Straight from the cottage: June

June brought lilacs and also purple yarn from the Eden Cottage Yarns‘ yarn club. With glitter! I love getting these little packages. They are so sweet, little boxes with tissue paper with flowers on them. And inside, the yarn, the soap and the image. Einar always want to play with the containers of lip balm and body lotion. I think he, correctly, finds the containers pretty and shiny.

June was inspired by red clover, a field flower very common in Sweden too. Every midsummer flower crown had red clover in them. The night before Midsummer, me and my mum always went up on the hills nearby to pick flowers and make a crown that I could wear on Midsummer Eve. Maybe next year Einar and I will be picking flowers for a crown for him. I’ll make sure to put red clover in it.

Unexpected but good

I need a project. Einar’s summer cardigan is almost finished and I need something to knit. I should be making a big lace shaw, which is next in pipeline, but my knitting time is so limited and fragmented these days that I don’t dare to start a complicated project like that. I hope that the baby will start sleeping better in a few weeks but right now, I need something that doesn’t require much thinking, that I can leave at any moment.

I thought long and hard about different things, shawls, socks, mittens, mitts, and so on. I even swatched for a simple cardigan but nothing seemed appealing. Then I thought again and looked at the stash. Kits. I have plenty of kits. I should knit a kit! I have socks kits for example. Sock kits that contain color work but suddenly I don’t feel so bad about that. I have a kit that I’ve been thinking of making lately and this is the time I believe. A pair of color work socks. Good choice!

Think like a yarn store

Two years ago I reorganized my stash in the Stash dash 2017. I went from sorting by color and loosely by weight (as in “heavy” and “not so heavy”) to sorting only by weight, from lace to bulky. Now, later in the summer I will have the opportunity to reorganize the stash again, due to a re-furnishing of the living room, and I wonder if I should keep the order I have or if I should take the opportunity to re-organize again.

I will have more space this time but I’m not sure I will have enough space to sort by weight and color for example. Or maybe I should just keep it the way I have it and just give each weight a little more room. How does other people organize their stash? A yarn store sort by brands and perhaps fibers but I don’t have those quantities (yet). I suppose I could still try to sort by brand within the weight, and perhaps also by fiber within the weight, that should really help me when I try to pick out yarn for a project. That would also help me to separate the expensive fancy-schmancy yarn from the bulk yarn, the one that have good quality and is useful to have around but there’s nothing spectacular about it.

This might actually be a good idea! I should think more like a yarn store when I organize the stash. How do I like my yarn stores to be organized and why? What are they usually doing and do I like that? This will be really helpful and I can’t wait to start putting it all together.

I’m also contemplating shelf for kits and one for mini-skeins.

World cup and all but have you ever played yarn chicken?

When I started this cardigan I was happy I got an opportunity to use up some stash yarn. I had six yarn balls and used three to make this. When I did the second cardigan (which was finished first) I wondered if I should use the other three yarn balls or if I could use the light grey from this cardigan. In the end I used the other three, which was good because I almost didn’t have enough of the dark grey that I used instead of this light grey.

Then when I went back to this cardigan, I kept knitting and suddenly it dawned on me. If I didn’t have enough yarn for both button bands on the other cardigan, I certainly wouldn’t for this cardigan, since it’s a bigger size, that I knew. But what if I didn’t have enough for the sleeves either? The closer I came to the finish line the more convinced I was that I wouldn’t have enough and I started planning a trip to the yarn store. But a trip to the yarn store would work against the whole point – to use up stash yarn. I decided to knit for as long as I could and hoped that I would at least have enough for the sleeves and then I would do the cuffs in a different color and then the game of yarn chicken started.

This evening I found myself with just an inch long cuff left and a small amount of yarn. Would I have enough? Should I shorten the cuffs? What was going to happen? This game of yarn chicken could go either way.

In the end, I won. I had enough for the cuff and didn’t have to shorten it. I can make the cardigan as I planned. The margins were on my side and with 49 centimeters left, I finished the sleeve. Victory is mine!

Short catch up

It’s been a while since my last entry but even I have some sort of vacation. I spend my time at the playground and at work and I try to get some knitting in there in between. Mainly I’m just trying to catch up what knitting time I lost when I was doing that secret project. I got it done in time but I had to work hard to meet other knitting deadlines. Mostly I just want to cuddle yarn and sleep and move on to funnier projects (don’t I always?). I’ve been ogling a crochet blanket which might be the next project. Soon, I hope.

Trust me on this one

I’ve gotten a rather tricky knitting assignment. It’s complex, it’s a deadline and it’s stealth. It’s ordered by a non-knitter and has quite some contradictive terms. It took me a while to figure out but I think I know what to do. The end result will be a bit unusual, although perfectly normal for a Knitter, and I’m not really looking forward to all the million questions I will receive. All those inevitable questions that will come up when someone has a clear image of how something should be done and then that thing isn’t done that way and they don’t trust me when I try to explain. Like when I was knitting socks in the lunch room at work and someone asked me for whom they were and I answered that they were for me. The person started questioning this, she thought the socks were for a child since they “looked so small” and I had to defend my poor socks and my knitting skills and assure her that I knew what I was doing. Those questions, I’m not looking forward to those. I will try to dodge the questions and blame it all on the person ordering the project. The project will be good and fill it’s purpose but perhaps not crafted in the most conventional way (people really should stop being so conservative), and that’s all that matters. We’ll see how it goes.

Straight from the cottage – May

May came with this little kit for the yarn club. At first I thought this yarn was only white, perhaps with a hint of grey, and I got a bit disappointed since it’s the third yarn in eight months that is white. But then I held it up to the light and saw that it’s also with a hint of green and all of a sudden it became much prettier and much more fun. White with grey wasn’t exactly what I had in mind when I thought of the month of May but white with green is something else. The picture and letter explained the thought behind yarn and and it just became much prettier.

This package came with a tea bag and some lip balm. The lip balm smells of apples which is a truly delicious smell. I’m getting quite a stash now of these skin care products. It’s nice.

Inspired by a duck

There is a duck in the river. It was moving fast and elegant forward and I’d like to think that’s what I’m doing with the baby sweater. Stripes are good for progress and I want to make good progress. Einar needs a summer cardigan and I have some other things in pipeline, things with a deadline, when Einar’s cardy is finished. So I’ll do as the duck, swim fast but elegant and hopefully everything will work out.

Hold tight and pretend it’s a plan

Since I’ve stated that it’s summer (it really is), it’s time to make the family ready for it. Grown-ups can fend for themselves but wee ones do need som assistance. Therefore I’m making Einar a light cotton sweater. I got some cotton yarn a while ago (December 2017) and I figure it’s time to put it to use. Since stripes are very lovely, I’m doing stripes. Also, I don’t have enough yarn to make something in one single color. So, stripes it is. I actually quite like the way it’s turning out too. But then again, stripes are rarely wrong.

The winner takes it all

I won! I actually won at yarn chicken. For some reason this cardigan didn’t need as much yarn as the last one. 288 meters instead of 369. I wonder why but I’m too happy it worked out to think about it too much. Now all need to do is weave in all those ends, block it and add buttons. And deliver it to the wee little one who’s going to wear it of course.