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Sparkle and Shine

It seems that summer is finally in Ireland, after a very chilly and wet June (and a bonus cold for me, because who doesn’t want to get back to working full time with a runny nose and a fever, right?!). It’s a bit warmer and more sunny, and only rains on some days, which is a huge progress in comparison to June. Days are busy, I’m starting to feel more secure in my new duties at work, and everything is going fine – well, almost everything. Ciri has a minor inflammation in her eye (second time now), and following the vet’s advice, I keep applying chamomile extract twice a day on her eye area – just have to be careful not to let her swallow it as it may be toxic for cats when ingested. I really don’t want to bring her to the vet because those visits are extremely stressful for her and I’m worried she might get another stress-related UTI, so I’m happy to see that a chamomile home remedy seems to be doing the job. Even though she hates the application and I’m pretty sure she’s never going to trust me again!

My most recent knitting project has been the Kalaloch Pullover from the summer issue of Interweave Knits. I knew I wanted to knit it even before I received my issue of Interweave Knits, as soon as I saw the photos on Ravelry. I love this very oversized, relaxed sweater so much! But since it’s so oversized (I’m knitting size 48” whereas I normally wear 36” or 38”), and knitted with fingering yarn, it’s going to take forever to finish it. It took me days to knit the first 15 cm of plain stockinette stitch, and it’s definitely going to slow down even more when I get to the textured part… but before I get to it, I’m taking a forced break, because I broke my needle knitting it. Turns out that a wooden needle which is only 3 mm wide is just not very durable. Luckily it wasn’t a part of my new set, so all I had to do was order a new one online (and it’s aluminum this time) and wait for it to arrive.

My Kalaloch pullover has been set aside, waiting for the new needle to pick up the work where I’d finished it, and in the meantime I decided to use up some of the leftover yarn from the Silver Blossom Tee and crochet a doily. I used a Drops pattern Sparkle and Shine, and decided to make also 4 basic coasters from the Drops set Bright Side Coasters.

These were easy, quick projects, and I still have a little more than a skein of this yarn left.

Despite my intro where I said it’s more sunny, today it’s actually rather dark, so in the absence of sunlight the yarn looks grey instead of silver and sparkly.

I haven’t done any blocking, and I think it would improve the look of the edging of the doily, but I really don’t care too much. It’s fine as it is, and it did refresh the look of my kitchen table a little.

And today when I checked my mailbox, the new needle was there, so I can resume working on my Kalaloch pullover again πŸ™‚

6 thoughts on “Sparkle and Shine

  1. Love the texture array of Kalaloch, it seems well worth the effort and time to make !

    Ciri’s reaction reminds me of my sweetest green budgie over two decades ago at one and a half year old when he got constipation and I had to take him in my hand to be able to drip a few drops of castor oil onto his tongue. He “hated” me for almost three years before he finally got over the trauma and decided to forgive my disrespectful behaviour 😊

    Doilies are always nice to make, and that looks a pretty set, but I’d prefer adding a dainty lace edging to the coasters to match the large piece πŸ€”

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    1. Lace edging is a nice idea but honestly I just didn’t enjoy this project too much and I think I’m done with it. Maybe one day when I’m in doily/coaster mood again πŸ˜‰
      Three years, well that’s some good memory! πŸ˜‰ My Ciri doesn’t like me in general, I mean she knows I’m the one who feeds her and plays with her so she tolerates me, but if she needs to be petted, she goes to my bf. She adores him! She actually walks him to the door every morning when he goes to work and meows her goodbye in a very distinct way, only used for him. So I always do the dirty work like giving her meds, since I’m the bad guy anyway πŸ˜‰ at least Stella is my girl, so I have some kitty love, too!

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      1. My Grujica was an extra intelligent giant budgie hatched without flight and tail feathers and he was my bird. He recovered his plumage after years of feeding on fresh cucumbers and biotin enriched millet and lived longest of all to budgie old age ❀
        We believe we are the ones who make choices but in fact its our pets who choose their owner πŸ™„ Your purry girls are both adorable, although I’m not really a cat person πŸ™ƒ
        XoxO to all three of you girls !

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      2. We had a budgie too when I was a kid, we actually found her sitting on our balcony! She chose my father and only accepted him, she used to sit on his shoulder and talk all the time πŸ™‚

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  2. Well hope Ciri’s hate doesn’t last long. πŸ™‚ Glad you can work on the pullover again, it would probably take me a year to finish, lol… I absolutely love the color of it, though. The doily looks good and I like the little coasters that it has for company. πŸ™‚

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    1. Ciri isn’t a fan of me even on the good days (she’s 100% in love with the bf)
      And thank you! I think a year to finish the pullover is not an incorrect estimate, it’s like an ocean of stockinette stitch, but I like the colour too so it keeps me motivated πŸ™‚

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