2016-2017

2016 was my busiest knitting year of all, and I can’t even share my completed knits. They are all packed away in boxes in storage, and they will unfortunately stay that way for many months to come until the renovations are completed enough that we can move in.

I have completed the hat and cowl that I was working on. I’ll post a picture another day. I’m glad to have them done. Today or tomorrow I’ll start on the Rivage wrap. I know I’ll have Rivage long completed before I’ll be able to find the yarn that is in storage for the Rowe cardigan. So it’ll be soon time to plan for another big project and to order some lovely yarn to go with it, but there’ll be plenty of days ahead while knitting lots of stockinette stitch on Rivage to think about what’ll come next.

At this point Rivage and Rowe are my knitting goals for 2017. I’m sure many more projects will find there way into my kniting list soon. But right now I really just want to cast on Rowe. But I suspect it’ll probably be started in the late summer or fall.

Packing and Moving

Today is the day we are packing up are belongings to head out to out new adventure. Early start since I’m not getting much of any sleep anyway with being so very pregnant. Unfortunately we get to move again shortly, as out new home is not yet available.

My seed stitch hat has been frogged twice again. The yarn is holding up beautifully to the constant overuse. It still looks perfect. It is Madeline Tosh Vintage. I’m at 6″ from the brim now, and I haven’t yet decided how much slouch I want. I’ll be putting in lifelines just in case I want more or less when I get to 8″ and 9″. It would not take long to finish, but with the aforementioned moving happening this weekend I am lacking time to get any knitting done. I must get back to packing before the children wake up.

Wouldn’t it be just thecway things always seem to go if labour should start today? Let’s hope nothing like that happens.

Good Intentions

It’s never been my intention to be away for so long, but with 2 kids and pregnant with my third my time is not my own.

Of course I’ve knitted numerous projects  since last time. Most have been frogged (some multiple times). I have not felt satisfied with things lately. I have a crazy demand for perfection in my handknits, whereas in life in general perfection has been lacking due to circumstances.

I have a beautiful, very expensive, skein of fingering yarn that I simply love and it has been through the frog pond so many times I have lost count. It’s only 1 skein and I cannot find what I truly want it to become. I’ve done lacy shawls and scarfs with it, but I’m just not satisfied with the results. I’m going to write a pattern specifically for that yarn, but right now it is going to wait for a couple years. There are other things that I need far more.

My current project is a matching hat and cowl of my own pattern that I am writing as I go. It’s been incredibly slow going. Involving lots of seed stitch. I love the hat and cowl, and it is looking lovely, but as it turns out I despise doing this much seed stitch. I’m not even half done the hat yet and I’m dreading working on it. I know once it is done it’ll be worth it. It could have been done in a few hours if it was a stockinette hat, but it’s not and my seed stitch is slow going. I tried switching knitting styles to continental,  combined continental, and even portugese, but I’m not experienced enough at those yet to make it go faster or more interesting than  throwing.

My next project will be Rivage. I ordered the yarn from LoveKnitting. It’s been 3 weeks and it has not arrived yet.  I’ll give it until closer to the end of the week before I complain to them, but things are complicated. We just found out that we are moving in less than two weeks! And having a baby 2 days after (c-section scheduled for 21st). Right now my to do lists are pages and pages long every day and I’m very pregnant right now so things are difficult. My pregnancies have all been very difficult.

So right now things are busy and I need to get myself going for the day.

Hats and Scarves

It is getting colder and colder outside. I’ve discovered that none of my hats and scarves look good with my new coat. So, I am in the process of making a neutral (aran color) scarf. I will be making up my own pattern for the hat as I have a vision in my mind of what I want it to look like, and I’ve seen no patterns that match my vision. I’ll post a picture of what I am working on in when I have a few more inches done. As many of us do, I wish I had more time to knit! At my current rate, this scarf won’t be done until January or worse yet later.

Ouch!

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Yesterday was the first opportunity that I have had to knit anything. I really missed it. I started this fisherman’s rib cowl (Escarpment Cowl) during my son’s nap. It feels good to be accomplishing something, especially since it is snowing outside. I will very soon be in need of this to keep my neck warm. I have yet to find a hat pattern that I like to go with it that isn’t too masculine looking. Any suggestions?

Fringe and Friends Knit Along

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I am participating in the #fringeandfriendsknitalong substituting the Amanda cardigan with the Must Have Cardigan by Patons. Apparently it is not always available for free, so if you think you might ever want to knit it up, I suggest getting it while it is still free.

I cancelled my order for the book containing the Amanda cardigan, for two reasons: 1) the book will take several weeks to arrive, and 2) I don’t see myself knitting anything else in the book. So, I asked myself why I was bothering to get it, I cannot acceptably reason getting it for just one pattern.

As you likely noticed there is no yarn in my picture above. Why is that? It is because the yarn that I ordered has still not arrived, in fact the company I ordered from only just sent out the yarn yesterday! It will be another week, maybe more, before I get it. I eagerly await its arrival.

Cardigan Season

It must be fall, because it is cardigan season over here. All I seem to be able to think of is knitting cardigans. In fact, I have one started and three waiting to be started, as soon,  as the yarn arrives. It may not seem to some like an overly ambitious venture, as I know many who can crank out one within a week. However, I am not one of them. I would love to be. I want to be. Unfortunately I cannot be for many readons which would just bore you to read me rambling on about how incredibly busy I am.

My first cardigan project this cardigan season is http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/iced

I’m using some of my stash yarn for this one. I don’t ordinarily have a stash at all, but I had bought this yarn to knit a blanket only to discover that I didn’t buy nearly enough. I’ve been slowly eating away at the stash in hat projects, but I am tired of grey hats now. So I am using it to make a cardigan. I will be modifying the design to make it longer and will be adding a garter stitch hem for 1-2 inches to prevent rolling edges.

although I would love to update this daily, I know that this is not a realistic goal for me right now. I will do my utmost to update at least once a week. Enjoy your week!