…just not as much as I’d like to.
I’m buried in work and stressed out, but I can already see the light at the end of the
tunnel month, when the workload should get a little more manageable, and I hope to get some “me” time again.
I manage to knit a few rows of my Kalaloch Pullover each day, and that’s about that, but even with such low speed, it slowly starts looking like a pullover more than like a shapeless blob. It’s really oversized, and the construction is particularly interesting, as the actual sleeves are very short, and about half of their length is in fact the oversized yoke (if it even should be still called a yoke?). Everything is knitted from the bottom, and sleeves are attached to the body at the start of the yoke and later worked together with the body. The armhole openings are grafted with Kitchener’s stitch at the end.
I also managed to do some knitting-related shopping. I bought two pairs of Addi Sock Wonder needles to try out knitting socks with very short circulars. Usually I use double pointed needles, and I absolutely detest magic loop method, but I’m curious of this alternative idea. Some sock yarn is on the way to my mailbox too, so it shouldn’t take long to test my new purchase.
Another (and last) purchase are these two books (Stella at the top of the post shows her enthusiasm):
because I liked the idea of having a complete guide both for CO/BO methods, and for increases and decreases. All of these methods can be found online of course, so it’s nothing groundbreaking, but I think it’s a neat way of keeping all these methods handy when I need to check them out. I haven’t used them in practice yet, but just from the brief review, I think the CO/BO is generally better. The methods are grouped depending on what project they’re going to be used for (e.g. for rib, colourwork, stretchy or sturdy fabric), and very clear photos are such an easy and convenient way to choose the best option.
The Increase/ Decrease book is good as well, but in a way, it disappointed me – not because it’s badly written but because it ended my illusions of finding a way to create neat, invisible increases or decreases methods. I struggle sometimes with the way adding or reducing stitches ends up looking in the finished project, and I was hoping that maybe I just haven’t discovered the right method yet? Well, nope. Even the so-called invisible increases are always a bit wonky, that’s why I don’t think I’m really going to use all the various methods described in the book (I mean what for, if it’s never exactly what I want anyway…? I may as well just keep it simple and use the few methods I already know).
On the other hand, I cam say it was a little comforting to see that “it’s not me, it’s the stitches!” 🙂
And that’s all from me today, I hope everyone’s doing great. Till the next post!