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!
I mentioned here several times in the past that I’m sticking with knitting hats when it comes to knits for the Boyfriend. He never wears any scarves – neither those made by me nor any other – and he hardly ever wears the jumper I made, because it’s a thick aran weight sweater and he feels too warm in it. But he always wears the hats from me and seems to like them, or at least he’s kind enough to claim so.
Well, I’m taking it back: all it took for him to appreciate a good warm sweater was for his office to have long-term heating issues. Suddenly not only he started wearing sweaters (and got complimented on the one from me!) but also asked if I could make him another one. Well, of course, I could!
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!).
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.
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.
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!
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 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.
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!
My Stavanger jumper is ready! To be honest, it had been finished two weeks ago but life kept me too busy to update my blog and show you the sweater that brought me so much stress, frustration but also joy to knit. So here it is, my first real Fair Isle (or maybe just stranded colourwork, as it’s more Scandinavian tan Fair Isle pattern) garment!