I haven’t updated my blog in a while and there’s a good reason for that, as I’m on a short holiday in Poland. I decided not to bring any knitting or crochet projects with me. Honestly, it feels a little weird not to have my hands busy like I usually do at my own home when I’m sitting in front of TV or a computer, but I think it’s good to let my hands rest a bit. My right arm has been a little achy recently and I’m pretty sure it’s from knitting all the time, so I’m letting it rest and giving myself reason to miss the needles and hooks again 🙂 It’s definitely working!
While I’m busy meeting up with my family and friends, visiting some of my favourite places and eating (especially eating!), I thought I’d update everyone on Nika’s hoodie.
I’ve been planning to knit the Madigan top for my mother since… I’m not even sure, seems like forever. That’s because it’s exactly the type of sweater she likes, with short sleeves and ridged cowl designed to keep the neck warm. And it’s simple, no lace or fancy stitches – I just know she’s going to love it!
I’ve completed the third and fourth week of Arizona blanket CAL over the weekend. I’m loving it so much, this blanket is turning out beautifully, and the way the colours work together is just gorgeous. Each week is related to different motives and symbols and the parts of the designer’s blog posts explaining their meaning are very interesting. Combination of different stitches creates such a rich, squishy texture and I’m really glad that the size of the blanket is decent. It’s going to be enough to cover myself (or whoever will be the owner because I haven’t decided yet) comfortably while sitting with a book on the coach and feel warm and cozy.
When I first donated some of my items to the animal charity auction, I didn’t think it would end up with a commission request. I usually don’t want to sell my items because it’s strictly a hobby for me and I want to enjoy making whatever I choose, for people I love and for myself. I also think selling hand made items is not easy, especially those that require more work: either they have to be under-priced (considering how time consuming they can be) or too expensive for most people to want to buy them. But somehow I couldn’t resist this request, mainly because it was for a doll, and I remembered how much I’d enjoyed crocheting them!
My Stavanger jumper is ready! To be honest, it had been finished two weeks ago but life kept me too busy to update my blog and show you the sweater that brought me so much stress, frustration but also joy to knit. So here it is, my first real Fair Isle (or maybe just stranded colourwork, as it’s more Scandinavian tan Fair Isle pattern) garment!
My Stavanger Jumper is still work in progress. From the multi-coloured yoke, to plain beige body and sleeves, I keep knitting, unraveling and starting again. I actually lost count on how many time I had to do it!
The project on the photo above (forgive the strange colours, it was taken in the evening in artificial light) had to be undone up to the yoke because it turned out too short and just strangely shaped in general. And I kept trying it on while knitting, but everything seemed fine until casting off. Ugh.
Winter came to Ireland. An actual, snowy winter that put all the country on lockdown. Schools, workplaces, post, public transport of all kinds (from planes to buses and trains), shops and restaurants – everything has been closed since Wednesday. Today is the first day when it almost doesn’t snow and some shops are open again. And that’s what happens when people can go shopping again after a couple of days:
Life has been busy recently and I don’t have as much time for knitting as I’d like to. The only project I’m working on in the evenings is my first real stranded colourwork garment: the Stavanger Jumper. It’s a free Drops pattern and I’m knitting it with Drops Alpaca, which is just so amazingly soft and wonderful. I’m still feeling intimidated by Fair Isle/ Scandinavian patterns, but I think that the only way to change it is through practice, so I decided to give it a try.
It’s finished, blocked and it’s all I’ve wanted it to be! My Still Light tunic (pattern by Veera Välimäki) is my new favourite dress, perfect for the end of winter when it’s not so cold anymore, so fingering yarn is enough. And it has pockets! Seriously, I’m so proud of myself – I was afraid of knitting a garment with pockets but the instructions are so clear and the design so smart that it was very easy.