Hello Friends! Phew, it’s been a while… a really long while since my last post. I’m fine, and nothing bad happened, I just really wasn’t feeling like writing, so I took a bit of a break from blogging. As Ireland is slowly reopening (accelerating the 5-phase roadmap significantly in recent weeks), I find myself in a weird dissociative state, with my thoughts foggy and scattered all over the place.
We haven’t done anything social yet, and I’ve even cancelled my hairdresser’s appointment – luckily the Boyfriend agreed to trim my hair because they really needed that (those pesky split ends!). For a few days now we’ve been allowed to travel anywhere in Ireland, and we wanted to take a weekend trip last week, but it’s been very windy and raining all the time, so we dropped the idea, and hopefully, we can go somewhere this weekend. I’m also planning a girlie “dinner and drinks” night out with some friends next Saturday as the first step to break the isolation, so maybe that will help me get back to a more reasonable and focused state of mind.
But, even though I wasn’t posting here, I kept knitting, and I have some FOs I’d like to show! Let me start with my new top: the Red Moon Sweater.
I usually avoid short-sleeved sweaters/woollen tops because they never seem to be comfortable, no matter the weather. The wool makes me sweat on the warm days, and the short sleeves make me freeze on cooler days – just a strange combination altogether. But I really liked the moon phases pattern, and I didn’t think the top looked as good with long sleeves (that’s why I love the ability to see the FOs of other knitters on Ravelry so much!), so I decided to just get over my prejudice and cast on.
I used Malabrigo sock yarn in Tiziano Red as the main colour and Knit Picks Hawthorne Fingering Multi in Burlingame colourway for the contrasting elements. I was so eager to start knitting that I couldn’t even be bothered with swatching! I decided to follow another Raveler’s notes as I liked their version of the bottom band and the sleeves the most.
The colourwork was a little tricky due to the length of the strands carried on the wrong side, and it clearly shows in my top, which isn’t precisely as even and smooth as it should be. But honestly, I don’t even mind – I thought it would be worse!
The pattern isn’t the best written, and from what I read in the Ravelry comments, it’s particularly problematic for bigger sizes. But it happily worked for me, so I can’t complain!
I love the moon phases and the stars at the bottom, and I really like how these two colourways work together. Now to find the best weather to wear it…