Send in the plans

I am so tired of this shawl now! Endless rows of lace weight knitting. I try to knit at least two rows each night but that means this shawl won’t be finished for another month. I have at least 30 rows left and then I need to think of some kind of edging. I should have cast off a long time ago but I got cheap and wanted to use up as much as possible of the yarn. I have two ridges left of the garter stitch section and then another lace section and, again, som kind of edging. I worry a bit about that edging. I don’t know what to do about it and that stresses me a bit. I want to have a plan, there ought to be plans! Preferably I want something with scallops as I find it easier to block but we’ll see how much yarn I have left.

Alright, one row at a time.

Never Have I Ever…

I found this funny list by Dana Gervais (@danagervais) on Instagram. I got 5 points.

1. I knit my first pair of socks in early 2010. I’ve knit many more since then.

2. I knit the first sweater for myself in high school and the last sweater I knit was this spring. I’m sure there are more to come.

3. I have never steeked a project! 1 point.

4. I have knit with lace yarn. I’m currently knitting with lace yarn. I’m not fond.

5. I never use a cable needle, I find it easier without.

6. I have never accidentally felted a completed project. (Unless you count shrinking one.) 1 point.

7. I often ignore mistakes and continue knitting.

8. I don’t think I have bought yarn in the same color as I have in my stash but definitely the same kind. I have found yarn that I’ve thought I had never seen before and bought it only to come home and find I have that exact same brand in my stash.

9. Oh, so many.

10. I often put a needle in my hair and forget it. By now it’s usually the first place I look when I’m missing one.

11. I can’t promise it was through the back loop but I think it was. It was definitely 7 though.

12. I have never knit something for a pet. (Does a stuffed animal count?) 1 point.

13. Constantly. Although I do for sweaters and cardigans.

14. Again, constantly. I asked someone the other day if they were wearing a Hitchhiker. They weren’t. Or at least they didn’t know as they hadn’t knit that shawl for themselves. (Instead they started to explain to me how that shawl (who they hadn’t knit themselves) was made. Well, I kind of knew that, I identified the pattern in the first place.)

15. Yep. For example, I started this shawl 5 years ago. It’s still not finished.

16. I prefer charts.

17. Well, if I forget my knitting in the waiting room I don’t have a knitting anymore and we can’t have that. 1 point.

18. Of course! How else would on pass the time?

19. I have never knit with it but I have some in the freezer. I haven’t felt worthy yet. 1 point.

20. I have swatched with needles that size. I need up using 2.25 mm though.

Five points. Time to steek something, it seems.

One day

With my socks finished, or rather, just a block away, this old thing has gotten some love again. I’m a bit tired of it and why, oh why, did I invent such an ambitious design? I’m tired of lace weight and endless rows, I just want to be over with it. Normally, if I just put some effort into it, it would be finished in a few days, but these days, who knows. In February perhaps. It will be finished though, one day.

Unplanned

Yesterday this happened. Yep, that is one finished sock. I had hoped to maybe be able to finish it at knit night tomorrow and then I got to knit a bit and before I knew it I had one finished sock. It’s great of course, I’m really happy with it. But what am I going to knit at knit night?

Warm back

Tomorrow is first of Advent and today Me Made and I went down to the storage room in the basement to get the decorations. The basement is chilly and it was a great opportunity to try out the vertebrae cardigan that I finished a little while ago. Me Made didn’t seem to mind it and was warm and cosy while in the basement.

The hem around the neck is a different color, and a different yarn, because Me Made’s arms are a bit longer than babies of the same age usually have so I didn’t have enough pink yarn left for the hem. I figure I wouldn’t anyway but this way I didn’t get any left overs either, which is good for the stash.

It’s simply a great cardigan when using a baby carrier, or when the baby is on its belly of course, but I thought of the baby carrier when I decided to make it. And it works!

Pattern: Baby Vertebrae by Kelly van Niekerk. Yarn: Ulrika from Svarta fåret, color 42, and Rios from Malabrigo, color Pearl. Mods: switched the kfb to M1.

Hats we remember

We’ve had a few cold days, finally. I’ve roamed my closet and pulled put my winter coat. I love it but it is getting a bit old. I’ve had it for many years now and it might be time to get a new one. A new coat means new knitwear to go with the coat, although I can’t say my current hat is really going with the coat either.

I made it last year and it’s lovely, especially since I found a pompom in the perfect shade of gray. Over the course of this coat though, I’ve had plenty of hats going with it. My first hat, made BB – before blog, was a gray and purple hat, a lovely hat and I loved it very much. It went missing one year though, and I don’t know where. I just couldn’t find it in the fall. It’s probably here somewhere but I haven’t seen it for years.

When that went missing I must have worn hats that were not hand knit for a while. I have lovely berets for example. In 2016 I made myself a new hat though but I lost that one last year. It was a good hat so that was sad but I got over it. If we never lost any knitwear, we would never have a reason to make new ones.

With a new coat I would have a chance to make new things though. A hat and some mittens, scarf I can always conjure from deep within my drawers. But a hat and mittens. I need mittens anyway because for some reason I can’t seem to find the ones I used last year. It seems evident I need a routine for where I put my winter clothes over summer. Maybe I’ll start one in the spring.

Pattern: Violet Hat by Yaroslavla Handmade. Yarn: Flumps Chunky from Ginger’s Hand Dyed, color Hot Fuzz. No mods.

Straight from the cottage – November

Remember the yarn club I entered? The one where I get one skein per month? Well, today I got the skein for November. The color inspiration comes, as always, from nature and this month hawthorn is represented. This created a ochre kind of color and I think something in that color would look good with my grey coat. A shawlette perhaps.

Hawthorn is a great tea flavor so I’m surprised the tea bag that came with the package is not hawthorn but peppermint. So is the lip balm. It doesn’t matter of course but the yarn made me thirsty for hawthorn tea.

The color and the flavor are suitable for November when we’re not quite ready for Christmas and everything is quite grey but you can still see some yellow leaves here and there. Also, the birthstone for November is citrine or yellow topaz so that fits very well. I think I can definitely work with this.

Yay, I have enough

My sock is badly neglected but today I got a moment to finish the first one. That’s good and all, but that also means I have one sock left to knit as feet often come in pairs. I have cast on the second sock but that’s it. I like them and I do like to knit socks, it’s my regular pattern (I think you can call it that after 11 pairs) and I think it will be great but again, the time, there just is none.

One thing was good about today’s finished sock (besides the obvious progress of course) at that was the amount of left overs. I was worried I wouldn’t have enough yarn for socks this size but the amount left shows I could have knit even bigger socks. I have another ball for the second sock and I must say that I like sock yarn that comes in smaller balls because then you know, without weighing, that you have enough.

Fun blue

As a reward for all the ends I wove in yesterday, I cast on something new. I still have a shawl and a pair of socks on the needles (and the second half of those ends) but I wanted something new too, a reward. Plus, this is DK weight and my shawl is lace weight so I definitely deserve something heavier. (I’m really not a lace weight person.)The color is great too. I think it will be a fun project.

In the mean time I’ll be happy just to look at them

I got one of those good packages today. You know, the ones that contain the best things. This had yarn in it. Yarn in lovely colors. Pink and green and yellow. Even in the feeble fall light it looks great. Now I just have to decide what to make. And when to make it. I don’t know what will be the trickiest problem to solve.