The past years I’ve been intrigued by the yarn calendars. It’s what it sounds like, an advent calendar with yarn. Last year I was a sad new mum who thought I would never again have the time for knitting, let alone a yarn calendar. This year I know better. I know that I have indeed time for knitting and to celebrate that I have treated my self to not one, not two but three yarn calendars.
All of them are from, for me, newly discovered yarn companies and it’s quite intriguing. One calendar has a little parcel with a mini skein for each day from today till Christmas Eve (and two skeins for a mystery knit-along), one has a parcel with a 50 g skein for each Sunday in Advent and one has one parcel with a 50 g skein for every Sunday in Advent and a bigger parcel for Christmas Eve.
If this is the only way I celebrate Advent this year it will be fine as I’m super happy with my calendars.
Happy Advent and happy knitting!
I’m not an outdoorsy sort of person. I mean, I enjoy being outdoors no matter the season and I walk or bike wherever I need to go but I’m not the one who will actively seek a day outdoors. I don’t ski, except occasionally, and I don’t like to walk in the woods. I don’t need to be surrounded by water and I don’t hike. This means that I have somewhat fancy winter clothes: a long coat that flares and winter boots with heels, and this together with a scarf, a hat and gloves are usually enough for my needs.
Now though, things have changed. I have a child and that child wants to, and should, be outdoors. Yesterday we had the first snow of the season and today was the time to make the premier tour on the little sledge. Now, I might not dress as if I know anything about winter but I do, I really do. I’ve grown up with snow, I know about snow. I know that there is no way you can pull a sledge up and down a hill in high-heeled boots and a flailing coat. I though about it for a little while, what to wear, and then the answer was the simplest thing. I’m a knitter after all.
Earlier this fall I bought a pair of boots, the kind thatwill be of use for 15 years and that will never ever break as long as I take care of them. They are thick and they are sturdy and they have absolutely no lining fabric at all. They are perfect for the sledge hill since my feet will never get wet but they also need me to use my hand knit socks. Well, don’t mind if I do. I put the Christmas socks from two years ago to use and together with other hand knits, including a warm and heavy sweater, I was completely warm and cozy. This new life will mean spending more time outdoors and that means I get more opportunities to wear my hand knits. I’m quite excited about it.
I have put myself into the biggest tangle ever when it comes to knitting, and more, I didn’t out of my own free will. How did this happen?
It started with me planing to knit a baby cardigan. I was in a hurry to cast on and decided to use some left overs from wrist warmers I’ve made in the past. All in all I had three balls of leftovers and figured it would be enough. I decided on stripes: 4 rows in blue, 2 rows in red, since I had more blue yarn than red yarn left.
As it most often happens with a leftover project, I had to buy more yarn. I bought another ball of blue yarn (and I was super good and only bought the one ball I needed although so much else was calling my attention at the LYS) and decided that the sleeves had to manage even without red. The thing is that I still have some red left but I’m not sure for how much it will suffice. In order to actually finish the red yarn and not leave more leftovers than necessary, I decided to knit both sleeves at the same time.
The words “knit both at the same time” seem almost magical to knitters and I’ve often met knitters who talk about it as the eighth wonder of the world although they’ve never really tried it. What these knitters fail to understand is that when you knit two at the same time you still need to have two working ends of yarn and when they realize this the phenomenon is not as dazzling anymore.
No, it’s nothing dazzling, it’s just the biggest tangle ever with a total of four active yarn ends in order to see for how long I can continue with the red stripes. It’s a tangle but I’m sure I will like the end result and that makes it worth it.
I’ve been elusive for an entire month. But the technique stuff has been funky and life moved into a new routine when work began after the summer holidays and the baby started preschool. I think we have adjusted very well but the blog took the hit.
Anyway, it’s fall, the days are getting shorter and cooler. Yesterday it was below 10 degrees Celsius in the morning and I realized with horror how unprepared I am. There are so many things I need to and want to knit. I need things, baby need things. So I’m putting the crochet blanket and my new lace shawl aside to concentrate on more pressing things.
In the near future there should be quite a few things going on here:
- a pair of wrist warmers for me.
- a neck warmer for baby.
- socks for baby.
- sweaters for baby.
Baby needs to be warm and I’m a lousy knitter if I can’t keep him that. He is fairly warm as a person already, and doesn’t like to get too hot so I think it will work out despite the unfortunate downside of time consumption that knitting requires.
I’m fine with store bought hats and mittens for baby though as mittens will probably get lost and I’m a huge fan of beaver nylon in any type of winter wear.
