When I was living in Denmark I learned a beautiful new little word; overspringshandling (or displacement activity in English). In biology the term refers to the idea that when animals are faced with two competing behaviours, e.g. fight or flight, instead of doing either of them, they’ll start doing something completely unrelated. The Danes used this word more in the likes of ‘I should probably be studying for my exam, but instead I’ll start cleaning the kitchen’. I think I’m experiencing the knitting equivalent right now.
See, I’m only a button band away from steeking this tiny cardigan. But bringing the scissors to this work that was in the end quite fidgety and a hassle to make, is giving me some serious fight or flight vibes. So even though I should really finish this before my friend gives birth (any day now), I started knitting snowmen in October. They’re chilling in my Bonsai until the Christmas tree goes up (still 1,5 months or so away from now).
Oh and I finished the body of my Threshold sweater. But apparently I don’t have the correct needle size for the sleeves, so the project is have a little nap until the new DPNs arrive.
I’ve also figured knitting a second baby present is less work than finishing project #1, so I’m making a Teddy Sweater in some super pretty Malabrigo Arroyo.
My stash is also not starving anymore, I won an instagram giveaway by Uschitita and boy did she spoil me with this prize.
Also, someone needs to delete the Etsy app from my phone already because I keep falling in love with new indie dyers and have some serious inhibition issues. These pretties arrived Lystig yarns in Finland recently. I love these two pale colours together. I was squishing and sniffing the yarn and I actually heard these skeins whisper to me that they’d like to be used together in a project, maybe a shawl with lots of garter stitch. I’m aware hearing yarn speak isn’t exactly normal, maybe it’s time for some vacation.
Speaking of which, I’m visiting the US in less than 2 weeks (arriving on the day of the elections, talk about timing!) and I’ll be spending some time in San Diego and New York city. If anyone has any tips on things to see and do please let me know!
It’s been forever since I did colourwork. This teeny tiny baby cardigan for a dear friend that is expecting (in less than a month, I need to keep knitting!!!) has brought me back in the game. I’m for sure rusty when it comes to my stranded knitting skills, tension could be better, but I think it’s all within blocking out range. Small projects are actually a great way to experiment with new techniques, and this is going to be a big one for me: my first steeking project. So far there’s no fear yet about taking scissors to my knitting, I’m still in a happy ignoring the whole thing kind of state. I’ll get there soon enough. Pattern is Saffran cardigan and I’m using Drops Karisma as it’s supposedly machine washable.
Iva is keeping a close eye on me just in case I loose my cool.
A lovely trip to Amsterdam on Friday also led to some more stash enhancement. A vibrant blue skein of sock yarn from Amsterdam based indie-dyer Undercover Otter, and a skein of Brooklyn Tweed Shelter that is finally available in the Netherlands now also thanks to the Stephen and Penelope store.
And my parents were ever so sweet to bring me back a skein of yarn on their trip to Texel, undyed 100% wool from Texel sheep.
Today was a lazy Sunday, outside the wind was rushing and there was rain. Inside there was cake baking, cat cuddling and knitting. I can’t begin to describe how in love I am with this season change.
After pretty much only monogamistic sock knitting during summer it feels nice to have several projects on the needle. For the first sweater of the season (pattern is Threshold
) I was looking for a perfect semi-solid yellow and I think I found it in this Phileas Yarn
explorer (colourway Wat). Isn’t the neckline of this sweater to die for? It’s a super enjoyable knit so I’m a little torn between wanting to have it off the needles to wear and wanting it to be an eternal wip.
I’m also working on a hat from the autumn issue from Pom Pom Quarterly
. It’s the Asklöv
hat, and well, the brim is obviously pretty boring to knit. I’m looking forward to the colourwork. I’m using geilsk tynd uld
, the colour is very pretty.
