Easter knitting

This year’s Easter cake. A lovely chocolate cake. It’s been very warm today and we took Me Made on a bike ride which was very appreciated. Easter is always a time for knitting if you ask me. It’s a long weekend and at a time when you often have quite some time to knit. Christmas is far away and it’s most often still cold enough to want to knit and the break is not long enough that you have to feel bad if you spend the entire weekend indoors knitting. This Easter hasn’t brought as much knitting as earlier years but still a little more than usual these days. I’m training Me Made to feel a bit sated about knitting, to make it less interesting, in the hopes of having yarn balls still intact and needles still stuck to their designated project in the future. So far we’re doing well although the occasional thread has caught Me Made’s eye. Very much like a cat in that way, Me Made is.

The head wrap, you say?

My head wrap is making fast progress. It’s a quick knit, only 19 stitches per row, and each pattern repeat is 10 rows so as long as I don’t lose focus I should have my little head wrap  finished by next Friday. I’ll knit till I run out of yarn, it doesn’t seem worth it to use up more than one yarn ball for this project since it’s mainly for fun. I’ve never felt like I need a hand knit head wrap before so I’m not sure how much I will use it beside this costume party. If I get it finished before said party, that is. Lost of focus and blocking are the two things that might ruin it for me – focus because other knittings are quite tempting right now, and blocking because it’s a little hard to find the opportunity to block something since Me Made likes to examine things. I’ll worry about blocking later though, first things first and finish the knitting definitely takes priority.

Costume party!

I’ve been invited to a costume party. I’m going to dress up as a knitter, an exaggerated image of a knitter. Every stereotypic idea about a knitter, that’s what I’m going to pick. I’m going to dress up in knitwear from top to bottom, layer with multiple shawls, spray my hair with red hair paint, put it up in a bun and stick a knitting needle through it, hand out flyers for the next knitting retreat, and carry around a basket with yarn, projects and office supplies. The advantage of this is that it won’t be weird at all for me to pick up a knitting during the party, it’s totally in character. I’ll even say it’s something for my grandchildren.

Now, obviously, I already have everything I need to create this look. I’ll wear my linen sweater, accessorize with a few slightly mismatched shawls, pick some yarn from the stash to put in my basket, wear knitting inspired earrings and talk at length about yarn weight and the advantages of circular needles over dpn’s (or the opposite). The only thing I don’t have is a head wrap. I have a lot of hair, this knitter is obviously accessorizing with a matching (or not) head wrap. Time for a stash dash, I thought, and came out with this bamboo yarn that will make a lovely head wrap that hopefully goes well together with my hair color for the evening. It will be perfect!

I hope people will understand that it’s only a costume…

Too long but not too bad

While waiting for the other bonnet to block I cast on a new. I cast on while on a train ride and I had no measuring tape with me so I had to wing it. Was going for 9 inches and ended up with 11 1/2 so I was a bit off, which I also realized while knitting it. I figure I don’t have to worry about frogging 2 inches though since it’s i-cord for the bow.

The construction of this bonnet is intriguing and I’m very much looking forward to see where it takes me. I’ve again used stash yarn and although I’ve used yarn that aren’t the best or the nicest to knit I consider this more of a toile and if it turns out nice I’ll make another one in different yarn.

Too big turned out too small

So the hat is finished. It just needs an i-cord and then its done. It’s pretty and purple. There is only one problem. It’s too small. It ends just across Me Made’s ears and that’s not  really suitable for a baby hat. I even picked the biggest size, 2-4 yrs, and it’s still too small. I should have swatched. One should always swatch but I would never have thought something this much bigger (1-3 yrs) would be too small. I will see if I can block it out (yeah right), otherwise I will have to add a brim at the bottom. I’ll sit calmly in the boat till I’ve blocked it at least.

I really hope a block will fix it.

Grey or white?

So, one of the contrasting colors in my leftover shawl won’t be enough and I need to figure out which of these two will work best between the purple and the blue. The grey looks nice with the purple, I have an entire shawl with those colors after all, but I think it’s not enough contrast between the grey and the blue. The white on the other hand looks nice with the blue but perhaps a little too much contrast with the purple. I’m not sure what to do but I don’t want to bring in another color, of that I’m sure. It will have to marinate a little and then maybe the answer will be clear to me.

In the meantime, I’m knitting Me Made’s hat.

Bon bonnet de bébé

Yesterday I cast on Me Made’s spring bonnet and I’ve so far done the folded hem and started the pattern for the main fabric. So far I like it and I love the fact that I was able to use stash yarn. Stash yarn and from a weight category that is overflowing. This color will match the stroller and I think the bonnet will be quite perfect for Me Made, as long as it fits. I like bonnets because they can be tied under the chin and they don’t fall down over the eyes as easily as hats. All other projects are on hold for now and this is what gets all the attention. My baby needs a bonnet, mommy is knitting!

Spring hat

I tried to buy (I know!) a hat for Me Made today. A hat more suited for warmer spring days. It was not possible though since apparently my baby’s head is too big for the hats suited for the age. Even when I tried to buy a hat I failed and again got proof that knitting is the best. Now I only need to find a pattern (the ones I’ve seen lists Me Made’s head size as child, not baby or toddler. I’m sure it’s because my baby is really smart), one that is not too warm and not too cold. It’s easier said that done but I’m sure there will be a bonnet pattern out there somewhere that is just right. All other projects need to hold, my baby needs a hat!

SABLE. n. Stash Accumulated Beyond Life Expectancy

It’s time we talk about SABLE. I’ve been under the impression that I haven’t reached SABLE and that it’s still a long time before I do. I don’t have that much yarn and I’m sure I can finish it in a year (maybe two probably three) if you give me enough knitting time, meaning that you remove things like house chores and work and such. With all those things I probably need yet another year or so, maybe a little more. I honestly don’t have that much yarn.

Then things happened. My knitting time was reduced to the bare minimum, not to mention blocking time which is nonexistent. And then the politics are postponing the year of retirement. The first one I could tackle with my not so big stash but the latter. I’m worried. I have lovely stash and it would be sad if I didn’t get to use it. I have always trusted retirement to help me finish up any stray skeins laying around but now I don’t know. I also doubt the politicians will understand if I ask them not to postpone the year of retirement because that means I might have reached SABLE.

I need to tame the stash, otherwise I will reach SABLE before I know it. So, back to the needles, I have work to do.

Bursting

Just to prove my point I want to show you some flowers that I ran into today. Spring is here and has been for a little while as these flowers will tell you since they clearly didn’t show up just yesterday. It’s been a windy but sunny day and I’ve seen flowers everywhere. Nature is bursting with life and it’s wonderful to be a spectator to that and also to Me Made discovering it for the first time. Also, and I didn’t see that before, it seems my shawl in progress is actually color inspired by spring. Now I need to hurry up to finish it so I can use it while it’s still spring.