It seems I haven’t made any progress at all on my shawl in the last week. I’ve dutifully done two rows each day and I know there is not that much left but the rows are just endless. There are about 600 stitches per row at this point and that just isn’t acceptable. After this it will be a long time before I knit in lace weight again. A cardigan with 3/4 sleeves in aran weight yarn perhaps? Mm, aran weight. Or bulky. Bulky is good. Anything on big needles is good. Especially bulky. There is yarn in my stash, I know it. Maybe I could just take a little peak, nothing serious, just to orientate myself a little bit, see what I have and so on, get some inspiration for the future. I can totally stop at anytime. Yes, I won’t cast on something new, no, I will be faithful to this darned shawl. I’ll give it till New Year’s. After that, I’ll cast on something new.
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.
Today was a special day where we got to bring some of our closest family and revisit the lovely mansion where got married three years and a few months ago. Not an anniversary or anything, just watering of plants, lunch and cake. My veil, my Princess shawl, got to come as well and we took the opportunity to take some Christmas-y pictures of Me Made. This is the first time that veil has gotten som use since the wedding, normally it lives in the freezer. Me Made wasn’t as amazed of that veil as would perhaps have been appropriate, but instead tried to eat it, but that’s fine. It survived and got to go back into the freezer again once safely returned home (the veil, not Me Made).
I continue to collect Christmas decorations now that I don’t have that many at home. This was next to my table at the café I went to after work. Very cosy. I have brought up our candle holders from the basement but no one has had the time nor energy to put them up yet and with only two weeks till Christmas we need to hurry up if we’re going to get it done. We’ll see, it will be our little Christmas mystery.
This is amazing. The castle made out of gingerbread. This is the kind of window display that I love most but it also makes me a little sad. It’s beautiful, absolutely beautiful, and it looks like something straight out of The Nutcracker. But it also makes me think of stories like The Little Match Girl. This must have been the kind of window that she looked into and wished for warmth and something to eat. It looks so bright and warm and cosy and I can’t help but think of the ones who can’t have that.
There is another ginger bread house, or rather building. It’s the old library. It’s also beautiful and lovely. Now that I don’t really have the time nor energy, and I don’t really want to put the tree up now that Me Made puts everything in the mouth and is getting more and more movable for every day. Beautiful decorations isn’t really compatible with tiny children. We’ll just have to enjoy other trees and decorations this Christmas. And possibly the next one too.
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.
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.
It’s officially time. It’s advent and it’s officially okay to start basking in all the wonders that are Christmas. I have lit the first candle, we’ve put up our star in the window and I’ve had saffron buns and ginger bread. Me Made and I went out to brunch with friends and had a great time. Then we walked slowly through the city and looked at the lights and chatted with out friends (those last two might have been me, or rather, I think all of it was just me since Me Made doesn’t walk but rides in the stroller, and slept the entire walk and therefore neither looked at lights nor chatted with friends).
It’s simply been a great weekend and I hope the rest of December will be the same.
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!