Spring Knitting

SpingFern3 Happy beginning of Spring/Easter everyone! Hoping you all enjoyed some relaxing days spend whichever way you wanted, with some knitting on top. My weekend was good, but I’m a little low on knitting time lately. Other than the usual hectic at work, I actually bought an apartment since my latest blogpost. Does this officially make me an adult now? I certainly hope not.. Most of the paperwork is done and the wait for getting the key has started (which is end of April) and packing has been on my mind already (although actually doing it is apparently a whole other story). Which is not to say I haven’t been knitting at all!

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Spring is definitely already showing itself just a tad bit, and I felt some Spring inspired socks were in order. The pattern is called Spring Fern and I’m using the magical Wildflowers colourway from the Snailyarn I got for my birthday last December. It’s certainly knitting up like a dream, beside the fact that for the first time ever I’m knitting socks on 2mm 15cm long DPNs. Makes me feel like I have ginormous hands and progress is noticeably slower. It will give me a great fit though so it is worth it. And I actually have child-size hands in real life so it’s nice to finally feel like a person that isn’t so challenged in the hand-size department.

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I haven’t made a lot of progress with my Evening Stockings for a Young Lady, although I have moved on to the foot. Still really like the grey-yellow mix, these are going to be awesome.

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I also cast on the first sweater of this year (pattern is called Char). Even though the pattern collection is an ode to black (and I totally feel that with my usual wardrobe), I’m using some purple Rowan Pure Wool DK I still had lying around. I’ve linked this stash to so many sweaters and cardi’s by now but never loved the combination enough to cast on. I am digging this so far, and I think the first attempt may actually be my size (unheard of!).

I also need to start baby knits soon! No I am not pregnant, but a friend of me is due this May and she already hinted she certainly wouldn’t mind a hand knit gift. But having never knit anything for baby’s before I need some advice on good yarns to use! I guess the most important requirements are softness and being machine-washable. So any advice/recommendations would be extremely welcome!

FO: Adama cowl

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The first FO of 2016! Whenever I start complaining again about not finishing enough projects, please remind me that 95% of my knitting is in fingering weight is it’s pretty much my own stupid fault. This cowl is knit in worsted weight and I finished it in under a week without even trying very hard.

Pattern: Adama cowl by Hilary Smith Callis
Yarn: Brooklyn Tweed Shelter in the Birdbook colourway

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The pattern itself was a relatively mindless knit and is an excellent candidate for tv knitting. I did need to keep an eye on the pattern, but most of it was smooth sailing and it pretty much felt like it was flying off the needles. And I actually like it in the tweedy yarn! I’m sure this’ll be keeping my shoulders warm for still many hours to come this winter.

Knit deprived

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Hello dear readers, how has to first month of 2016 treated you? I found myself in a serious state of knitting deprivation in January. I figured I’d make a *super quick* cross stitch as a birthday gift for a friend (which was in the beginning of January), which I only finished just last week. We both love Community, so I thought this would be a nice little gift, but I was SO over cross stitch for the last 2 weeks. I didn’t want to start knitting because the temptation to just forget about the whole gift would be too great. I’m glad I pushed myself to finish it, now I just need to nicely frame it and it can finally be gifted. Just one month too late, that’s not so bad right?

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I don’t foresee doing any new cross stitch projects in the next few months, so I indulged in casting on new projects. The first had to be socks of course. It’s been so long since I knit my last pair of knee socks, plus I had some beautiful leftover yarn from my Golden Leaves socks that I wanted to use up. Yellow as a contrast colour for gray knee-socks seemed like a fail proof idea, and so far I am LOVING them. I just need to calculate if I have enough yellow to also make yellow heels and toes, which I think would be my favourite option. If I don’t have enough yardage left I’ll at least try for yellow toes.. because YELLOW TOES! The pattern is called Evening Stockings for a Young Lady, ha! I guess I am a young lady, so perfect fit of pattern & prospective stocking wearer.

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Next to that I cast on a cowl with the Brooklyn Tweed yarn I bought in Canada. The pattern is Adama, although my project doesn’t look like much yet. Had to share this picture though, because Iva demonstrates why she deserves the title of top photobombing cat of the year title. Her little head with those blue eyes full of mischief popping up behind the knitting cracks me up.

2015 in knitting

I hope you all had a lovely New Year’s Eve, spend with exactly the people you wanted to be with and exactly at the place you wanted to be at, whether it be at a big party or snuggled up at home. For me it was more of the latter, as I like to spend NYE at home, comforting my pets from all the hullabaloo outside if need be.

I wanted to do a little round-up of all my knitting this year and I already knew beforehand it would be less than I was hoping for. The sudden loss of my dear cat at the beginning of 2015 threw me off knitting for months, it being an activity so closely associated with a purring cat on my lap. Even though Dimmie will always be dearly missed, the hurt lost its edge and I rekindled my love for knitting throughout the year. 2015 was also the year in which Iva found her way into my life, and even though she’s just been living with us for 3 months now, I wouldn’t want to miss her for anything in the world.

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I finished 15 projects in 2015 (a little fitting, isn’t it?). I didn’t have any clear resolutions, other than that I wanted to knit more sweaters/cardigans. Although not an impressive amount, I did finish 1 sweater and 1 cardigan, so check I think?

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I only finished 4 pairs of socks, which I hope will be significantly more in 2016. Sock knitting always was ‘my thing’. I can get lost with other projects, but socks hardly ever fail me. So I want to reclaim my ‘addicted to sock knitting’ title in the coming year.

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Although I did work on a couple of colourwork projects throughout the year, none of them made it to a finished status. So one clear goal for 2016 will be to at least finish one of them. I do love stranded knitting, but I also do find it more tricky to pick up WIPs that involve stranded knitting for some reason.

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By far it is not all doom and gloom. I do wish I could’ve done more, but let’s be real, if I had finished 30 projects I probably still would’ve said that. Us knitters are probably always plagued by the thought that it is unlikely we will ever finish knitting everything we want in our lifetime, just like I’ll never be able to keep on top of all the books I want to read. Most importantly, knitting once again kept me sane. In a hectic second year of my PhD, knitting was my meditation. It brought me tremendous joy, from picking out patterns and matching yarns, to wearing my finished projects. I also knit two gifts that I know made people dear to me happy. So what more could I possibly be asking for? Here’s to more of that feeling in 2016!

The last FO of the year! Lorem Ipsum cardigan

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You may or may not have heard my endless whining about knitting this cardigan. I managed to make all the rookie mistakes but somehow still kept myself motivated just enough to get this thing done.

Pattern: Lorem Ipsum by Jennifer Dassau
Yarn: Malabrigo Sock in Fresco Y Seco

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So this is the third version I knit. The first one was in the wrong size and was ripped. I was SO excited when the second version seemed to be in my size, but I got totally deceived how similar my different skeins were. When I nearly finished the body and had to switch to the second skein, the transition looked horrible and so, so obvious. The whole thing was ripped again and for the next version I got the size right and alternated my skeins to prevent any horrible transitions. And right when I thought it was done it turned out I had bought 13 buttons for a cardigan with 14 buttonholes. Let’s just say counting anything above 10 is difficult, so not my fault at all.

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Well I’m glad I stuck with this thing, it fits, the colours work out, and most importantly IT’S DONE! And right at the edge of 2015.

Wishing you all a wonderful New Year’s Eve!!