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Finished project: Kalaloch Pullover

I made it! My Kalaloch Pullover is ready and I’m really happy with how it turned out. I wasn’t sure till the very end if it would really fit me, with its funny short sleeves (just look above) and its wide circular yoke – it’s only at the end when the decreases are really made (it’s knitted bottom up) and suddenly the yoke starts looking like it should. But even with all those doubts I persisted and now I have this awesome loose fitting sweater that I’m going to wear as soon as autumn starts (which means soon!).

If I look awkward and tired, it’s because that’s exactly how I feel. But also happy because of the new sweater 😉
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Sparkle and Shine

It seems that summer is finally in Ireland, after a very chilly and wet June (and a bonus cold for me, because who doesn’t want to get back to working full time with a runny nose and a fever, right?!). It’s a bit warmer and more sunny, and only rains on some days, which is a huge progress in comparison to June. Days are busy, I’m starting to feel more secure in my new duties at work, and everything is going fine – well, almost everything. Ciri has a minor inflammation in her eye (second time now), and following the vet’s advice, I keep applying chamomile extract twice a day on her eye area – just have to be careful not to let her swallow it as it may be toxic for cats when ingested. I really don’t want to bring her to the vet because those visits are extremely stressful for her and I’m worried she might get another stress-related UTI, so I’m happy to see that a chamomile home remedy seems to be doing the job. Even though she hates the application and I’m pretty sure she’s never going to trust me again!

My most recent knitting project has been the Kalaloch Pullover from the summer issue of Interweave Knits. I knew I wanted to knit it even before I received my issue of Interweave Knits, as soon as I saw the photos on Ravelry. I love this very oversized, relaxed sweater so much! But since it’s so oversized (I’m knitting size 48” whereas I normally wear 36” or 38”), and knitted with fingering yarn, it’s going to take forever to finish it. It took me days to knit the first 15 cm of plain stockinette stitch, and it’s definitely going to slow down even more when I get to the textured part… but before I get to it, I’m taking a forced break, because I broke my needle knitting it. Turns out that a wooden needle which is only 3 mm wide is just not very durable. Luckily it wasn’t a part of my new set, so all I had to do was order a new one online (and it’s aluminum this time) and wait for it to arrive.

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Candy Stripes Jumper

It’s official: my new favourite sweater is ready! In fact, it’s been ready for over a week now, I’ve just been lazy to update the blog and post some photos, so it’s high time to write about it.

I was super enthusiastic about the pullover in my previous post, and I still am. It turned out just as I hoped for: very soft and squishy, with a comfortable, relaxed fit. This yarn apparently stretches a little after blocking (I haven’t washed or blocked it yet as I don’t think I’m going to wear it anytime soon, it’s too warm), so I guess it will be even more relaxed once I decide to do it.

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My Redy is ready!

In my last post, I mentioned that I probably wouldn’t be able to finish my Drops Alpaca Bouclé Redy pullover before I travel to Poland since I always slow down at the stage of knitting sleeves. But surprise, surprise! This pattern is so straight-forward, including the sleeves (no body shaping and no decreasing in the sleeves), that it took me only two evenings to knit the both sleeves and weave in the ends. And now I can enjoy all this cosy squishiness and wear it on my travel to feel comfortable and warm!

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It’s summer, for real!

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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.

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And Ciri doesn’t love this heatwave either. She stretches herself down on the cool floor (here she is next to my desk but in fact she prefers cooler kitchen floor tiles) and tries to survive until the evening. Stella doesn’t really mind, maybe because her fur is a little shorter and less thick.

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Dog hoodie – update

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She looks totally stressed out – clearly a camera shy dog!

I haven’t updated my blog in a while and there’s a good reason for that, as I’m on a short holiday in Poland. I decided not to bring any knitting or crochet projects with me. Honestly, it feels a little weird not to have my hands busy like I usually do at my own home when I’m sitting in front of TV or a computer, but I think it’s good to let my hands rest a bit. My right arm has been a little achy recently and I’m pretty sure it’s from knitting all the time, so I’m letting it rest and giving myself reason to miss the needles and hooks again 🙂 It’s definitely working!

While I’m busy meeting up with my family and friends, visiting some of my favourite places and eating (especially eating!), I thought I’d update everyone on Nika’s hoodie.

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Stranded colourwork

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Life has been busy recently and I don’t have as much time for knitting as I’d like to. The only project I’m working on in the evenings is my first real stranded colourwork garment: the Stavanger Jumper. It’s a free Drops pattern and I’m knitting it with Drops Alpaca, which is just so amazingly soft and wonderful. I’m still feeling intimidated by Fair Isle/ Scandinavian patterns, but I think that the only way to change it is through practice, so I decided to give it a try.

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Colour Block Jumper

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This free Drops pullover pattern called Wind Down has been in my queue for months, patiently awaiting its turn. Drops Alpaca Party this winter helped it move to the front of the queue and finally I decided to knit it, using two shades of Drops Lima yarn: light gray and sea green. My latest hat, cowl and gloves were made from the leftovers from this project. I’m not really sure why but I knew from the beginning that I wanted these colours to be used together as very simple, basic colour blocks, with the gray shade in the upper part. I couldn’t really see knitting this jumper in more colourful version, I wanted the lacy details to play the main role.

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