And then there is the Christmas knitting to…
I keep working on my little squares. They are quite addictive. So far I have 30 squares and I need 42 for a blanket size 100×70 cm. I still think that’s a tad small but it’s a start. he squares are perfect, quick enough to finish in a an evening but complicated enough to still feel like an accomplishment for someone with a limited amount of time. Also, the yarn helps keeping it interesting, some squares are yellow, some are pink and quite a lot of them are apricot. Very lovely indeed and I have high hopes for the end result.
There are a lot of ends to weave in – I haven’t started on that even though I should have. I assume there will be even more ends to weave in once I start crocheting the squares together. Let’s worry about that later though.
Right, time to start square no. 31
I seem to have some technical difficulties with uploading pictures right now. I’ll try to sort it out but in the meantime there might be some posts without pictures.
This post has a picture though, a picture of four delicious skeins of green yarn. I think they are one of a kind because I got them through instagram from Emelilyknits. She has something called “Friday yarn” where she shows a picture of yarn that is not part of her usual stock and the first one who calls “Buy” gets it. I’ve never used Emelilyknit’s yarn before but when I saw this yarn last Friday I just had to have it. They green color is simply delicious with little spots of blue and red. I was the first one to show interest and I’m very pleased with my luck. Now I need to find a worthy pattern but there is no rush. There is quite a lot of it, 800 meters, so it could be a very big shawl. Or a shawl with matching wrist warmers. It will feel like a walk in the woods or blueberry picking.
I cheated! My plan was to finish my socks and then start on one of the crochet blankets. That gave me a week to finish the sock since the blanket yarn was supposed to be in the freezer till today. I finished the sock a little earlier than expected, on Wednesday, after re-knitting the toe on the first sock. On Thursday, yesterday, is when it happened. I was supposed to weave in ends on my socks but instead I decided to take out a ball of yarn one day early and start crocheting a square. There’s no harm in that, I thought. I’ll do the ends later. (Yeah, right.)
I did make a square and I liked it but it wasn’t big enough so I took a bigger hook and made another square. It did indeed turn out bigger (would have been weird if it didn’t). The left square isn’t even 8 cm but the right ones are 9 cm which is the gauge requirement. The pattern calls for 42 squares (only 40 to go!) but I want to make the blanket a bit bigger so I have a whole lot of squares to make.
Now, about those ends…
There have been a few really hot days and I’m reminded about last summer. Last summer was insufferably hot and we endured pain, worry, depression and visits to the hospital. We couldn’t go outdoors until the evening when there was more shade and it just kept going week after week. No one was happy and I’m glad we’ve had these hot days, partly to remember that no, I wasn’t crazy, last summer was hard, and partly because we’ve been able to handle it so much better this time, now that Einar is older. We’ve gone to the beach and the playground and spent as much time as possible on my mum’s porch. I’m not as scared of the sun as last summer either, and it’s also been so much easier now that we can go by bike and don’t have to walk with the stroller everywhere. It’s much cooler to ride a bike than to walk.
This week it will be cooler again and I welcome it. I liked the reminder, and I’m really happy about the trip to the beach, but now I’m fine with going back to cooler days. If nothing else, I have a load of gooseberries that wants to become marmalade and I’m not cooking berries for an hour during a heat wave.
I did my big yarn purchase today. It was quite amazing actually. Close to 70 skeins and yarn balls and I’m happy about each and everyone. I’ve planned some of the projects but some of the are just pretty to have. I have the patterns and yarn for two crochet blankets, two sweaters for me and one shawl. There is also some yarn for baby sweaters and another shawl.
Next time I rearrange the stash I will make sure to put all yarn, that are planned for something, together, maybe even with the pattern. Then I will put all those planned projects in their own section in the stash. Despite the frustration with the current sock project I really liked just picking a project that was sitting there just waiting. I didin’t have to plan anything, that was already done.
Maybe I should make a special hash tag just for this purchase, to see how long it takes me to knit it all up…
I’m planning a bigger yarn purchase and I figured I should make room in the freezer for that yarn. I took out all the yarn I’ve accumulated there lately, and apparently never moved to the stash, and it filled the entire living room table. I have a few kits here and a huge amount of mini-skeins (we should really talk about mini-skeins one day, I love them) and some other things. If you don’t count mini-skeins and kits I counted 44 skeins of yarn that have been hiding in my freezer. Some of it are from last summer (it was a hot summer and I was sleep deprived, standing by the freezer was a treat) and the rest has been accumulated over the past year. Crafts fair, yarn club, webpages. None of it has been bought in a store.
A part of me tells me to stop hoarding and another part says that it’s good to have a lot of yarn, you never know when you’ll need it. With that being said, I really wish I had more knitting time so that I could actually make a dent in the stash that is noticeable.
There is also the question about what to do with all the hand knits. I have so many shawls I can’t fit them in my closet anymore. What should I do with them? I’m not ready to part with them but soon I need to take care of the problem. I guess the family should expect more hand knits coming there way in the future.