There is apparently always a first

I have a promise. I was asked to knit something in back and I said yes. I’m very honored to get this mandate but today, when the yarn arrived, I realized what I’ve said yes to. I’m going to knit in black. Black. I don’t knit in black. I knit in green and red and blue and I flirt with yellow but above all I knit in pink. I’m not sure how this will end but I will try to surround the knitting with green and pink thoughts and alternate with other projects. This will happen and I have until May to finish. It’s doable, it really is.

Still though. Black. Really?

 

Awaiting spring evenings

The light is returning! This afternoon I left work a tad earlier than usual at it was still light outside. We keep forgetting in January that the light is returning when the weather is gray but today was a sunny day and that reflected on the sunset and the light. I really look forward to the spring evenings, there is something special about spring evenings. There are so many things that can happen, so many promises in the air, and a little wistfulness too. There are som many memories from spring evenings too. Also, with the light comes more energy and the days get longer in so many ways. I think there are good times ahead.

Needle size makes all the difference

It feels like I’ve barely knit any rows today but that’s the great thing about size 8 needles, the knitting just flies by. My shawl just gets prettier and prettier with every stitch, the color variations are amazing. I’ll keep knitting whenever I’ve got a chance (which isn’t that often but again, size 8 needles for the win!) and we’ll see when I’ll be able to wear it. A light spring shawl perhaps?

A lovely reminder

Back in November I got a surprise from a co-worker. She gave me a little parcel with two small skeins of yarn, purchased on a business trips. With the yarn came the intended project but without pattern. My co-worker had bought a shawl that she thought pretty and she wanted me and Jenny to have one each as well. Being the clever and sweet person that she is, she didn’t buy us shawls, she got us kits, which is so much better for a knitter. Now, this co-worker knows me because she got me the perfect color as well.

Now, I got this yarn kit two months ago, when my brain was gone and I was in the middle of the semester and some last Christmas gifts. This meant that the kit wasn’t really on the top of the brain pile, so to speak. Last night I finished the heel on the movie socks and I finished the second sleeve on the baby sweater which meant I didn’t have a to-go project. I brought a ball of sock yarn today, just to have something, but I didn’t get a chance to use it and when my co-worker came by my office today I suddenly knew what my next project would be. This lovely shawl was the obvious answer.

So, it’s a kit for a certain project but there is no pattern. Instead I’ve taken a brief look at my co-workers shawl and the saleslady had written the needle size on the ball band. So now I’m knitting and we’ll see how it turns out. Either way, the color is so delicious it will be pretty no matter what.

This is the fifth project I cast on this year and they’ve all been in various shades of pink. It wasn’t planned, it just happened. I’m not sure what that means but I’m certainly not objecting. A pink January followed by an equally pink February would be awesome!

 

I’m ready for the next one

Haha, I have made the heel and the gusset on my movie sock and it’s now ready for the next movie night. I figure that if one movie got the leg done, then another movie should get me to the toe increases. That should make four movies before I have a new pair of socks. That’s not bad. I simply have to go to the movies more often since my ratio is about three a year and I’m not sure I want to wait over a year for my socks.

They are turning out very pretty too but I’m a bit bummed about the color gradually changing on the heel flap instead of the leg or the foot. That way no one will really see it and neither will I. Oh well, better luck on the next sock.

Leveling

So, I managed to finish the preparations for my new knitting. I’ve been thinking of doing this for a while and when a good friend of mine told me she had done it and it worked fine so I figured I should try. Tonight I got the opportunity and I feel like I’ve really leveled up in my knitting. I’ve knit at the movies! I even remembered to use wooden needles.

I know, I know, this is something all of you have done for quite some time but I haven’t before. I don’t go to the movies that often and I’ve been a little hesitant to try. It really wasn’t difficult at all. I was even able to pick up a dropped stitch. This opens up a whole new world! The only problem is that it’s all about vanilla socks at the movies and all my delicious sock yarn will look so much better in the Business Casual pattern. Nevertheless, I’ve started a pair of movies socks and now I should really finish the heel before the next time I go to watch a movie.

