Hello Friends! Phew, it’s been a while… a really long while since my last post. I’m fine, and nothing bad happened, I just really wasn’t feeling like writing, so I took a bit of a break from blogging. As Ireland is slowly reopening (accelerating the 5-phase roadmap significantly in recent weeks), I find myself in a weird dissociative state, with my thoughts foggy and scattered all over the place.
We haven’t done anything social yet, and I’ve even cancelled my hairdresser’s appointment – luckily the Boyfriend agreed to trim my hair because they really needed that (those pesky split ends!). For a few days now we’ve been allowed to travel anywhere in Ireland, and we wanted to take a weekend trip last week, but it’s been very windy and raining all the time, so we dropped the idea, and hopefully, we can go somewhere this weekend. I’m also planning a girlie “dinner and drinks” night out with some friends next Saturday as the first step to break the isolation, so maybe that will help me get back to a more reasonable and focused state of mind.
Clarity Cardigan by Gretchen Ronnevik was my first knitting project after 2 weeks long break in April. Return to knitting was less smooth than I expected, and the cardigan took almost a month to finish. I’m happy to say that my knitting muscles and joints are back in shape and I’m enjoying both knitting and crochet again!
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 bought Debbie Bliss Rialto 4-ply merino yarn to knit a simple, basic cardigan. This yarn is almost neutral, pale blue and green combination that looks gray on darker days, so I thought it would be perfect to wear over other, more intense colours.
But then I changed my mind of course. It happened when I found the Walk Along pattern by Ankestrick on Ravelry. It’s exactly the kind of top I love – longer, lose-fitting and I really like the mock two-layered structure. So I decided to use my Debbie Bliss yarn for it, and add some Clover Cottage hand dyed yarn in Sirius colourway as the second colour. I’d prefer to reverse the colour scheme, but I don’t have enough of Sirius for that, and I’m still happy as it is.
I bought this yarn some time ago without any particular plan for it, simply because I loved this colour so much. It reminded me of young spring beech tree leaves and I really couldn’t resist it when I saw it on ebay. Side note: there are also a few other colours of Colline in my stash, so be prepared to see them in more projects in the future 😉 My first idea for this yarn was Madigan by Melissa LaBarre for my Mum (because this is exactly the kind of sweater she loves, with short sleeves and the wide collar), but after knitting a few rows, I decided to look for something more stretchy for that sweater, like superwash wool or alpaca. Colline is mostly cotton and it is better for more spring/ summertime garments.
When I found the Sage Remedy pattern, I just knew that this yarn was made for it. And the colour of the original top knitted by the designer is similar, so I could see that it looks great in bright green.
I bought Conway + Bliss Lolli yarn as a part of my Wool Lotto shopping spree. I’ve had my eye on it for a while, even though it’s apparently designed for kids projects 😉 I like the structure of the thread – like an airy tube, a bit thicker in its colourful parts. And I like the speckles too, and the fiber content (cotton with some polyester)… so I decided to give it a try, and use it for a summer top. I chose the grey version as I like how the bold neon speckles work with this calm, neutral background.
So… it happened! I knitted my first top – not exactly a sweater but a summer sleeveless top in cotton yarn. Yay!
I wasn’t sure if knitting an actual garment was a good idea at this stage. I thought that maybe I should stick to scarves, gloves, small projects more suitable for a beginner. But I really wanted to try, to move beyond things that could just be crocheted – to feel why learning to knit was the right choice. And this is when Drops designs came to the rescue, one more time 🙂