My Buttonside Alpaca Jumper is ready! With my enhanced knitting speed and terrible insomnia over the past 10 days, I’ve been able to finish and block it, sew the buttons, and move on to the next projects almost effortlessly. And thankfully today is my last steroid day, as I’m really exhausted from the lack of sleep and unable to focus on anything, which is particularly problematic when I need to work. But certainly the medications did their job, and apart from all these weird side effects I’m doing so much better than ever in the last couple of months that I shouldn’t even really complain. Sometimes we have to choose the lesser evil and enjoy the positive things it provides. So let’s move on to the good stuff!
As I mentioned before, knitting with Drops Puna was a little challenging. My stitches were uneven and I wasn’t able to really control the gauge. I’m not sure what about this yarn causes it (or is it just me?), as it’s really soft, nice, not too splitty and in general lovely to work with. Despite that, my work really didn’t look well.
Enter the magic of blocking: once again I could see with my own eyes what a game changer it is. I hand-washed the sweater and reshaped it lightly while drying it flat. Not much really, but the look of my project has transformed amazingly.
My wooden buttons from Etsy arrived this week and they are even better than I expected. I love that they are polished with a very thin layer of wax that adds smoothness and very delicate gloss to the surface. And there was one larger dogwood button extra added to my purchase 🙂 This reminded me my studies when I actually learned how to recognize species of trees and shrubs from the look of timber and xylem tissue. Frankly I’ve never been good at it but I still love wood, its smell and texture, so the buttons made me feel a bit sentimental 😉
Today I had the opportunity to test my new jumper in harsh conditions of Irish November. The temperature was around 3 degrees Celsius and although the day was mostly sunny, there were moments of rain mixed with melting snow as well. I volunteered for the Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland selling their purple Memory Ribbons on the streets of Dublin and after a couple of hours my feet went completely numb and I could hardly feel my hands! But my sweater kept my “mid-section” nice and warm, and felt super cozy and comfy. I love it! This is one of those projects where I love everything about them: knitting itself, the pattern that kept me interested all the time, the yarn, and the finished garment. And I’m more than certain that it’s going to be worn a lot this winter!
So now I can focus fully on my Christmas gift projects. Expect a series of posts about hats and scarfs in the nearest future! 🙂