Hello! How are you doing my Friends? I hope everyone is fine, staying safe in self-isolation.
Who would have thought a year ago that this would be a common way to begin a blog entry? We live in interesting times, and I miss the good old boredom!
Here in Ireland, we entered the first stage of a 5-phase roadmap to reopening the country yesterday, and it seems that everyone assumes we’re already past the danger. I went to do my weekly grocery shopping yesterday, and I was baffled to see people without masks, gloves and approaching each other casually as if everything was already back to normal. But the 1st phase is hardly any change at all, the process is supposed to be a gradual (and slow – until August) transition into “business as usual”. Right now, some outdoor vendors and workers can reopen/ get back to work, and people from different households can meet up outdoors, but still keeping the distance. Meanwhile, all the neighbourhood kids are running around together in a large group today, and I just can’t see it ending well. I hope I’m wrong!
That’s right! After my first successful summer project, I decided to try again and knit another garment using a different shade of the same Lithuanian 3-ply Linen. This time it’s a summer cardigan designed by Ambah O’Brien, called Natsu. I’m not even sure if the word ‘cardigan’ is the best for it, it’s something between a kimono top, poncho and a summer light jacket, but whatever the name, it’s a perfect summer piece of clothing. Just have a look!
After knitting my Citrus Dream cardigan last month, I knew that I was going to knit it again, with slightly tighter gauge than before, and in a more neutral colours. I find the shape of this design perfect for a lightweight, early autumn or spring cardigan, with larger neck opening and shorter sleeves that allow to easily adjust to the weather by adding a scarf and longer gloves if it gets colder.
This time I used Malabrigo Sock yarn in Piedras colourway, a nice, soft merino yarn in the shades of brown, green, and some hints of purple. I hesitated between three different colour options for the bands and cuffs: orange, mustard and light green. I liked each version, but ultimately decided to stick with the initial plan of knitting in more “neutral” shades, so I used some of the yarn bought at Wollinn – Live or Dye fingering merino in pale, muted green.
I think the result is great, and the colour combination reminds me of an autumn beech forest, with brown beech and green spruce and fir – exactly the kind of forest that is typical for the lower parts of the mountains close to my home in Poland.
This strangely looking WIP is not an amigurumi octopus (pentapus?) in the making. It is, in fact, a cardigan, designed in an interesting way, with sleeves, back piece and both front pieces knitted separately and then joined together at the yoke. The yoke itself is what drove me to this Paisley Cardigan pattern by Sarah Hutton in the first place – I just really like the contrasting, cabled detail that adds a twist to the plain, simple sweater.
The cardigan is a part of patterns collection designed for the beautiful aran weight yarn from the West Yorkshire Spinners, The Croft Shetland Colours. When I first saw it on their Instagram account, I knew I wanted to knit it, and exactly in the same colours as the original. I love that two contrasting, neutral colours are used together, and work so well. I thought it would be a great way to be able to wear this cardigan both with cooler and warmer shades. And I just needed a reason to buy some of this yarn and try it out!
It took me two weeks to knit my new cardigan, a Drops Design free pattern called “Sweet as Honey” – and it’s definitely one of my favourite finished projects so far! I usually find that raglan cardigans tens to slide down my shoulders a little, which can be really annoying – but this one doesn’t. It fits just as it should. It’s also knitted in my favourite yarn weight, fingering – thin but warm enough for this time of the year. I used hand-dyed Irish Fairytale Yarns merino with silk and I love this yarn – merino wool gives makes it warm and soft, while silk content adds a little sheen and makes the yarn more sturdy. The colourway I chose is Old Oak – it’s a very warm, medium brown shade, just perfect to pair up with red or green.
Ever since giving up on the idea of knitting something summery, I’ve been working on my new cardigan, Sweet as Honey by Drops Designs. So far, so good! It requires more focus and attention than my most recent, mindless knits, but it’s going well and I’m really enjoying it.
And I thought that it may be a good opportunity to share my yarn winding method with you!
I don’t have a winder and I don’t feel the need to buy one, as I actually enjoy winding yarn on my own – except for lace I guess, but I don’t use it very often so it’s not a big deal. I do it at my work desk, because the arms of my chair are just what I need.
Clarity Cardigan by Gretchen Ronnevik was my first knitting project after 2 weeks long break in April. Return to knitting was less smooth than I expected, and the cardigan took almost a month to finish. I’m happy to say that my knitting muscles and joints are back in shape and I’m enjoying both knitting and crochet again!
As it turned out, my “cold” is actually bronchitis and it hit me hard enough to spend Christmas mostly in bed or sitting on the coach wrapped in two blankets (one was just not enough). I really felt like ignoring Christmas completely, because I only wanted to sleep to escape the constant coughing, and for the first time ever I didn’t even clean the apartment before Christmas Eve. Anyone who knows me realizes that this is indeed a bad sign 😉 My Boyfriend did all the cooking and baking (I had only baked gingerbread thins a couple of days earlier, because they are better after 2-3 days in the jar) and was generally really awesome. The sad thing is that I lost the sense of taste for a couple of days anyways so I couldn’t even enjoy any of his meals!
Well, so the only thing that could enhance my mood was a new knitting project, something cheerful and colourful. The Caramel Cardigan by Isabell Kraemer seemed like a perfect choice, and I decided to combine stripes in three different bright colours of Drops Lima (part of my Drops Alpaca Party sale haul) and a neutral, cream-coloured background. I love such colour combos and wear them very often.