So… it’s May, spring came to Ireland and it seems to be here for good, with more sun than rain to the point that if the weather stays as it is now, we’re planning to go to the beach on the weekend. I mean REALLY to the beach, to lay down on our towels in the sun, which I’ve only done once in Ireland before, because usually it’s just too windy or cloudy. Yay! However, as you can see on the photo above, this lovely weather doesn’t distract me from planning ahead and preparing for autumn 😉
The thought process that made me knit a hat and a neck warmer in may was simple:
a) I have leftover yarn from my first cardigan project and it doesn’t really match with other yarn colours in my stash, so I should use it for something small;
b) I really want to try knitting more cables and perhaps some easy lacework;
a) + b) = c), where
c) I have to knit a cabled hat! and if there is enough yarn left, then also gloves or a cowl!
And the result is my Drops pattern (again!) Solveig hat:
and Solveig – inspired matching neck warmer:
I haven’t blocked them yet so the cowl seems a little shapeless here, but I ask you to believe me: it’s actually fine! And I loved knitting it, it was not very challenging but also not completely mindless knitting. Plus the instant gratification is what I like: it doesn’t take a lot of time to knit something like a hat or a cowl and enjoy the result of my work quickly.
And then I also knitted a small lacy cowl for my Mother’s good friend, just because I wanted to give it a try, and I had an odd skein of a very pale pink yarn (Drops Baby Alpaca Silk), and because my Mom’s friend loves everything pink:
The pink shade is hardly visible, it looks almost like cream, but it really is pink so I hope it will be well received 🙂 The pattern is A Noble Cowl by Emily Kausalik and it’s a great pattern for someone just learning lace knitting, like me. It has very clear instructions and the project is small enough not to be too overwhelming. It is designed for worsted weight yarn but I used light fingering, and it’s just fine.
So I’ve tried cables, I’ve tried lace knitting, but I still can’t muster up the courage to try Fair Isle knitting. It still feels too challenging and too overwhelming. Perhaps intarsia would be easier for a beginner, but Fair Isle is what I really want to try one day 🙂