First of all, I’d like to thank you all for your kind words under my previous post. Your encouragement and support means a lot!
I’m still working on digging myself out of the black hole and it gets better every day. I’m functional again, resumed my regular workouts, and they always help keep my mood up. I also keep knitting a lot and that’s why I already have another sweater to share here.
Remember the Silver Blossom Tee I’ve knitted in July for my Mum? Well, I decided to knit it again, this time in a winter version. I had a sweater worth of Drops Sky in my stash. It’s a super soft and light alpaca yarn that I’d bought during the last year’s Drops Alpaca Party. I didn’t have any specific plans for it, I just took the opportunity of a reduced price, because this yarn is really wonderful and so pleasant to work with. I’d used it in the past for my Mint Tulip Skirt and despite my worries that it might not survive too long (as the yarn is so delicate and seems very fragile), it’s still fine and looks well after being worn a lot during the last winter. I decided that Drops Sky will work well with this pattern, but I wanted to knit longer sleeves. I actually hesitated between full length or elbow-length, and eventually compromised with 3/4 sleeves!
Modifying the pattern to add sleeves was very easy, I wanted to keep them loose so I made increases every 10 rounds, and then decreased every 5th stitch at the beginning of the cuff. This way they are comfortable and I think that they match the construction of the top.
It’s soft and cosy as expected, like a delicate blue cloud. The colour of the yarn is called jeans blue, and it’s a very pale, pastel shade. I have a good friend who loves everything blue and I decided that this is going to be a surprise gift for her. She is a little shorter and a little slimmer than me, so it was easy to knit for her, as all I had to do was choose a size smaller than what I’d knit for myself. It actually fits me too, but it’s a little tight, and it’s going to look better on her. I’m quite confident she’s going to love it, this is exactly her style, and I’ve enjoyed knitting something that will make someone close to me happy.
And beside knitting, I wanted to share another positive thing with you. I wrote here before about my parents’ dogs: Nika and Tosia. Since Tosia’s passing, my parents were absolutely sure that Nika would be their last pet and they would not adopt another animal. I was a little skeptical because I know my Mum and well, guess who has just adopted a dog? That’s right, let me introduce to you Gucio, a shelter dog adopted by my parents a few days ago:
He’s a dachshund and (probably) a terrier mix, and he was supposed to be about 5 years old. Turns out that he’s younger (probably 2, maximum 3 years old), full of energy, mischievous, and a bit of a troublemaker. He spent months at the shelter after being abandoned, and he has some behavioural issues (they’re actually contacting a behaviourist for him and for now he’s taking some herbal anti-anxiety pills to calm down a little), so he’s a lot of work, but I can clearly see my Mum is in love (apparently he also chose her to be his favourite human – he follows her everywhere and when she leaves the house he spends the entire time at the door, waiting for her) and the little guy has no idea he won a lottery by being adopted by them. He’s going to live like a king from now on 🙂
So far he and Nika tolerate themselves, but there’s no big love, which seems similar to my cats. As long as they’re accepting each other though, it’s fine!