I wanted to title this post “using up scrap yarn” or something similar, but then I realised that calling all that cotton “scraps” would be an understatement. I still had about 5 skeins of Drops Safran from my never-knitted summer top, and I kept wondering what to knit with them?
The past two months were really busy and intense for me. I took on more projects than I’d initially planned, and some of them were completely out of my comfort zone. That is usually a good thing about my work, it keeps challenging me all the time and I constantly learn new things and gain new experience, which I enjoy. But I must admit, I had a few moments this summer when I was really questioning my decision to accept such amount of work within very tense, strict deadlines.
Well… I made it, at least this most intense stage is over now and I can catch a breath again and work more normal hours instead of until late at night each day. I can probably also start thinking about slightly more complicated knitting projects, as I have time to dedicate only to knitting. I can… but do I want to?
I have some really lovely, summery yarn in my stash waiting for me to knit something proper for early August. But I’m just not feeling it. My heart is fully set on nice, winter wool, sweaters, hats, scarves (I’ve even had a passing thought or two about gloves!) and blankets. I LOVE BLANKETS. So my beautiful cotton blend is waiting for a better time (probably in winter, when I’m fed up with all the cold weather knits….), while I’m knitting with Wensleydale wool from the West Yorkshire Spinners. It’s still “leftovers” from a Christmas project for my Friend , and judging by the fact that even now after knitting the hat and cowl I still have 1 whole skein left, I’m not the best yarn-strategist in the world. Oh well, at least I don’t have to play yarn chicken I guess…?
My colourful blanket is finished! It’s exactly as I expected (well, maybe a little bigger, but that’s good!) and I absolutely loved knitting it. An easy, straightforward knit, with regular colour changes and bright, cheerful yarn. Can’t beat that! Plus now I have a new lap blanket for long winter months, when I get chilly sitting in front of my PC for hours.
My doily is a long-term, ongoing project that I take out from its project bag from time to time, crochet a few rounds and put it away for days again. It’s quite nice to have such a project whenever I need a change – crocheting with thread and small hooks really feels different than most of my other projects.
It’s summer in Ireland, and quite an amazing one, with several weeks of sunshine and temperatures well above 20 degrees Celsius. Apparently it’s one of the warmest summers ever! Funny thing, in Poland that would be considered average or even cool summer weather, and as the Boyfriend says, in Greece that’s more like early spring or maybe autumn. But here it really feels hot, so much so that we’ve already spent a few weekend days on the beach and even went swimming a couple of times! In fact, since our living room has one glass wall (windows from ceiling to floor), it gets awfully hot inside and I’m looking forward for the weather to cool down.
I have many projects waiting in my queue and it doesn’t really help that I reorganize it and add new patterns all the time. Like, seriously browsing Ravelry’s pattern database and reorganizing my projects queue is something I do almost daily, and I always enjoy it just the same. Some patterns have been waiting for their turn patiently for more than a year and don’t seem to get anywhere closer to being knitted/ crocheted, as there’s always something more urgent, that I need to start right now! That’s exactly how I decided that I absolutely needed a new reusable shopping bag.
A few weeks ago I bought 7 skeins of Louisa Harding’s Noema yarn. I’ve been looking for something suitable for summer knits, and this yarn was on sale on ebay, so I thought I’d give it a try. I like Louisa Harding yarns and Noema has such bright, cheerful colours that I couldn’t resists.
If you read some of my previous blog posts, you know that a few times a year I donate my knits to animal rescue charity auction. It’s a small local rescue run by one woman who managed to build an amazing support network and helps many dogs and cats. Each auction also has one other chosen rescue that receives part of the collected funds.
This time, unlike previously, I didn’t have anything ready in my gifts and donations box, but I wanted to contribute even in a small way, so I used up the last skein of Malabrigo Rios in Purpuras colourway and knitted a cute baby top. It’s a very simple and lovely pattern, and it takes one afternoon to knit it.
Some time ago I bought a few skeins of Drops Safran cotton yarn in two different shades of blue, with a thought of knitting a summer top. But I just really couldn’t find any top pattern that I wanted to knit with this yarn. Maybe because I have a dishcloth made with it and in my mind, this is just a dishcloth-y kind of cotton? I’m not sure, but eventually I just left it alone in my cotton box together with other scraps and leftovers from amigurumi toys.
And then beautiful weather came to Ireland, and we started spending as much time as possible outdoors, especially going hiking on the weekends. I love mountain hiking and rock climbing, and I used to do it a lot in the past, so getting slowly back on track was a great idea.