Spring hat

I tried to buy (I know!) a hat for Me Made today. A hat more suited for warmer spring days. It was not possible though since apparently my baby’s head is too big for the hats suited for the age. Even when I tried to buy a hat I failed and again got proof that knitting is the best. Now I only need to find a pattern (the ones I’ve seen lists Me Made’s head size as child, not baby or toddler. I’m sure it’s because my baby is really smart), one that is not too warm and not too cold. It’s easier said that done but I’m sure there will be a bonnet pattern out there somewhere that is just right. All other projects need to hold, my baby needs a hat!

SABLE. n. Stash Accumulated Beyond Life Expectancy

It’s time we talk about SABLE. I’ve been under the impression that I haven’t reached SABLE and that it’s still a long time before I do. I don’t have that much yarn and I’m sure I can finish it in a year (maybe two probably three) if you give me enough knitting time, meaning that you remove things like house chores and work and such. With all those things I probably need yet another year or so, maybe a little more. I honestly don’t have that much yarn.

Then things happened. My knitting time was reduced to the bare minimum, not to mention blocking time which is nonexistent. And then the politics are postponing the year of retirement. The first one I could tackle with my not so big stash but the latter. I’m worried. I have lovely stash and it would be sad if I didn’t get to use it. I have always trusted retirement to help me finish up any stray skeins laying around but now I don’t know. I also doubt the politicians will understand if I ask them not to postpone the year of retirement because that means I might have reached SABLE.

I need to tame the stash, otherwise I will reach SABLE before I know it. So, back to the needles, I have work to do.

Bursting

Just to prove my point I want to show you some flowers that I ran into today. Spring is here and has been for a little while as these flowers will tell you since they clearly didn’t show up just yesterday. It’s been a windy but sunny day and I’ve seen flowers everywhere. Nature is bursting with life and it’s wonderful to be a spectator to that and also to Me Made discovering it for the first time. Also, and I didn’t see that before, it seems my shawl in progress is actually color inspired by spring. Now I need to hurry up to finish it so I can use it while it’s still spring.

They’re here now

It’s spring, it really is. I’ve seen flowers in the flower beds and the evenings smell like spring. It gets dark later and later and the birds are singing. I love spring evenings. I don’t know why but there is so much hope and wistfulness and dreams in the air. I’ve mentioned it before because I just love this time of the year. It’s a lovely time to be young but it’s also a lovely time to be older. In those moments it feels like I have all the answers, I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be, physically and mentally.

I’ve had some discussions about whether or not it’s spring yet and I don’t care what other people say. The signs are all here, the light, the touch, the smell and you just know that spring has truly arrived and there is no going  back. I know what winter feels like and I know when it’s spring. It’s only just begun and there are so many more spring evenings ahead to be enjoyed. That’s quite a wonderful feeling.

More decisions all the time

I’m almost halfway through my shawl and I’ve picked the order of the colors. The problem is I don’t have enough of the charcoal to make another triangle like that. I will have to change the order of the colors for the second part but I’m not sure how. Either I make it white or I pick up a new yarn entirely or light grey or something else. I don’t knot if the green will be enough either so the second half of this shawl is so far very mysterious and I doubt we will no the ending until I actually cast off.

Now I’m just scared to make the wrong decision. I thought I had made my decision when I finally decided the first order of the colors and even wrote it down on Ravelry, but no. There are more decisions to come and what if the shawl ends up looking bad? Scary, scary thought since I like it so much. I will remember though that even if it looks bad in the end I still had fun knitting it and got to use up some stash yarn while I was at it. And that is actually good enough.

Time for a change?

I’m sure everyone is tired of looking at me baking the same thing week after week but here it is again. I should step it up a bit, try something different, but chocolate chip cookies are my favorite so I’m sticking to them. I’ve been thinking about cup cakes but I don’t dare to, not yet. And not with a tired Me Made close by. Also, cup cakes sort of requires a reason, you don’t just bake them to keep them in a tin for whenever you feel a bit peckish. No, cup cakes needs an occasion and right now I don’t have one. As soon as I do, I will consider cup cakes though.

A robot for the boring tasks?

This is my favorite knitting in quite some time. Look at it. It’s delicious. I love getting to use all that nice yarn while also getting the satisfaction of knowing that I’m using leftovers. It’s interesting but doesn’t require too much thought. It’s steadily growing and other projects might have gotten a little left out in the past few days. There will be many ends to weave in though. I’m not particularly looking forward to that. If I ever become rich I will invent a machine that weaves in the ends for me and perhaps all the finishing, the blocking, the sewing, all the boring things. I would like it to make swatches too but it sort of loses the point of swatching if you’re not doing it yourself (despite what you try to convince yourself).

Anyway, the knitting is lovely and it’s still a long way to go before the finishing.

How many minutes are optimal?

We didn’t bake anything yesterday, me and Me Made. We had other engagements and didn’t have the time. I think we both suffered from the lack of our new routine. Instead we made chocolate chip cookies on Tuesday and they were perhaps a tad soft. They break easily and I think it’s because I forgot how long they need to be in the oven. I tried both 4 minutes and 3:30 and perhaps somewhere in between is the best. Nevertheless they are still really good and the tradition can go on.

It can take it

I’m really happy about my new knitting, the leftover one. It’s growing and it’s interesting to knit all the time but doesn’t require too much concentration. I love the green yarn, it’s very pretty. It’s built in triangles, one triangle on top of the other and eventually in different colors. The hopes continue to be high for this project and so far it has delivered.

Way too much yarn

Today I got mail. One of those squatty little lovely packages that can only mean one thing. Yarn. This particular package was pink and gold and what could possibly ever go wrong with that? Nothing, I’d say.

The inside was a little unusual to be – beige lace weight – but I just couldn’t resist it when I saw the kit on the web page. They described it as royal and elegant and they had me at once. If I ever get the time to knit this shawl I think I will like it very much. I’m a little worried by the yarn though, 2 538 meters of lace weight. I’m not sure I dare cast on a project that require that much yarn. (For reference, the Princess shawl contained about 6 000 meters.) We’ll see…