Hello, welcome in 2018! I’m really amazed that it’s already this year, I remember thinking as a child how old I would be in 2000, much less 2010 or later – yet here we are!
I hope you are entering this new year with great plans, ideas and in awesome moods. To be honest, my beginning of the year wasn’t the best, but not the worst either so I’m trying not to complain. I have some goals for this year, mostly related with my professional and financial situation, but who knows if I manage to achieve them… Well, at least I’m going to try! Beside that I’m still recovering from the bronchitis, and I think I can finally say that it’s almost fully over. Still coughing a little, but it’s really just a residual dry cough, nothing serious. Worst thing is that my Boyfriend is sick now, and he is in Greece visiting his father who is going through chemotherapy, which means he can’t see him! That sucks. I’m beginning to wonder if there is something wrong with our house, because as much as I can somehow justify my own illnesses (due to meds I’m taking because of my chronic intestinal disease my immune system can be weakened), the Boyfriend being sick so often is really unusual. I have actually spent the last couple of days disinfecting, bleaching, and laundering in hot water everything around the apartment (although I didn’t dare to bathe the cats, but luckily they take care of it themselves 😉 ). If there was some bug hidden in these walls, no chance that it survived this purge!
Anyways… at the end of the last year I have started knitting my second Lotus Shawl. I made it differently than the previous one, because I needed a longer scarf rather than a shawl this time. So I made more pattern repeats but less rows of repeats. Since it’s a scarf and will be worn wrapped around my neck once or twice, I didn’t bother blocking it very carefully. I just washed it and blocked lightly on the dryer, but I skipped careful pinning, so as a result the edges curl a little. It doesn’t really matter. I used exactly the same yarn as previously so knitting it was a little boring – obviously I’m not a fan of repeating the same projects, especially without yarn variation! The yarn however is just as soft, squishy and cozy and previously and I love it.
Since I’d used up half of the yarn bought for Mum’s Madigan top to knit Dad’s hat and scarf, I decided to steal the remaining half for my own selfish knitting. This way I’ll have an excuse to order another lovely colourway for Mum, and that already makes me happy! Besides after all this scarves and shawls knitting, I realised I haven’t actually made one for myself this year apart from the sort-of-felted scarf. Up till now I’ve been wearing my last year’s cabled shawl almost all the time and while I love it, one is simply not enough for a whole winter ahead of us, right? Plus I wanted something bigger, to be able to cover my shoulders and use it as additional layer over the jumper or cardigan.
The photo shows all my knitted Christmas gifts (except my Aunt’s shawl which had been posted separately earlier) waiting to be wrapped and posted. Somehow I managed to finish the last gift set just on time – and there’s no way I could also knit Mum’s top before tomorrow, so I’m glad I gave up on this idea and spared myself additional stress.
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! 🙂
My plan to make shawls, scarfs and in some cases also matching hats as this year’s Christmas gifts for my loved ones is going smoothly so far. Last week I finished this thing of beauty, Lotus Shawl, by Yumiko Alexander (or DanDoh Design). I bought the Interweave book “Rustic Modern Knits” specifically for this pattern, because I fell in love with it as soon as I first saw it on the book’s cover online, and I knew I had to knit it one day. There are also other lovely patterns in the book and I’m going to knit some of them in the future too. I love Yumiko’s style, playing with textures, and unique way in which she makes vintage style look modern. Her designs are very feminine and flattering. She writes crochet patterns as well and there is a similar book “Rustic modern crochet” written by her.
It took me about 2 weeks to knit my scarf in the Old Shale lacy pattern. I could only knit a few pattern repeats each day and since I wanted the scarf to be long, it seemed to last forever. But finally I made it!
I’ve been feeling bad for the last couple of days, with swollen joints and energy-draining fatigue. Luckily, as I wrote in my previous post, I don’t have to work now, so I can allow myself to spend a few days snuggled up on the coach, with Stella on my lap, a mug of green tea, a book and some yarny project in my hands (not necessarily all at once of course).
Stella is my best medicine. She is such a loving, affectionate cat with the best purr ever! Every now and then she looks at me and very gently touches my face with her paw, as if trying to say “Don’t worry, you’ll be fine!”.
Ciri, her younger sister, is not affectionate at all, but she makes me laugh with all the mischievous things she does. I really can’t imagine my home without them!
Can there be anything better for a beginner knitter with crochet skills and colour fixation than a project covering it all? You are right, probably not 😉 That’s why my latest project, baktus scarf, has been such a joy!
I’ve had my eye on the Drops pattern (another one from their basic patterns collection) for a while. First – it took me some time and learning to understand it, as knitting patterns in general are still somewhat mysterious to me, and Drops patterns are written in their strange, specific way, which usually makes me want to give up instantly after reading them for the first time. Second – I really wanted it to be as colourful as possible, but I didn’t have the right yarn. I had worked with the recommended Drops Delight before and I didn’t like the feel of this yarn too much, especially for something to be worn close to the skin. It is a little too coarse and stiff and the nylon in it is too visible, so despite the beautiful colorways I knew I needed something else. When I added all the new yarn to my stash last week, Noro Silk Garden reminded me about this pattern and I knew it was time to knit it.