And there always have to be socks on the needles, there’s simply no other way. The Bordeaux Red from the skein of Ancient Arts Fibre sock yarn I bought in Canada last year was screaming my name. The pattern is Drogon by Cookie A. It’s not actually super fluffly yarn, any observed fluff in the picture is because the cat took a nap on it.
After finishing up so many socks over summer I also got some slight anxiety I might at one point dry out my sock yarn stash. Please try not to laugh… Ok that’s fine go ahead and laugh. I’ve done the math though, and for every skein of sock yarn knit up, at least 4 new skeins need to be added to the stash to compensate. So voila, here’s my attempt to fill up the stash again, surely more to follow 🙂
Well hello there pretties, welcome to my home! <3
The pastel prettiness is by the hands of Stranded Dyeworks oasis fingering in the Naive Watercolour colourway. That purple-yellow combination that set my heart aflutter is by Miss Mothballs in the Speckle Me colourway.
I don’t want to jinx it but I feel summer has truly come to an end now. The heat wave is over, the students are back in town and leaves are beginning to change colour. Also, last Friday the Summer Socks KAL ended and apparently I managed to finish 7 pairs in the last 2 months! Not only did I find my knitting mojo back over summer, but I finally also managed to squeeze in some reading time.
I haven’t finished Three Bags Full
yet, but I am really loving it. It’s a sheep detective and I think that says enough for anyone to want to read it. I loved all the books I finished (Het Smelt
by Lize Spit, Slade House
by David Mitchel and Me Before You
by Jojo Moyes and To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee which I loved the most), with the exception of the new Harry Potter
book. I know there’s plenty of people out there that loved it, I am most certainly one of the people that couldn’t help but feel it read like badly written fan fiction.
Other than the socks I already blogged about (Pixel Socks, Spring Fern, Evening Stockings for a Young Lady and Fine & Dandy socks) I managed an additional 3 vanilla pairs. The yarn used for these are: Lana Grossa Meilenweit (in the Bronx colourway), Regia Pairfect (in the cheesecake colourway) and Arne and Carlos design line (in the summer night colourway).
These Arne & Carlos socks just came off the needles last Friday and as you can see they still need a soak. And although the stripes in the Pairfect Cheesecake socks are my favourite colour-wise and I’ll be buying pairfect yarn in all possible colourways, the cuff on the Arne and Carlos socks worked out so well I think I’ll be using it for more socks from now on. If you want to try it it’s super simple: I just did a provisional crochet cast on, then knit X amount of rows, purl one row, then knit X amount of rows again. Fold the provisional cast on inside the socks, take out the waste yarn and knit each newly opened up stitch together with one of the live stitches.
Now that I got this insane spree of socks knitting behind me, I’ve been spending my entire Sunday browsing patterns, running to my stash looking at yarn, and dreaming of all the 5 billion autumn projects I’ll be casting on.
How has your summer knitting been? Have you already started on any autumn projects?
The summer weather just doesn’t want to go away, and so my binge sock knitting continues (because this correlation makes total sense).
Pattern: Fine & Dandy socks by Jessica Gore
Yarn: Cosmic Strings sock yarn in Sprinkles colourway
It took me a little while to get the hang of the flower pattern in the beginning, if you’re struggling just like me this youtube video is most helpful. Once figured out, this is an easy to memorise pattern repeat, although a bit fidgety at times.
The yarn is so much fun to knit with, waiting for the little colour explosion to happen. The socks differ a bit from one another, with one being a bit more speckled than the other. After already having seen a similar thing happen with my Spring Fern socks, I think we can officially call this the summer of slightly mismatched socks. Years from now we’ll fondly think back to this time, complaining about how all our socks are way too matchy and how life was simpler during that hot hot summer of ’16.
What’s next? More socks I reckon, because we’re in the middle of a heat wave, and you know, why wouldn’t there be a heat wave in the middle of September instead of autumn weather? I’ll just have to be patient a tad bit longer for autumn to finally arrive, and with it every possible warm knitting project I can think of.