Most problematic was actually to be able to knit and eat my snacks but I managed that too in the end.

At least I had fun doing it

Priorities are funny things. I need to start a new knitting tonight and I probably have more 2,5 mm needles somewhere (in fact, I know I do) but instead of taking ten minutes to find them, I spent a couple of hours finishing my work-in-progress to free up the needles. It might not have been the best use of my time, but I do have a finished knitting and that can never be a bad thing. Now I just have to graft this sock together and start my new project and all will be well.

Come to think of it though, I really need wooden needles for this…

 

Color ideas

Colors never ceases to amaze me. You never know when you find new insights and new ideas. The other day I saw these bobbinets and the pink and the red almost sang to me. Those two colors together would be so very pretty and I’m thinking shawls. Together with a nice neutral it could be an amazing three color shawl. Now I just have to find yarn in the same shades as these threads. It won’t be easy but I’m in no hurry, it’s an idea to bring with me, in the back of my head as I move forward with my knitting. One day I will find the right yarn and the shawl will be epic!

Pink progress

My pink baby sweater is moving forward, just sleeves and some buttons and then we’re home. I love knitting things for babies, it’s such a quick knit. (Except for hats, babies have such big heads.) The color variations made it even quicker but it will be interesting to see how the sleeves will turn out. I only have one yarn ball left so I’m guessing the sleeves will look very differently from one another,, possibly one grey and one pink. I guess that’s as good a way as any to learn to distinguish left from right. You have to begin early, I guess…

“Håll käften, jag räknar” – a review

I do enjoy a good knit lit. I’ve read my first in January 2009 so I’ve done it for a while. I’ve read funny stories about knitting, knitting humour, knitting crime novels, knitting drama and knitting romance novels. For my birthday this year I got some more knit lit, the first (?) ever Swedish knit lit: Håll käften, jag räknar (Shut up, I’m counting) by Julia Skott. She also has a knitting pod together with some friends – Rätt avigt – but I’ve never listened to it before. All in all, I’m more familiar with the English speaking knitting world than the Swedish one but after this I might consider changing that.

I enjoyed the book very much. In the beginning I found it a bit slow but it improved the more I read and the final chapters were very interesting and well written. Julia Skott mixes well known (to the knitting world) “facts” and ideas with her personal opinions and she philosophizes around knitting. For a new knitter, or a more experienced knitter who would like to expand her knitting world, this book is great, since it tells you and explains most aspects of the knitting world. For me there wasn’t much that stroke me as new, and in the beginning I thought Skott to perhaps be a little too influenced by the Yarn Harlot, but then again I’ve been reading said author regularly for about eight years, I have all her books and there isn’t much going on that she hasn’t spoken about before. Also, Skott mentions Yarn Harlot in the end and I figure, who wouldn’t be inspired by that wonderful woman?

No matter how much the Swedish knitting society is picking up, we are still years behind the English speaking one (our’s is also with a twist, we have our own knitting society with our own traditions and history which of course is reflecting in modern knitting but we can’t deny that a lot is happening overseas and a lot of it is great too) and this book is really something if you want to expand your knitting world or if you would like an introduction to the knitting world beyond. I know a lot of knitters who “doesn’t do computers” (direct quote) or who feels intimidated by patterns in English (funny enough, the most recent person who said that doesn’t think twice about bobbin lace patterns in Dutch, but I digress), or over all is a little bit afraid to go beyond their local yarn store and there is nothing wrong with that as long as they are happy with it. But for someone who feels limited by this, this book is perfect. It explains all you need to know, all things you might have seen and wondered about and I know that every knitter, no matter how experience they have or if they’ve just picked up a pair of needles once or twice, will find something in this book that they will recognize. That’s not the easiest thing to do but Skott manages it beautifully.

I will definitely start listening to the pod from now on.