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Currently on my needles and other stuff

At the end of the year I’ve started working on a new pullover in Drops Alpaca Bouclé bought during the end-of-the-year sale of alpaca-based Drops yarns. This yarn is very unique – the main thread is thin, but because of the loops it requires bigger needles and knits up like worsted weight, therefore it required a special pattern, suitable for a very lightweight (for its thickness) yarn. While browsing through the projects knitted by other users on Ravelry with Alpaca Bouclé, I found Redy Pullover by Ankestrick. I knew instantly that it was a perfect choice; with its relaxed fit and wide collar, and so I decided to knit it right away.

Knitting with a yarn like that is somewhat challenging, as the loops keep getting in the way and sometimes, if I’m not careful enough, I may mistake the trapped loops for additional stitches. And mistakes are costly, since it’s not always possible to unravel the work. I’ve struggled with this problem at the beginning, but it’s much easier now.

That’s how the collar looks when it’s not folded.

I was hoping to finish this sweater before my travel to Poland, but I’m not sure if I’ll manage to do it. I’m approaching the worst part – the sleeves! – and I know from experience that this is usually where I lose some of my motivation. But still, it would be nice to have it finished before the visit home, as I’m planning to go to the mountains for a couple of days, and it would be such a great jumper to wear in the evening, drinking mulled wine and eating grilled oscypek with cranberry jam in front of the fireplace in a traditional mountain inn… OK, I got carried away by fantasy here but the fact remains that if I manage to finish it before next week, it would be perfect.

In other news, we’re still struggling with the washing machine problem. At first we had to wait over 2 weeks for the new pump to be delivered. Then the person hired for that kept rescheduling 2 or 3 times (after I’d spent almost a whole day at home waiting, cancelling my other plans). Finally the pump was replaced and then another element stopped working. In the end the landlord decided to buy a new machine since the costs were growing and the old machine was… well, really old. He had already bought it last weekend but since the Boyfriend is in Greece until Wednesday, we have to wait for his return to help carry it inside (4th floor, even with the lift it’s going to take some effort) and install it. I’m actually wondering what’s going to go wrong this time, because after a whole month of that, my hopes for a positive ending are not high. Still, I’d love it if the new machine had some good delicate/ wool washing programme, which never worked well in the old one.

In the meantime, I found out that I actually like using the launderette. I get to sit in a cheerfully orange room, surrounded by the smell of detergents which I find really pleasant (cleanliness!), and I can just read for an hour or so (currently: Wild by Cheryl Strayed – I loved the movie and I’m loving the book even more!), waiting for my laundry to be done.

In other (crafty) news, I have been looking for No 8 cotton thread to finish my tablecloth and I found this:

Nilo No 8 thread that I’d used for the tablecloth so far is nowhere to be found, at least not white (strange; I’d think that this should be the most available option!), and the only thread in the required size that I could find was Ancor crochet cotton, sold on Amazon in sets of 10 balls. This may seem a lot but each of them is only 85 metres so in fact it’s not much at all. I think it’s going to be my next project after the sweater is ready, and hopefully these 10 balls will be enough.

And that’s all in my summary of the first week of the year!

8 thoughts on “Currently on my needles and other stuff

  1. I couldn’t help but think what a nice color combination that grey sweater is against that red carpet.(Love that carpet!) I’ll be interested to see the sweater finished and on you. I want to see how that neck works. We have a kind of yarn here that is a boucle, but is acrylic (Lion Brand Homespun). It’s beautiful yarn and the colors are great, but it’s a PITA to knit with. I’ve almost finished a hat, almost finished some fingerless mits. I found a plain vanilla pattern for the mits on Ravelry and I’ve modified it. I knit them in this really loud varigated yarn with intense orangy pinks and mint greens and blues yarn (the colorway is “Parrot”!), but it was what I had on hand that was the weight I needed. I got some more appropriate yarn today (a variegated purple) — and it was on sale! I will give the test knit mittens to my friend who loves vivid and intense colors.

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  2. That sweater is coming along beautifully, in spite of the trickster loops doing their thing. 🙂 Looking forward to seeing it finished. Whether you’re done with it or not, I hope you have a wonderful time in Poland.
    I’m also glad you found compatible crochet thread, I’d really love to see your progress on the tablecloth!

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    1. The only thing about the thread that I’m really not looking forward to is all the ends I’ll have to weave, considering how small these skeins are 😟


  3. That yarn definitely looks difficult to work with! But it looks like it’s coming along really nicely, and will be nice and cozy for your travels 🙂 (that vacation description sounds amazing!!)

    I’m sorry to hear that it’s been such a hassle getting your washing machine replaced, but I’m glad you’re enjoying the launderrette! I LOVED reading Wild, it made me want to go hike that trail!! (though it sounds terrifying and nothing I’d do by myself).

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    1. Glad to find someone who read it too, I am really hooked on this book and it makes me want to grab my backpack and just go on a trail! I’m deliberately reading it slowly because I don’t want to finish it yet 😊

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