Almost two years ago I decided to take up the challenge of knitting my first dress in fingering weight yarn. I thought it was going to take forever and I wasn’t sure if it was a good idea, but as it turned out, I loved knitting it and didn’t find it boring at all, despite the amount of stockinette stitch I had to make. This dress had been a little loose, which was fine and I wore it a lot, but I lost some weight since then time and it has gotten too large for me at some point. It’s still safely stored in my wardrobe in case if I get bigger again (and sometimes due to new or increased doses of meds I quickly “grow” one or two sizes very fast, or lose just as much).
The pattern is called Still Light Tunic and it’s designed by Veera Välimäki. It’s really well written, simple, and smart in the way in which the pockets are constructed because yes, this dress has pockets! I absolutely love this detail as so many female clothes, including jeans, suffer from the lack of pockets. The dress is also very comfortable and just perfect for the autumn days, when it can be worn with boots (and a cardigan if necessary, since the sleeves are not full length).
I have some really lovely, summery yarn in my stash waiting for me to knit something proper for early August. But I’m just not feeling it. My heart is fully set on nice, winter wool, sweaters, hats, scarves (I’ve even had a passing thought or two about gloves!) and blankets. I LOVE BLANKETS. So my beautiful cotton blend is waiting for a better time (probably in winter, when I’m fed up with all the cold weather knits….), while I’m knitting with Wensleydale wool from the West Yorkshire Spinners. It’s still “leftovers” from a Christmas project for my Friend , and judging by the fact that even now after knitting the hat and cowl I still have 1 whole skein left, I’m not the best yarn-strategist in the world. Oh well, at least I don’t have to play yarn chicken I guess…?
My gift making has slowed down significantly recently. In fact, all my yarny projects have. I’ve been dealing with my never ending cold, work deadlines and general apathy. So while I’d finished knitting The Rain Outside shawl for my friend about 2 weeks ago, I couldn’t bring myself to actually write about it or take some acceptable photos.
As I wrote in my previous post, I’d bought some gorgeous West Yorkshire Spinners wool recently to knit a shawl and a hat for my friend. The wool is very soft, but being a 100% sheep wool, it has these tiny fuzzy hair, which made me wonder if it would be comfortable to wear it around the neck, next to skin? Well, to find out I designed an almost scientific experiment (alright, not exactly, there’s no control trial and the sample is too small, but let’s say it’s enough for my home-based, yarny science) 😉
First I soaked one skein really well in Eucalan, which I love not only for its softening properties, but also because it’s no-rinse, which is great when you need to hand wash knitted clothes. I was a little worried that the wool would get tangled, but nothing like that happened.
This messy pile above is my sock collection – all pairs of socks and leg warmers that I’ve knitted except those that were made for someone else and one pair which felted in the laundry – even though the yarn was supposed to be machine washable! They don’t look to well because I don’t ever bother with blocking socks after washing, thankfully on the feet their looks improve a lot.
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!
This beautiful wool arrived by post as a gift from a dear friend. This is Kauni yarn, a Danish lamb wool brand manufactured in Estonia. It’s gorgeous and the colours make me want to keep it on the shelf just to look at it whenever my mood is low 🙂 I’ve been thinking to order this yarn for ages now but I never have, because I was worried that it would be too coarse, as natural 100% sheep wool tends to be. And let’s be honest, it is coarse, but not as much as I thought, and I think a good soak in Eucalan will help it a lot. Each of these 24 gorgeous skeins is 175 metres, and I would say it’s probably sport weight – not as thin as fingering but not as thick as DK either.
I thought that socks were so complicated and that I wasn’t ready for them. But I decided to try and, with the guide of Ann Budd’s book ‘Getting started knitting socks’ I made it. It was much easier than I’d expected and I enjoyed knitting them so much!