I once talked to a painter and we discussed wall colors. I have a hallway beautifully painted in pink and I love it. The walls were nougat colored before and we thought that was a little dark and gloomy so we decided on pink instead. The painter I talked to explained that he once had a job where he was asked to paint in “boldly beige”. Both he and I thought this must be an oxymoron.

Since then I’ve found quite a few of these. I have a friend who said she cleaned out the only navy blue garment from her wardrobe, it felt too flaring among all the grays and blacks. I’ve never heard navy blue described as flaring before. Flaringly navy blue and boldy beige…

Today I showed my mum the socks I knit for her. She picked the color and I find them a bit dark now that I’m longing for spring. My mum disagreed, she found them snappy.. Snappy wine red, here we go again. I think I will start to collect these funny color descriptions – boldy beige, flaringly navy blue and snappy wine red. What’s next, descreetly cerise?

A little sock-in-progress

I have a lot on my plate right now. So much to do and at the same time, I’m quite tired. That means that there is not much knitting going on during the weeks but the weekends are mine. Tonight though I had to knit a few stitches and made a few rows on a sock-in-progress. It’s M&M knitting, just one more row, one more row. It’s lovely to see how the stripes move and I like it a lot. A sock is perfect when you have limited time, you can make quite a few rows in just a few minutes. Busy times like these, I take what I can get.

I will reach up high just like a rainbow

I did good! I held out casting on my new project till I was almost done studying and now I have submitted my papers and I have cast on my project. I’m very happy about it but it’s a bit tricky to carry the yarn of so many colors. I’m still figuring out how to do it but I guess I’ll find a way eventually. Anyway, I’m quite excited about the project and I hope it will continue being fantastic for the next few weeks. I have high hopes and high expectations, let’s hope they’ll last.

I couldn’t resist

Yup, I finished it. It’s what happens when it comes to procrastinating. It’s blocking now and all ends are woven in. It just needs buttons. I have also studied a bit and I have not cast on something new. I have ideas but my next big project will have to wait till Saturday when the yarn comes out of quaranteen in the freezer where it has spent the last week. I’m looking forward to it so I’ll look upon it as a treat for finished papers. But yes, some buttons and we have another finished object in 2018.

Procrastinating with a cardy

It’s winter vacation and I’m having some time off work. Since my classes are not on winter vacation I was going to use the free time to study. I have studied a bit but mostly I’ve been knitting on a toddler sweater. It’s excellent for procrastinating. Just one more row, one more stripe, and then I’ll study. Oh, I’m close to separating for the sleeves or the bottom edge, let’s do that and then I’ll study. Once this is finished I bet I will convince myself I need to cast on something new before I can study. This is dangerous and very bad for my studies, but on the other hand it’s very good for my knitting progress. It’s like I’ve totally gone into winter vacation mode, I’m hibernating on my couch with my wool and I’m having the best of time. Except for that need to study, that is. But tomorrow, tomorrow I’ll study. As long as I can keep myself from knitting the sleeves…

The ugly truth?

The other day an interesting question was raised: Can you give away something (in regards to knitting) that you yourself find ugly?

Me and my friends had different opinions on this. One friend was stubborn and said no, under no conditions can you give away something ugly. Personally I was a bit torn. Sure, if I find something being very ugly, why would I want to bestow it on a friend? And the truth is, I wouldn’t, not if it’s a pattern issue or a huge mistake that I made that is very obvious or the color makes me sick. But, and here is where me and my friend differ, if it’s just something that I find that I myself wouldn’t wear but there is nothing wrong with it otherwise, I would, and I have, give it away. I have bought yarn over the Internet that wasn’t to my taste when it arrived and I have asked friends if they like it and if they do, I give it to them. I have knit things that were not in a color I like at all and I’ve given it away. I have even kept things to myself that were too nice to give away and given something else instead.

I wouldn’t give away bad things, but I am giving things that might not be to my particular taste. Now, why is this? Well, I think it’s because I, or rather we, have learned the hard way that people’s taste in things differ quite a lot. Me and Agnieszka rarely have the same opinion on colors and what is pretty and what is not. Therefore I never make decisions regarding colors for her without making sure I know that she will like it first. I have other friends who love colors that I would never wear and I know that they, in their turn, will never understand my passion for pink. We’re just different and that’s okay.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I wouldn’t give away something to someone that I didn’t think they would like, but I would definitely give away something that I don’t like if I think they would like it instead. And why shouldn’t I? I will not be happy with it, if they will, why not give it to them? That’s much better than me either frogging or hiding it away in a closet somewhere never to be seen again.

So I say, give away the ugly as much as you’d like as long as your heart is in the right place.

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.

All work and no play…

I know I said it was time for Project Baby Love but a knitter can’t just knit baby cardigans. Therefore I have cast on a pair of socks that I have been looking forward to for quite a while. I’ll let you know how it’s progressing!

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!