I’ve spent another evening sewing buttons. A total of 27 buttons to be exact, on four different cardigans. That makes 68 buttons since New Year’s. That’s insane! And here I’ve been thinking I don’t have the energy for blocking or weaving in ends or sewing buttons and I’ve been thinking it’s okay, I should concentrate on the fun part, the knitting. But 68 buttons is no game, it means serious business. Obviously I do have the energy, I’m not just focused on the fun part. I finish things. I’ve finished 22 things in 2018. In comparison I finished 34 items in 2017, granted that was a very bad year for me. Normally I’m above 60-70, and sometimes even 80, but last year was exceptionally low due to a lot of reasons and I wasn’t sure this year would actually prove to be better, but it seems it might work out. That’s really good news, I missed myself last year, if that makes sense. I doubt I will make it to 60 this year but I hope I can manage more than last year. At least, that’s the goal.
My MKAL is a Sherlock Holmes themed one. I have started on clue no. 3 and knit a few rows. I wanted some company while knitting and put on Netflix and looked through some of the shows and found one I’ve seen many times before but always find entertaining. It took me a while to realize it but I had put on the show Sherlock all the while knitting a Sherlock Holmes themed shawl. I find it very fitting.
My mystery knit along club always says that every clue is non stressful. Usually that is true, the longer the rows the fewer rows per clue which is generally very nice. This time though the rows are not getting longer, since it’s a rectangular wrap, but every clue has so many rows! Usually a clue includes about 4000 sts. This time though, they have about 7000 sts. I like how this shawl is coming along but must the clues have so many rows just because I’m behind?
Right now I’ve finished the second clue (and it’s sort of past my bed time) and I have two clues left before next Friday. Since I mostly have the energy to knit during weekends I doubt I will make much progress before the next clue arrives. Oh well, it’s not a really a problem, I just find it ironic that this time around the clues are so long when they’ve never been that before. It will work out and most importantly, the shawl will look great.
Project Baby Love is moving steadily forward. One more button mission and I’m done for a while. Instead I’ve cast on a shawl for myself, it was about time I made another shawl and for me too. I’ve made a lot of baby cardigans lately but now I need a break. I’ve cast on eight cardigans this year and so far I’ve finished six (I had two that were cast on last year) while four more need buttons. That’s ten cardigans all in all, in warying sizes.
Now I’m going to concentrate on my new shawl and my socks in progress. And sleep, sleep is a very good alternative to knitting right now.
Maintenance night was a success and it wore off on today as well. I managed weave in all ends on my rainbow sweater and block it too. That really earned me the luxury to cast on something new. But, the thought of all these buttons over the past few months got me thinking. It seems people have different ideas on how to sew buttons and I figure I could share how I do it. I prefer sewing with the yarn I used for knitting, preferably with one of the ends I have to weave in anyway. Then I use the same end for all the buttons, without cutting it in between. That might be good or bad but one thing that I think is good is that it’s only the last button sewn that might fall off (or will at least fall off first) since the others are attached with the same thread. That means that none of the middle buttons can be pulled off just like that (unless you cut the yarn of course) which feels especially reassuring when it comes to baby sweaters. Babies like to pull at things and it would be bad if they managed to pull off a button and put it in the mouth. That’s my prefered method of sewing buttons.
It started with a project idea, as it so often does. I want to cast on something new even though I’m in the middle of a baby cardigan (well, it’s the sleeves really, do they really count?). I want to knit but I figured that if I want to cast on something before finishing those sleeves, I should at least finish something else first. Hence, maintenance night. I’ve sewn buttons (I really should stop making cardigans, there are way too many buttons this spring, about 41 so far), I’ve strung ribbons, I’ve done maintenance and I’ve finished three items. I really should be weaving in ends on my rainbow cardigan but three finished items is not bad.
Three finished projects should entitle me to start a new on, right? It will be pink, grey and blue and I think it will look great. So, maintenance tonight and new project tomorrow.
I did finish my sweater too. I was worried I wouldn’t have enough of the purple yarn but in the end it turned out to be just enough. I have 147 cm left and as someone said, I don’t have to worry about what to do with the left overs. I do have some left of all the other colors but I figure that could always turn into a baby sweater or something. Now I have about 36 ends to weave in, which is quite a lot and thus I haven’t done it yet, nor have I blocked it. But it shall be done, I’m just not sure when.
About ten years ago I made cuffs everywhere I went. There were cuffs wth beads and I invented my own patterns. All my friends got a pair and I even invented a bead pattern with the sky line from my town that were sold at the tourist office for a little while. I knitted cuffs everywhere, I even hid my knitting in my props during theatre performance so I could knit while waiting for my scenes behind the set pieces. I had cuffs for every outfit, in every color possible.
Then I moved on to other knittings and other type of cuffs and I sort of forgot to knit beaded cuffs. Now though I’m in need of cuffs. I haven’t made myself cuffs in ages and all my cuffs are worn out. I need new ones. It also seems that I haven’t made cuffs in so long that I have forgotten how to do it! I know of course what yarn I used, and I found some easily enough in the stash. I also know what beads I used and I have plenty left in my boxes and drawers. But then I was stuck. What to make? And how to treat the beads? And I wasn’t in the mood for a huge experiment, I need my cuffs, quickly.
In the end there were no beads. I realized I need a pair of basic cuffs, quickly, and so I cast on a pair of grey cuffs, without beads, but at least with a little lace at the edge to keep the knitting interesting. I can continue with beads and more fancy cuffs later if I feel the need. Back when I was knitting cuffs with beads I barely knit anything else, now they are just a project among so many other projects. A basic cuff, not anything anyone will remember, but it will fill its purpose nevertheless.
To me Easter, and all the other holidays during spring, are meant for knitting. Easter usually means four glorious days of knitting and I most often get a lot done. I remember for example March 2016 when the projects just seem to fall of the needles and I completed so much in no time at all. This hasn’t been the case, neither last year nor this, but I’m getting there. Friday and Saturday I was too tired to make any real progress but today I’ve manager to get quite a lot of knitting done. Also, this year I have a real Easter break for the first time in about 15 years and I’m going to knit the snot out of it. Besides the project shown above I hope to make myself a pair of ordinary wrist warmers. The ones I have are totally worn out and I need a new pair. That’s what Easter break is for.