It’s summer in Ireland, and quite an amazing one, with several weeks of sunshine and temperatures well above 20 degrees Celsius. Apparently it’s one of the warmest summers ever! Funny thing, in Poland that would be considered average or even cool summer weather, and as the Boyfriend says, in Greece that’s more like early spring or maybe autumn. But here it really feels hot, so much so that we’ve already spent a few weekend days on the beach and even went swimming a couple of times! In fact, since our living room has one glass wall (windows from ceiling to floor), it gets awfully hot inside and I’m looking forward for the weather to cool down.
Well, with all that weather I should focus on summer projects and light yarns like cotton, but I’m just not feeling it. I don’t know why, but I’m not the biggest fan of summer knits. I mean I still knit them, but it’s just not the same as a nice sweater or a pair of socks…
So, instead of focusing on something light and summery, I decided to knit a new pullover using some variegated merino yarn (in fingering weight of course, my favourite!) from Irish Fairytale Yarns. I love this free Taormina pattern, absolutely simple, with wide neck opening and straight body without any waist shaping.
I made a good progress in a couple of days, knitting in front of the PC while working, and then it was time to knit the sleeves… and I just couldn’t force myself to do it. First of all, I’d have to be much more focused to keep track of decreases and turn the pullover around all the time. I just can’t do that right now, I need a very mindless project to keep my hands busy while my brain is working. I love knitting or crocheting while working (well, at least during that part of my work that involves reading and analyzing, not that one when I have to type or make notes), I can’t quite explain it but keeping my hands busy like that somehow helps me work. Or maybe that’s just an excuse I’m giving myself, who knows? In any case, sleeves are a little too fiddly to do it comfortably and stay focused on work, so I decided to put my sweater away and let it hibernate for a while.
Now, that doesn’t sound like anything revolutionary, right? But if you knew me, you’d probably realise instantly that it is in fact quite a challenge for me. I just can’t stand the thought of having too many WIPs or UFOs, it makes me nervous and stressed out. And in addition to the pullover, I have my ongoing doily, too (by the way I need to post an update about my doily soon!). That makes two unfinished projects on top of the one I’m currently working on instead of the pullover. Amazing! And yet, I’m feeling surprisingly calm and relaxed about it, so maybe that’s a good sign? 😉
So now that I abandoned my previous project, I decided that it’s time to work on something completely simple, not complicated, and straightforward; something that would let me keep my hands busy mindlessly. And what fits the description more than a garter stitch blanket? Yes, it’s another Drops pattern, and I’m knitting it in exactly the same colours as recommended, because I love how colourful and cheerful it is, and I don’t feel like changing anything.
So here I am, stuck in my terrarium of an apartment with partially finished woolen blanket on my laps, sweaty and overheated but strangely happy, because the colours in the blanket really cheer me up.
And also, if you love coffee like me, and if you need a cold coffee drink, but don’t like coffee shop-made frappuccinos filled with sugary syrups and cream, here’s a great recipe for your own homemade cold brew coffee. It’s super easy to make and served on ice it’s such a great, refreshing drink that I can’t get enough! Enjoy! 🙂