It’s too darn hot

We’re having an incredible summer this year. It’s the warmest summer on over 70 years. I wish I could go swimming but that’ll have to wait till Me Made can come with. Maybe next summer. Then we’ll GP to the park, go to the lake and other nice outdoor activities.

I’m glad I planned my current knitting to be a cotton cowl, knitting in wool would be impossible. I might have to pause my project list and add another cotton project just because it’s too hot to even touch wool.

Next summer, that’s when we’ll do all of the fun things. I bet it will be a rainy one. Doh!

Field trip

I’ve been wanting to make a little outing for quite some time. It’s a super hot summer and we’re a bit stuck in our equally hot apartment and I want to get out to see something different for a change. So yesterday Me Made, me and my mum went for a little outing to an old mill just outside of the town. We weren’t gone for long but it was enough to make feel like I’ve actually been doing something and taken advantage of the nice weather.

We looked at art and jewellry and I got a little crochet hook, size 6 mm, which is smaller than I had before (my smallest was 75 mm). I got it for a bargain too so now I need to start looking into beaded projects again. It will have to wait though, as I have my list, but it’s nice to know I have an even smaller crochet hook, should I need one.

Me Made was sceptical at first but then slept through it all. Me, I ended the outing with a very nice chocolate vegan cake.

Why, oh why?

I really don’t like yarn balls that look like this. Why, you ask, it looks like a perfectly good yarn ball. Well, there is nothing wrong with the actual yarn, it’s as lovely as ever. Also, there is nothing wrong with the knitting it creates, it’s as lovely as the knitter makes it. No, the problem with yarn balls that look like this when you cast on…

…is that they look like this after a while. In particular when it comes to cotton. Lace weight wool also has the same tendency. This is impossible. You can’t knit with this without giving it a little tender love and care first, and honestly, isn’t it nicer to actually knit than to wind yarn? I like to knit with the yarn end from the middle of the ball and this is what happens after a while. Impossible, I say!

In the end I took care of it, it had to be done. Why, why does anyone make these kinds of yarn balls?

I can have nice things

I’m simply in love with this pale blue/pale gray color. I wish I could have a simple summer sweater in it and yes, I looked into that but there weren’t enough yarn for that left at the store. This yarn is discontinued, one of the worst words in the English language (at least when it comes to yarn) and leads to actions just as severe as the word limited followed by edition. So, no simple pale blue cotton summer sweater yet. Instead I picked it for my cotton cowl. The plan is to use that during summer as well so why not pick this yarn?

This is quite huge for me, I’m not always (never!) good at picking yarn I really like from my stash and use it for a project so I’m proud of myself for doing it. I hesitated for a minute but realized this project fulfilled every criteria I had for using the yarn. It was simply perfect.

1. I love the yarn and the color in particular.

2. I feel a bit bad for buying it and not using it and therefore need to knit it. It was at least ten baby sweaters worth of yarn and I’ve only made two so far.

3. I did not have enough in this color for a sweater for me.

4. The project is for me.

5. I need a cowl so why not make it a pretty one?

So I cast on and felt very daring. Now I just hope I finish soon so I can wear my lovely cotton cowl.

What a difference a stitch makes

I’ve taken my cardigan out for a spin. It works and fits fine and the buttons works surprisingly well, except that three would have been enough. I’m very proud of this cardigan and so happy that I managed to make it.

There is something quite fun with this pattern in that the instructions and the pictures do not correlate with each other. I have knit according to the instructions and lifted two stitches together as if to make a knit stitch. This made the pattern pictured above.

My mum, who has also knit this cardigan, did as the pattern picture showed and lifted only one stitch and the effect is very different. Two ways, both having the same result – two stitches decreased -, both equally pretty in their own way, but totally different when it comes to effect on the over all look. That’s pretty cool.

Pattern: Blomstertrøje by Lene Holme Samsøe. Yarn: Line from Sandnes Garn. Mods: I omitted the tulip pattern and also lenghtend the cardigan four centimeters. I also knit on the neckband instead of sewing.

Pretty darn proud of this one

My cardigan is finished! As you can see, I’ve even sewn the buttons. The cardigan fits nicely but perhaps it’s a little shorter than I anticipated. Also, three buttons would have been enough, the top one is so high up it will likely never be buttoned. I’ll Thank of it as a design feature. Also, the buttons are a tad big but I’ll leave them for now. It’s a busy summer, I need a cardigan, not more job. I could always change them later.

(That will so never happen.)

Hard work

After a few days without knitting due to illness, fever, blood, hospitals, milk and trouble eating, I finally sat down this morning with the pieces of my black cardigan. I fixed the little mistake I had made and started the neckband. According to the pattern I should knit it separately and sew it to the cardigan. Well, sewing (knitwear, sewing knitwear that is) isn’t that fun so I attached it to the actual cardigan while knitting it. It worked out beautifully even though I had to rip it out once.

Sewing the shoulder seams and side seams were easy but it took three times before I had one attached sleeve. That’s what happens when you only have bits and pieces of time to work on it, but now it’s there. The color didn’t help either, very tricky to see the stitches and even worse since the yarn is a cotton linen blend and therefore splits very easily, especially when sewing. But now it’s there!

One sleeve to sew, some ends and four buttons to go. Yay me!

What’s next

I’m getting closer and closer to finish my gradient shawl. Just a few (very long but still) rows left. The question is how to proceed after that (let’s ignore for a while the pieces of the black cardigan waiting on the couch to be sewn together). I have a few ideas and and semi-deadlines so I just have to make a plan. Since I’m pretty limited timewise I need to start early and take small steps and plan ahead.

I have three somewhat small projects planned right now. I need to decide on yarn and I’ve searched the stash. In the forseeable future I will try to make:

1. A cotton cowl for myself to protect my neck on windy days when I wear the baby carrier. I have decided on a pattern and I also have the yarn already, I only need to the decide on color.

2. A baby cardigan. A friend is having a baby and I want to make a cardigan for this new little human. I have the yarn planned, it’s a sister yarn, same yarn but different color, as I used in a cardigan that Me Made wore. Maybe I’ll do the same pattern too. Maybe.

3. A lace shawl. I got a yarn ball on lace weight a few months ago and made a commitment to make a shawl. I will combine it with another lace weight from the stash, and possibly something else as well, I haven’t decided on a pattern yet.

That’s my plan, but for now I will concentrate on finishing my gradient shawl.

A very confusing loop

I’m getting closer and closer to the bind off on my gradient shawl and the closer I get the lighter the color. I’m soon at the lace edge but right now I’m enjoying the endless rows of stockinette stitch.

The pattern is sonewhat confusing though. It says “Rows 7, 8, 9, 10: Like row 7 (343 sts).” So row 7 is like row 7? It might be the most confusing knitting instruktion I’ve ever seen. Oh, well, it’s not my first parade and I’ll make something up as I go along. At least I know that I should have a number of 343 sts when I’ve finished row 10.