The past two months were really busy and intense for me. I took on more projects than I’d initially planned, and some of them were completely out of my comfort zone. That is usually a good thing about my work, it keeps challenging me all the time and I constantly learn new things and gain new experience, which I enjoy. But I must admit, I had a few moments this summer when I was really questioning my decision to accept such amount of work within very tense, strict deadlines.
Well… I made it, at least this most intense stage is over now and I can catch a breath again and work more normal hours instead of until late at night each day. I can probably also start thinking about slightly more complicated knitting projects, as I have time to dedicate only to knitting. I can… but do I want to?
During this busy period when only mindless knitting was an option, I decided to finally use up my 5 skeins of Noro Cyochin, bought long time ago, and waiting in the yarn box since then. Initially I wanted to knit a sweater with this yarn, but it is a little too thick (somewhere between aran and bulky, as Noro yarns tend to have thinner and thicker sections) for a jumper – I don’t feel comfortable in heavy, bulky clothes. So the sweater was out of the question. Instead, I decided to at least begin the log cabin squares blanket – except that instead of squares, I went with rectangles. Noro yarns are made for such patterns which beautifully show their amazing colour changes and diverse yarn thickness. This shade (number 3) is perfect for a bedroom throw, it will match the raspberry elements of our bedroom decor.
Knitting Potion wrote about log cabin squares addiction and I can totally relate now! They are absolutely wonderful to knit, easy, they knit up fast and the colours of the yarn just make it such a joyful experience!
I made 7 rectangles and then run out of yarn, so the project is hibernating for some time. I’ve actually already ordered another 5 skeins (though I think it won’t be enough, but this yarn is a little pricey so I have to wait with ordering the final batch, especially since I also bought some other, lighter weight Noro yarn) and can’t wait for them to arrive!
I don’t have the slightest idea how to join them yet. Most of other projects use border of the squares in one colour which creates a sort of a frame, but I honestly don’t like it too much. Maybe depending on the colour – most of what I could find was black and I prefer the smoother, less contrasting shades. Perhaps some purplish shade? Or no frame at all, just sew them together? I still have plenty of time to think about it and look for the best option – and all suggestions are welcome!
Meanwhile, the rectangles are stored in my wardrobe, while I’m already impatient to knit 7 more with the new yarn. I haven’t blocked them so they are a little uneven, and I’m sure they’re going to be even more beautiful after blocking.
This project also reminded me why I love Noro yarns and the sweater idea is definitely still on, just with lighter weight yarn. Wouldn’t it be awesome to wear such a gorgeously colourful garment in winter, when the world looks gray and dark?