My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.

 

Archives for January 2022

Trust Your Instincts

Or rather, I should trust my instincts.

In early December I started knitting the Sandstone Peak cardigan that I showed in my last post. From the start, I was underwhelmed by the project. I cast it aside a week or so after starting it to knit 5 clocks and a cowl, hat, and handwarmers set. I don’t like to let WIPs languish so I returned to it and almost finished it. Still not really liking it. Well guess what? Upon trying it on, I like it even less, so I bundled it up in its unfinished state (it just needs the front bands knit) and shoved it in a closet. The fit is horrible, and the sleeves are way too tight for a cardigan I would wear over something else. So I’m chalking this up as a reminder to listen to my inner voice when something doesn’t seem right.

Anyway.

I cast on for a new long-tern project.

Gansey Goodness!

This is the Seaforth Gansey, from Alice Starmore’s book In the Hebrides (long out of print). In keeping with the discontinued vibe, I am using British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey wool. This is a relatively easy knit, the pattern made up of knits and purls and easily memorized.

In other news, I have some sewing projects on the horizon. I’ve got some precious vintage (well actually antique) fabric I plan to use, but first I am going to make something for practice since it has been as long time since I’ve done any serious sewing. While Loki was fast asleep in the bedroom closet, I got ready to cut out my project. But clearly the rustle of the tissue paper was too much for my boy.

The siren song of the tissue paper!

I am pleased to report, however, that with a minimum of encouragement Loki was persuaded to sit on a chair and watch as I cut out my pattern pieces instead of helping!

Such a good kitty!

So I plan to start sewing tomorrow!

Goodbye to 2021

Happy New Year! 2021 was a weird one, and very memorable for me, for both bad and good reasons. In February my father died, and in September I did something I had no idea I was going to do at the beginning of the year: I retired. For the first time since I was 16 years old, I do not have a job. I have zero regrets about that, but I do have a bit of survivor’s guilt!

Since last I posted, I did finish another clock, this one knit from Koigu KPPPM fingering weight wool:

Then I pulled out a Virtual Yarns kit from my stash room, and knit the Maude set. The cowl:

The hat:

And fingerless mitts:

I’ve got a sweater project that I’ve been workin on, off and on:

Sandstone Peak Cardigan

And Loki is of course helping.

I have a fun idea for some projects for 2022 . . . that are not knit! Stay tuned!