Too big turned out too small

So the hat is finished. It just needs an i-cord and then its done. It’s pretty and purple. There is only one problem. It’s too small. It ends just across Me Made’s ears and that’s not  really suitable for a baby hat. I even picked the biggest size, 2-4 yrs, and it’s still too small. I should have swatched. One should always swatch but I would never have thought something this much bigger (1-3 yrs) would be too small. I will see if I can block it out (yeah right), otherwise I will have to add a brim at the bottom. I’ll sit calmly in the boat till I’ve blocked it at least.

I really hope a block will fix it.

Grey or white?

So, one of the contrasting colors in my leftover shawl won’t be enough and I need to figure out which of these two will work best between the purple and the blue. The grey looks nice with the purple, I have an entire shawl with those colors after all, but I think it’s not enough contrast between the grey and the blue. The white on the other hand looks nice with the blue but perhaps a little too much contrast with the purple. I’m not sure what to do but I don’t want to bring in another color, of that I’m sure. It will have to marinate a little and then maybe the answer will be clear to me.

In the meantime, I’m knitting Me Made’s hat.

Bon bonnet de bébé

Yesterday I cast on Me Made’s spring bonnet and I’ve so far done the folded hem and started the pattern for the main fabric. So far I like it and I love the fact that I was able to use stash yarn. Stash yarn and from a weight category that is overflowing. This color will match the stroller and I think the bonnet will be quite perfect for Me Made, as long as it fits. I like bonnets because they can be tied under the chin and they don’t fall down over the eyes as easily as hats. All other projects are on hold for now and this is what gets all the attention. My baby needs a bonnet, mommy is knitting!

New beginnings

Today marks my blogiversary. Six years ago I wrote my first post. My father had recently passed and life was quite different compared to now. I’m married, I’ve moved, I’ve switched jobs, I’ve earned two more degrees and I’ve got to meet Me Made.

If there is one thing that shines clearer to me every year it’s the fact that you’re never “done”. You never know what life will bring you in the future, things you couldn’t have dreamed of even if you tried. You can never just sit back and think “I’m done, there are no more changes,” because there will be. Changes for better or for worse but changes nonetheless.

Today was a good change. I got to see the Swedish national team play against Germany and break the previous record for spectators – 25 882 spectators. It was a great game and especially the last ten minutes or so where quite thrilling. I got to see some of my favorite players and it was amazing. Sweden lost but that’s okay, I’m just glad to have been there. I’ll definitely try to see some more games in the future, I’m not done.

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.