. When I was a kid I was told that this is the first flower to bloom in the spring and although I’m not sure that’s correct (the croci in the flower beds has already withered for example) but I still find the coltsfoot to be the first sign of spring. Today I saw it, it’s spring for sure.

The ketchup effect

This famous little lilac is doing it again. Last year (May 8) and three years ago (April 23 although not technically a flower) and also four years ago (also May 8) I’ve noted when the first little flower has started to show itself. There are so far no flowers here but there are promises of flowers to come. Spring is always so sneaky, first nothing happens and then everything happens in no time. I bet there will be a little flower by May 8 this year too.

Costume party!

I’ve been invited to a costume party. I’m going to dress up as a knitter, an exaggerated image of a knitter. Every stereotypic idea about a knitter, that’s what I’m going to pick. I’m going to dress up in knitwear from top to bottom, layer with multiple shawls, spray my hair with red hair paint, put it up in a bun and stick a knitting needle through it, hand out flyers for the next knitting retreat, and carry around a basket with yarn, projects and office supplies. The advantage of this is that it won’t be weird at all for me to pick up a knitting during the party, it’s totally in character. I’ll even say it’s something for my grandchildren.

Now, obviously, I already have everything I need to create this look. I’ll wear my linen sweater, accessorize with a few slightly mismatched shawls, pick some yarn from the stash to put in my basket, wear knitting inspired earrings and talk at length about yarn weight and the advantages of circular needles over dpn’s (or the opposite). The only thing I don’t have is a head wrap. I have a lot of hair, this knitter is obviously accessorizing with a matching (or not) head wrap. Time for a stash dash, I thought, and came out with this bamboo yarn that will make a lovely head wrap that hopefully goes well together with my hair color for the evening. It will be perfect!

I hope people will understand that it’s only a costume…

Too long but not too bad

While waiting for the other bonnet to block I cast on a new. I cast on while on a train ride and I had no measuring tape with me so I had to wing it. Was going for 9 inches and ended up with 11 1/2 so I was a bit off, which I also realized while knitting it. I figure I don’t have to worry about frogging 2 inches though since it’s i-cord for the bow.

The construction of this bonnet is intriguing and I’m very much looking forward to see where it takes me. I’ve again used stash yarn and although I’ve used yarn that aren’t the best or the nicest to knit I consider this more of a toile and if it turns out nice I’ll make another one in different yarn.

Too big turned out too small

So the hat is finished. It just needs an i-cord and then its done. It’s pretty and purple. There is only one problem. It’s too small. It ends just across Me Made’s ears and that’s not  really suitable for a baby hat. I even picked the biggest size, 2-4 yrs, and it’s still too small. I should have swatched. One should always swatch but I would never have thought something this much bigger (1-3 yrs) would be too small. I will see if I can block it out (yeah right), otherwise I will have to add a brim at the bottom. I’ll sit calmly in the boat till I’ve blocked it at least.

I really hope a block will fix it.

Grey or white?

So, one of the contrasting colors in my leftover shawl won’t be enough and I need to figure out which of these two will work best between the purple and the blue. The grey looks nice with the purple, I have an entire shawl with those colors after all, but I think it’s not enough contrast between the grey and the blue. The white on the other hand looks nice with the blue but perhaps a little too much contrast with the purple. I’m not sure what to do but I don’t want to bring in another color, of that I’m sure. It will have to marinate a little and then maybe the answer will be clear to me.

In the meantime, I’m knitting Me Made’s hat.

Bon bonnet de bébé

Yesterday I cast on Me Made’s spring bonnet and I’ve so far done the folded hem and started the pattern for the main fabric. So far I like it and I love the fact that I was able to use stash yarn. Stash yarn and from a weight category that is overflowing. This color will match the stroller and I think the bonnet will be quite perfect for Me Made, as long as it fits. I like bonnets because they can be tied under the chin and they don’t fall down over the eyes as easily as hats. All other projects are on hold for now and this is what gets all the attention. My baby needs a bonnet, mommy is knitting!

New beginnings

Today marks my blogiversary. Six years ago I wrote my first post. My father had recently passed and life was quite different compared to now. I’m married, I’ve moved, I’ve switched jobs, I’ve earned two more degrees and I’ve got to meet Me Made.

If there is one thing that shines clearer to me every year it’s the fact that you’re never “done”. You never know what life will bring you in the future, things you couldn’t have dreamed of even if you tried. You can never just sit back and think “I’m done, there are no more changes,” because there will be. Changes for better or for worse but changes nonetheless.

Today was a good change. I got to see the Swedish national team play against Germany and break the previous record for spectators – 25 882 spectators. It was a great game and especially the last ten minutes or so where quite thrilling. I got to see some of my favorite players and it was amazing. Sweden lost but that’s okay, I’m just glad to have been there. I’ll definitely try to see some more games in the future, I’m not done.