Last year I participated in my first CAL – Arizona Blanket. It was fun, I liked working on it in the slow pace of the weekly pattern releases, and I really loved the final result. This blanket now is in my parents home, and my Mum claimed it. The good thing is that it’s machine washable and easy in maintenance, so even if one of their dogs decides to use it as a placemat and drag a bone or jump on it with muddy paws, it’s simple to fix the mess.
I’ve been thinking about making another blanket, for my Father this time – and finally I found the right opportunity when I saw the announcement for a new Scheepjes CAL: the Rozeta Blanket. The pattern is crocheted and incorporates some embroidered elements, and I really like the look of this blanket. The original kits are sold in a number of colour versions and in two types of yarn: acrylic Colour Crafter and the luxury version, 70% Merino Superwash and 30% Polyamide Scheepjes Our Tribe. For me the choice was simple, both because of the price and the yarn content, and I ordered a Colour Crafter kit in the Twilight colourway.
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!
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.
Woollinn 2019 has come and gone, and as much as I was going to take tons of photos and post a nice write up of the festival, guess what? I managed to take exactly 0 pictures! I don’t even have an excuse, I was just busy and also a little overwhelmed with everything, and I just haven’t thought to take out my phone and take some photos. So the best I can do is try to describe everything now, and send you to check the #woollinn hashtag on Instagram to get a visual idea of all the yarny goodness.
I wanted to write a new post a few times over the last two weeks, but I just really wasn’t in the headspace for that. Between my travel to Brussels and now, a lot has been going on, and I think that my “knitting” reflected that! It’s been chaotic, with some failed attempts (summer knits of course, right?) and inability to focus on anything, and with one broken knitting needle (because of TENSION! Can you believe that stress )
So I thought it would be the best to break this post down into points and just write a little about everything. Buckle up!
Summer knits: me 2:0
After all the failed summer projects from last year, it seems that things are not improving this year at all. I started and almost finished (see the photo above) the Purl Soho design Notched Hem Top. I had perfect yarn (linen with bamboo from Ice Yarns), I loved the pattern, it was simple and should be a blast – and yet I managed to ruin it completely. Just look at the armholes. I don’t even know how to comment on that! Just how did I manage to knit one armhole so big, and another one much smaller, is a big mystery and I don’t have an answer to it. I was so disgusted with myself when I realised what I’d done, that I just unraveled the whole thing. Maybe next year I will come up with a better idea for this yarn.
Then I tried to knit few different tops (I don’t even remember all the patterns right now) with another, cotton based summer yarn. That’s about as much as I went before ripping it all out each time:
I don’t know why, I’m just not feeling it at all. But I really want to make something with this silver cotton yarn, so I’m not giving up hope that the next I try to use it, it’s actually going to work out.
Life’s been peaceful and quiet recently. I work most of the day, with not much time left for anything else, but it’s going to get a litter easier in about 3 weeks when the busiest phase of my work is over so I just have to survive till then. Still, I keep crocheting my Sophie’s Dream squares – a round here and there, between other things to do, and it’s such a great project to work on now! Unlike knitting, I don’t need to be super careful not to drop stitches, and it’s easy to keep track of rows since each round is completely different.
Some time ago I bought additional crochet thread to finish my Pineapples Tablecloth, which had been hibernating for a while as I run out of thread (that’s what happens when you buy unusual thread size on sale!) and couldn’t find any more of it anywhere. And then I bought a different thread in the same size, which looked similar enough and it seemed that I’d be able to continue my project after all.
Alas, it didn’t happen. It may have looked similar in my drawer, but as soon as I started crocheting, the difference was just too visible to continue. The new thread will have to wait for a different project, some time in the future – but what about my tablecloth? Should I wait more, until (if) I find the right thread? I decided against it. I crocheted the last 3 rounds in the old thread, frogged the part made in the new one, and called it a day. It may be missing the final round of large pineapples, and it’s a pity, but it looks fine as it is, too.
So I tried, I failed, I’m happy anyway 🙂 This is going to be a gift for my parents one day, and in the meantime, it’s waiting in the box in my wardrobe.
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.
I was planning to write a short Christmas post with wishes to all my readers and visitors to the blog, but as the saying goes – if you want to make gods laugh, tell them your plans! That concerns not only this blog, but also all our Christmas plans, including the meals we were going to prepare which I mentioned in my previous post, and some light holiday hiking along the coast. Instead, I spent almost a week mostly in bed or on the coach, because my chronic condition (unclassified IBD, which has been mostly dormant for the last several years and only acts up mildly from time to time) decided to remind me about itself.
Still, even though I didn’t feel like updating the blog, and all of Christmas cooking had to be done by the Boyfriend (he did well and didn’t complain even once!), it wasn’t a bad time at all. My yarn arrived and I had knitted two new hats for the Boyfriend – since he refuses to wear scarfs or gloves, but actually requested new hats himself. I wanted to knit something a little more fancy, with cables or maybe some colourwork pattern, but both these options were rejected instantly. He just wanted plain, “normal” hats, and so I chose the Classic World War 2 Watch Cap and the Boyfriend Beanie, knitted in brown Drops Nepal and gray Drops Lima.