Sunday, January 22, 2017
I have been steadily working on four projects this week. I am happy to report that I am keeping up on the eight rows a day on my Scottish Hap and finished row 340 last night. I WILL be done before the end of the month. I have learned to cable without a cable needle so that is making the rows go much faster.
Mostly this week I have been working on my double-knit hat. It is slow going, but at least now I can read my knitting and don't have to look at the chart and the instructions every time I come to a direction to increase or decrease or cable.
I think it will be a bit too big for me, but I am going to find a decorative button to put on the brim to cinch it up a bit. I was worried I wouldn't have enough yarn to finish this, but now I am certain it will all be well. This is definitely a pattern where you have to 'trust the pattern' and 'follow the instructions' and since the pattern comes from a Craftsy class I bought a few years ago, I had to re-watch some of the instructions to remember that good piece of advice!
I also have Alisdair Post-Quinn's book EXTREME DOUBLE KNITTING, and so for the first few rounds of the pattern I had to have it handy as a reference. Both his Craftsy class, and his book are fantastic if you are into double-knitting. He takes it to a whole new level.
I love this colour combination. The teal is some possum yarn from New Zealand that my son gave me a few Christmases ago, and the Cinnamon is an Ancient Arts dk yarn. Ancient Arts is one of my very favourite yarn companies. And they are Canadian to boot!
My third peace cowl is at repeat number nine AND i just found a little bit more of the leftover DROPS alpaca I am making it out of so I think it will be a good size once all the yarn is used up.
Lastly I am on the last lace repeat of my Nurmilintu. I am just knitting until the homespun is used up, and then it needs a good washing to soften it up and to get rid of some of the lanolin, and of course a vigourous blocking. It is harsh wool to knit with, but I have a sweater made from the same wool and washing softened it considerably. On the plus side working with this wool by hands are sooooooo soft!
So that is my week - despite having the flu for two days of it!
I am off to my writer's group now. I had an epiphany the other day. If I was a serious writer I would wake up every morning and want to write. I would want to finish this editing my novel and get it published. Right?
However, I am a serious knitter. I wake up wanting to knit, and when I am out and about doing errands or visiting I often think about how I will knit as soon as I get home. I think 'I should go for a swim, because when I get home I CAN KNIT." Or maybe I am a serial knitter?
Serious knitter. At about eight or so hours a day - I would say so!
I would love to hear in the comments things you are passionate about that take up lots of your time and still you wish there were more hours in the day.