So, remember this? The cardigan that was so much work? Well, I finished it a little while ago and last week it was finally delivered to it’s recipient. We had our wedding at a mansion and the mansion wedding co-ordinator was just the sweetest person imaginable. Nothing was impossible and everything just worked out perfectly.
She had a little baby at home so to thank her for letting us getting so much of her time I decided to make a little cardigan for the baby once all of the wedding stuff was over. I decided on a pattern, bought the yarn and got started. Let me tell you, the construction on this cardigan does not make for a quick knit. It just goes on forever and with the sleeves the rows where just incredibly long. Eventually though it was done and I could start on the hood, the forever-taking hood.
The irony with the hood though, I was knitting on it and knitting and knitting and knitting and finally it was done but when I was finishing up and was about to sew the hood together I noted that it was – get this – too long. I had to rip out almost four inches but then it was perfect.
Obstacles and boredom aside, I really love how this cardigan turned out. I left out the chrocheted edges and I just think it’s a cool yet adorable little cardigan and I’m sure the kid in question will look super cute. I just hope the cardigan is as comfortable at it looks. The end result almost makes up for the process of making it but I think it will take a while before I give it another go.
Pattern: Buttercup Jacket from Drops Design. Yarn: Drops Baby Merino from Garnstudio, color 35 dark Purple. Mods: I left out the crochet.
So, I have a knitting going on again and I’ve started on a book so everything is back in order again. It feels so much better already.
It looks as if I’ve been too efficient this weekend. Not only am I currently between knittings right now, but I am also between books. All my knittings are either blocking, secret or impossible to continue before the next MKAL clue comes out. Sure, there is yarn and there is a lot that can be cast on but not without effort. It requires some kind of preparation, finding needles, winding yarn or something like that. I have nothing that I can just pick up and knit a few rounds on before I go to bed.
Ok, so no knitting right now, but how about a book? Well, I finished the book I was reading this morning and sure, the book shelves are filled with unread books (and read ones too, both those that can be read again and those that I never want to open ever) but again, it requires some kind of preparation. If nothing else, I need to decide what I’m in the mood for and then find something that works with that. Not to mention that it takes a little while to really get in to a new book, it takes a few pages to settle in. Again, it requires time that I don’t have. I just want to read a page or two before I got to sleep, not invest time in a new book.
Luckily this will hopefully be solved tomorrow as Agnieszka has promised to see me to decide in which order she wants the contrasting colors in her Vacillate shawl. Once I know that, all I need to do is cast on (I guess technically I can cast on tonight because it starts with the main color anyway but again, that requires a search for needles and such). Tomorrow though, tomorrow we’ll be in the middle again, not in between.
All is well in knitterland. Yesterday I made up for the non-knitting on Friday, a few projects are blocking on the livingroom floor, I’m quite caught up with my latest MKAL (despite the fact that I never received my yarn kit) and I also finished today’s book club book and made a cake that we are going to have during the meeting.
I’ve broken in my new dough-scraper, see the knitting pattern on there? It’s great! Not only that but I think that even our unreliable oven has worked in my favor for once. The cake actually looks like it might be both edible and will hold together long enough to put it on a plate. Even my black hole knitting is done. I love weekends where I feel I’m getting progress in many areas without being stressed. Let’s hope next week will be the same.
I was smug about my workout yesterday but that very same thing also made me really tired so I didn’t manage to knit at all. I made up for this today though. I’ve managed to block all the things I was going to block and I have vowen in the ends, I have taken pictures of a finished shawl and I have knitted on my boring knitting. I have knitted a million rows, well, at least twenty, but the piece still measures 8 inches. Then plan is to make around 12 inches but those last two inches just isn’t coming. I think I have met a so called black hole project were you can knit and knit and knit and still get nothing to show for it. I put a marker where I started and can see I’ve made progress but the measuring tape stands firmly on 8 inches. A bit unfair but then again me and this knitting haven’t really been friends from the beginning. We’ll se what happens tomorrow.
It’s Friday evening and I just gotten back from the gym. I feel audaciously smug about it. I don’t go to the gym that often so when I do I think I get to feel smug. But enough about that. Today is, as stated before, Friday and time for another pair of heels.
These shoes were cheap and that shows. The seams are bursting, the color is weared in some places but they are pumps and they are pink. I’m not sure there could actally be any lovelier shoes than pink heels.
The heel is the perfect height so I barely feel I’m wearing heels at all. The only problem is due to them being cheap – the front lining isn’t very stretchy and therefore dig into my feet a little bit, especially when it’s hot and my feet are swelling a little. Today was probably the coldest day so far this fall so it was a good day for these. It’s a good shoe for most parties and I like them. I mean, they are pink after all.
It’s the time of the year when most things are secret and very hush-hush. Christmas is just a few weeks away and the knitting needles are forever clicking but nothing can be shown. So far four Christmas gifts are just a block away so this weekend is going to be a major blocking weekend. It will be great.
I don’t know how many gifts are still in pipeline, I figure I will just go on knitting until Christmas Eve and we’ll see how much is finished by then. I do have yarn for no less than three Vacillates too but none is really a Christmas gift and one is actually for me.
Then I also have two more projects I’d like to make for myself, two shawls. One especially is adorable and looks like such a fun knit. I’m looking forward to dig into my stash and maybe loose few pounds there. There are so much un-knit knittings in the future but step one is Christmas gifts. So, more knitting and a lot more blocking this weekend.
Pattern: Hidden Gusset by Mone Dräger. Yarn: Malabrigo Sock, color Pocion. Mods: I decrased two stitches on the opposite side of the thumb just before the final ribbing to make them a little snugger since my hands are narrower over my fingers. I made the mitts a little longer so they would cover my knuckles and I knit the final ribbing with needles 2,5 mm instead of 2,75 mm. I made these last spring when I was sick of knitting white lace and I love them. They were a delight to knit and they are lovely to wear.
I have the most boring knitting right now. Well, not the most boring but pretty darn boring. All I want is for it to be finished so I can move on to other things so that’s my plan for tonight, and maybe also for tomorrow, to knit and knit until I reach the end or till my yarn runs out, whichever comes first. I’m quite determind.
Yesterday was the halfway mark for NaKnitMo and I just wanted to show you how it’s going.
It’s going well. 7 000 sts more than I need to so I have good hopes that I can reach my goal. So far I’ve knit a sweater, half of my MKAL shawl, and a pair of socks. I have now a hat, a sock and a capelet on the needles (and I also have a lot of blocking to do) and I hope to finish all these and also start some new things. I do think I might be under the impression that 100 000 sts will take me so far but it really isn’t that much when you put it together. The Great Lace was way more than 100 000 sts. But then again, a pair of socks are a lot less. It’s all about perspectives.
This is really a knitting under the radar but I am just so proud that I had to show you anyway – that is two finished sleeves. Attached to a body nontheless. That is good news. My socks is also in progress and I have an MKAL shawl that is just a block away from finished. Tomorrow starts another MKAL and my yarn kit hasn’t arrived yet but I have made sure I can start anyway. All in all, my knitting ducks are in a row.