At the end of the year I finished a few quick and very easy projects in warm colours, to keep our heads and hands cosy and nice during winter. Both me and the Boyfriend got new hats – his one being another mustard hat, because he lost the previous one; and mine just because I liked the pattern and I had a skein of yarn which seemed perfect for it.
For the mustard hat, I chose once again the Classic World War II Watchman Cap, a tried and tested, easy pattern, which gives a very stretchy and warm hat with a double layer over the ears. I knitted it using Drops Nepal, which is a very soft combination of wool and alpaca in aran weight. I love this pattern and the two different width of the ribbing used in it, and I think I’m going to use it many more times.
My hat was based on Joji Locatelli’s pattern, Field of Wildflowers. I found it by browsing pattern ideas for my single skein of Malabrigo Rios, and I decided to knit it, as I think the stitches make the best use of the variegated yarn and really show the colour changes.
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?
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.
It’s finished, blocked and it’s all I’ve wanted it to be! My Still Light tunic (pattern by Veera Välimäki) is my new favourite dress, perfect for the end of winter when it’s not so cold anymore, so fingering yarn is enough. And it has pockets! Seriously, I’m so proud of myself – I was afraid of knitting a garment with pockets but the instructions are so clear and the design so smart that it was very easy.
It’s the last week before Christmas and we haven’t really planned anything yet, meals included, but I’m feeling absolutely relaxed and stress-free about that. The only plan we’ve made was to go to the south of Ireland this week for a few days since we haven’t really had any kind of holidays this year. The plan included a stay in a SPA hotel, and I’ve been really looking forward to soaking in the Jacuzzi and sweating all the stress of the year in the sauna. In addition, we’ve planned a couple of interesting places to see. And guess what? That’s right, I’m sick again! I really don’t know what’s going on with me this year, I can’t recall anything like that since childhood when I used to be sick all the time but tonsillectomy took care of it. There is nothing left to remove now though so this solution is no longer an option 😉 Anyways, I am trying to cancel the reservation today and hopefully reschedule the stay to January but it may be tricky since the hotel has 48 hours cancellation policy and we were supposed to go there on Friday. I hope they will consider my argument that checking in starts at 4 p.m. (so I’m not in the 48 hours window yet) and won’t make me pay for a cancelled stay.
Well, to sum it up, I just gave up on making plans and stressing out about them. Luckily my wonderful Other Half has offered to prepare all our Christmas meals this year (usually we both prepare something from our national cuisine) and of course my Mum has added some yummy food to her Christmas gift package, so we won’t starve. I think my Mum secretly believes that I don’t have anything to eat here, even though I’ve gained weight and keep reminding her that there are two Polish stores in my neighbourhood, not to mention the huge shopping centre just across the street!
My Buttonside Alpaca Jumper is ready! With my enhanced knitting speed and terrible insomnia over the past 10 days, I’ve been able to finish and block it, sew the buttons, and move on to the next projects almost effortlessly. And thankfully today is my last steroid day, as I’m really exhausted from the lack of sleep and unable to focus on anything, which is particularly problematic when I need to work. But certainly the medications did their job, and apart from all these weird side effects I’m doing so much better than ever in the last couple of months that I shouldn’t even really complain. Sometimes we have to choose the lesser evil and enjoy the positive things it provides. So let’s move on to the good stuff!
The long planned pullover for my boyfriend is finally almost ready, and all pieces are blocked. All it still requires is sewing up and knitting the neckband – sounds simple, right?
Not at all. I’ve never experienced such a mental block with any project before. Each time I prepare everything for seaming, I spend a lot of time worrying, thinking and analyzing, only to put it away in the end. Ouch…