I guess challenging myself with trying to defeat my summer knits anxiety has made me bolder than usual, and I decided to give a try to my other usually avoided type of projects: made with bulky yarn.
Maybe you noticed reading my posts, that I mostly knit with thinner yarns, preferable fingering weight. Fingering or DK is my favourite, with worsted or aran weight reserved for hats (sometimes) and an occasional sweater. I’ve only tried to knit a jumper with bulky yarn once in my life, and I found it such a pain that I promptly unravelled the few centimetres I made and swapped the yarn for something lighter in my knitting group, promising myself never to do that again. It just felt so awkward! The needles were large and uncomfortable, and they felt like paddles in my hands rather than crafty accessories meant to create a garment (even though I LOVE kayaking 😉 ).
Well, since it’s time for crafty challenges and (hopefully) small victories, I dug out some bulky multicoloured wool and acrylic yarn from Ice Yarns in the shades of peach, light brown, pink and grey from my stash, and decided to give it a try.
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…?
I’ve been planning to knit the Madigan top for my mother since… I’m not even sure, seems like forever. That’s because it’s exactly the type of sweater she likes, with short sleeves and ridged cowl designed to keep the neck warm. And it’s simple, no lace or fancy stitches – I just know she’s going to love it!
I’m not sure why but I can’t resist knitting more and more hats and scarves. There’s just something I love about it: instant gratification because they take so little time to knit, so many awesome and very different patterns and ideas, and how they can easily change the character of an outfit. They also don’t require large amount of yarn which makes them perfect de-stashing projects.
I’m still neck-deep in my Christmas projects. I must’ve miscalculated the time completely, and I don’t know how it happened (where did all the time disappear?!) but I only have one week left to the postage of my package. For bigger parcels to Poland I always use the transport company which not only offers better prices than An Post, but also allows me to send stuff like cosmetics, whereas at the post office they consider them liquids and don’t allow to send them abroad. Anyway, the last day to send the parcel if I want it to be delivered before Christmas is next week. And that means that there’s no way to finish the Madigan top for my Mum – so I’m focused on hats and scarfs only. That’s not really a problem, my Mum gets more of my knits than anyone else anyway, and I have other things for her (and she’ll get her Madigan as well, just later), but I’m surprised at how fast time flies when there’s work to be done!
Well, with little time left I need to keep knitting – only my cats can be lazy all days long! 🙂
So… it’s May, spring came to Ireland and it seems to be here for good, with more sun than rain to the point that if the weather stays as it is now, we’re planning to go to the beach on the weekend. I mean REALLY to the beach, to lay down on our towels in the sun, which I’ve only done once in Ireland before, because usually it’s just too windy or cloudy. Yay! However, as you can see on the photo above, this lovely weather doesn’t distract me from planning ahead and preparing for autumn 😉
The thought process that made me knit a hat and a neck warmer in may was simple:
a) I have leftover yarn from my first cardigan project and it doesn’t really match with other yarn colours in my stash, so I should use it for something small;
b) I really want to try knitting more cables and perhaps some easy lacework;
a) + b) = c), where
c) I have to knit a cabled hat! and if there is enough yarn left, then also gloves or a cowl!