Life’s been busy recently, mostly because of work. Being a consultant and working as a subcontractor, sometimes I have way too much free time, and sometimes almost no time at all. At the moment it is something in between, closer to “no time at all”. I wish I could spend more time crocheting or knitting, but it’s not working out too well when I try. The only thing I managed to finish recently is probably not very surprising:
That’s right, socks! I decided to knit them in 3×1 rib and I think it’s a pretty good idea, they fit even better. I’m thinking that with my next pair, I could try a single cable, because the remaining 2 skeins of sock yarn in my stash are still self-striping and I don’t want to make anything too ornamental, but it’s also time to try to knit something slightly more complicated that what I’ve knitted so far.
I also have a spring cardigan on my needles. I’m using a wonderfully soft blend of cotton with alpaca – Louisa Harding Colline. I simply love this yarn, it’s beautiful, soft and it has a deep raspberry colour. Unfortunately, this is how much I managed to knit during the last week:
Not much of a progress, right? 😉 This pattern (Morning Glory by Pam Allen) is not very complicated, but I really need to pay some attention to follow it. The edge of the cardi is made in the shell pattern and I need to be careful what row of the shell I’m at all the time. Because I tried to multitask and knit while working, I managed to make a few mistakes in these 6 rows that I’ve knitted so far! So the cardi is going to hibernate for the next 3 weeks I’m afraid, as next week I’m going to Poland and I’m not planning to take any projects with me. It’s a pity, cause I wanted it to be ready for my trip, but it’s not going to happen this time.
I also bought a new book written by Ann Budd (although the patterns in the book have many authors), who wrote my sock knitting book. I think the sock book is so good that I felt confident to trust the author again.
This is definitely for less advanced knitters like me, or for those who just want to take a break from more advanced, complicated projects. And I like nearly all of the patterns, with maybe two exceptions, and I really want to knit some of them once I have time again.
In other news, my boyfriend’s search for a new job is over – new job’s found, a better one than previously, and we don’t have to move. Yay! It’s such a relief. I’m really tired with moving, I’ve been doing it for the past 15 years or more a lot, because of my studies and then work. I used to enjoy this kind of lifestyle and I was never very eager too settle down for real, but I guess the older I am, the more lazy I become 😉 So while where we live right now is not where I want to stay forever, it’s good for now.
And finally – this week I’ve received the gift card from my Wool Lotto! I spent majority of it to order some nice alpaca yarn (plus other yarns, but mainly two jumpers worth of alpaca) and I’m seriously going to try to knit something for the boyfriend finally. This is not going to be easy so it might have to wait until I feel more confident, but now at least I took the first step. The yarn was dispatched today, so it should arrive soon.
That’s all news from me, I hope everyone is doing well and enjoying any projects that you’re working on right now!