A useful tool

I like blocking. Or rather, I like the effects of blocking. I have almost gotten into fights with people who are saying that blocking is not necessary. I block everything (except the occasional hat or sock but reluctantly, let me tell you), it just makes that little extra touch that just does it. I love it when I can find a way to block in a creative way, suitable for the garment. My most creative way of blocking, so far, has been the cutlery drainer. I have used it before and it worked just as well this time around. It’s perfect for blocking baby bonnets, it has just the right shape. And since Project Baby Love is on, I guess the cutlery drainer will see quite some action this spring. Good thing I found the cutlery drainer.

Time for another round of Project Baby Love

2018 seems to be the year of babies. I know of 8 babies to be born this year, so far. I’m not going to knit for all of them but for a big chunk of them at least. It’s time to revive Project Baby Love.

Project Baby Love first started in 2014 when I knew a lot of babies to be born. I ended up making 11 baby sweaters in 2014 and it looks like it might be time to make that kind of effort again. Not cardigans or sweaters necessarily but baby items. I’m thinking socks.

This baby cardigan was made to help a friend out. She was knitting it and got stuck just above the sleeves so I cast on one of my own to see if I could be of any help. I don’t know what happened to my friend’s cardigan but this one turned out okay. The construction is quite clever, there is only two ends to weave in in the end, which is very sympathique. The sleeves are knit back and forth and then crocheted together. It’s not the smoothest way of attaching the sleeves together but it works on a cardigan this size. I wouldn’t use it for an adult sweater but as I said, it works for a baby one.

My friend Stina helped pick out the buttons. It turned out very cute, I think.

Pattern: Två trådändars lilla kofta by Anna Braw from Järbo garn. Yarn: I used stash yarn for this (I know, I did so well!), Drops Safran from Garnstudio, color 01. Mods: I changed the yo to M1R and M1L.

An adventure

This weekend we had lovely weather, it was snowy and cold and me and a few of my yarn friends set out for a field trip. We were going to a textile exhibition and happily climbed in the car and headed for the big city. Little did we know that we were heading for a huge adventure.

Right there on the freeway we got a flat tire and had to wait for assistance since none of us felt that changing the tire on the side of the freeway in the snow and cold was very safe. Instead we hid in the car till we could get towed and since we’re all knitters we all had something to do and we passed a fairly happy time right there.

By the time we were finally towed to safer places and had gotten a functioning car, it was too late in the afternoon to make it to the exhibition so instead we had a late lunch at a nearby castle.

There we continued to laugh and knit and recover from our adventure. Some food, chocolate, pastries, tea and coffee later and we headed home again, happy and full and all in all still very content with our day.

I must remember to come back to this castle in the future, the food was great and the surroundings beautiful!

Day 5 – The circle

The last day of the #5shawls5days challenge is the circular shape. I have issues with this one. I don’t see how this could be used as a shawl without folding it or add a bigger whole in the middle to put over your head. This construction could be used to make a crescent shape shawl though so I still find it to be a useful skill and valuable information. But a shawl, it is not. Perhaps a carpet…?

Day 4 – The square

Day 4 in the #5shawls5day challenge is the square. I have knit one square shawl, which, since it’s square, I consider to be a blanket. A square is hard to wear unless you fold it but I  have been thinking of how to make this shawl into a rectangle and that could be pretty cool. Also, this way of making blankets is very nice as well but it’s not a shawl. A shawl should be possible to wear over your shoulders or around your neck, not something that you would prefer to wrap your legs in while knitting on the couch. It’s tricky to wear an unfolded square around your neck. It’s a good shape, a cool shape, but it’s not a shawl.

Day 3 – The asymmetrical triangle

Day 3 in the #5shawls5days challenge is the asymmetrical triangle. I’m intrigued by this shape and I have some ideas for shawls shaped like this that I want to explore. I have knit a few of these, like Pirate’s Cove and Antarktis, and it’s not the asymmetrial part that intrigues me, not right now anyway, so much as the construction. Instead of casting off two sides at the same time, as with the triangular shawl, you knit from one corner and increase till you cast off one of the shorter sides. I like that and I have ideas on how to approach that. I also find this shape very flattering when wearing the shawl wrapped artistically around your neck. If any of the shapes in the challenge will lead to me designing anything soon, this will be it.

Day 2 – The Crescent Shape

Day 2 in the #5shawls5shapes is the crescent shape. I have knit a lot of crescent shaped shawls. A whole lot of crescent shaped shawls in my days. This one had a new way of increasing which I found fairly charming but it requires making yarn overs on the wrong side and I’m not a big fan of pattern instructions for the wrong side. Anyway, you can never go wrong with a crescent shaped shawl, that’s all I’m saying.

Back to basics

Years ago, when I taught dance classes, we used to talk about the importance to go back to basics every once in a while. To take a beginner’s class and really focus on the basic steps without all the embellishments. I found that it was sound advice, you can always learn something by going back to the basics. That’s why I decided to join the #5shawls5days challenge where you knit a small shawl sample every day in a different shape, just to figure out the construction. For day one it was the triangular shawl, where you increase four stitches on every right side row. It’s a cute little shawl, fit for a small doll. It wasn’t exactly new to me, this shape, and it’s probably the most common shape in a shawl (if you don’t count scarves) but as I said, it’s always good to go back to basics.

I’m way too smug over this

I’ve had a very productive weekend. The second sleeve flew by and all of a sudden I only had about a decimeter left of the first sleeve. That went by quickly as well, despite me going to a ball on Friday evening instead of kniting. Last night I cast off and wove in all the ends and today I blocked it. That’s right, my cardigan has gotten from about five centimeters that I left back in September 2016 to a blocking garment only four buttons short in just three weeks. Well, three weeks of actual knitting, it was hibernating for 15 months before that. And more, I have bought the buttons too already! Now I just have to wait till it’s dry, sew the buttons and then put on my new cardy.