My current work in progress:

Stornoway, designed by Alice Starmore from her book Fishermen’s Sweaters, knit in Frangipani 5-ply guernsey wool in the Aran colorway, on a 3.0mm needle.

HANA Completed

I finished my HANA pullover earlier this week. And I really like it!

This photo doesn’t really show it, but it is wide enough that I could invite a couple of friends in it with me.

I knit this from a cotton blend yarn, Nako Denim, that I had purchased from Webs earlier in the year. (I used stash yarn: SCORE!) I would have enjoyed the knitting more if I had knit it in wool, but knew it would be way too warm for me to ever wear if I did so.

Giant sweater!

I then immediately cast on a project with this:

MadelineTosh Pashmina in “The Feels” colorway.

This skein was a retirement gift from my now former co-worker Bob. Fun fact: I taught Bob to knit over ten years ago and MadTosh Pashmina is his favorite yarn. He has excellent taste!

I made this:

Hello. I am unblocked.

This is Melanie Berg’s Calligraphy Hat, a perfect pattern for this yarn.

And here is a preview of coming attractions:

I am a sleeve. Check out my tubular cast-on!

And Loki is enjoying being retired!

I am available for tummy rubs. Thank you.

HANA Progress

Thanks for all the nice congratulatory comments re: my retirement. It still feels like I’m just on leave, but it has been just a little over a week!

I’ve made some nice progress on my HANA pullover. I finished the back, and I’m on the last section of the front.

A somewhat awkward photo, hanging off my coffee table!

Once I have the front completed, I think I’ll join front and back and maybe do an i-cord around the neck opening. I am thinking I’ll pick up stitches and do a three-needle bind-off for the shoulder seams.

Then it will be onward to the sleeves!

Meanwhile, Loki has taken to retirement very nicely!

It’s about time we retired!


Mentally blows the dust off the blog.

So this past week was a week for big changes.

On Wednesday I went into the office for the first time since March 13, 2020!

The “Grab ‘n Go” meal has not been there for 18 months. I brought that with me.

Very surreal experience!

The point of this exercise was to clean out my office — I retired on September 30! I filled 5 trash bags with crap, left some stuff in colleagues offices, and mailed two priority mail boxes of stuff to myself. (No idea when I will actually open those boxes . . . )

Goodbye cubicle life!

So on Friday I woke up a lady of leisure. Such an odd feeling and it will take me a while to get used to it. But I am willing to give it a try. 😉

This little boy was so confused (and not too happy) that I left him to go into the office for two days.

Are we retired now, Momma?

I swear Loki is calmer and happier already. I know he feels my stress, and now there is no work stress. And no telling him I can’t play because I’m at work.

In knitting news, I’m working on the HANA Pullover, a design by Junko Okamoto. I totally blame Kay Gardiner for this as she was flaunting her HANA online. I am working on the first piece of mine:

I’m using a cotton blend yarn: Nako Denim. So far. so good!

Still Here!

I’m hoping at some point I’ll get back into the swing of regular blogging. I do have a major life change coming up this autumn (she said mysteriously) so perhaps that will prompt me to change my slovenly blogging ways.

For the past month-and-then-some I have been working on a traditional gansey: Alice Starmore’s Stornoway, from her book Fishermen’s Sweaters. I’m using Frangipani 5-ply Guernsey on 3mm needles.

As you can see, Loki is being a BIG help with this project. This older photo gives you a much better look at the pattern:

I am at the point where I will knit the shoulder straps before picking up stitches around the armhole and knitting sleeves. Well, I’ll probably knit the neckband before the sleeves.

This design is knit in the round until you get to the armholes. At that point you knit the front and back separately, flat. That has seemed to take forever. Knitting back and forth on one side while the rest of the sweater is hanging off the needles is a bit awkward. But soon I’ll be back working in the round!


So it looks as though I am blogging once a month at this point. I may yet get back in the habit of blogging regularly . . . we shall see. My hosting plan is up for renewal this month and I decided to renew for another year. So I can put off deciding whether or not to scrap the whole thing for another year.

So I finished this:

This is Emily (warning — Ravelry link) designed by Emily Greene. I knit mine in Harrisville Designs Daylight in the Caffeine colorway. This is a lovely lovely cormo blend yarn and I really enjoyed knitting with it.

Then I started this:

This is Stornoway, designed by Alice Starmore from her book Fishermen’s Sweaters. I’m using Frangipani 5-ply guernsey wool in the Aran colorway, on a 3.0mm needle. While it is a huger number of stitches around, it’s a fairly easy knit — the motifs are easily memorized.

Loki takes seriously his job of keeping my cone o’ yarn in place!