Blocking in the sun
In addition to working and playing in the garden, I’ve also been lounging around in the garden. In newly finished wool socks!
Okay, so I couldn’t leave these socks on my feet very long in the July heat, but it felt nice while it lasted! And aren’t the colors perfectly cheerful? That’s probably what led me to choose this yarn back in February when I started them. It’s always so nice to have something colorful on the needles in the dead of winter, don’t you think?
- Pattern: Thuja, Ravelled here
- Yarn: Reggia Design Line, Kaffe Fassett, color 04451, 2 balls with leftovers
- Needles: US 1, 2.25mm
- Mods: None.
It was nice having something like this as my go anywhere pattern. As I’ve mentioned before, I tend to self-impose limits or deadlines onto my knitting; not so with this pattern. The pattern was simple and easy to memorize, perfect for picking up and putting down. I knit a little bit here and there as time and toddlers allowed, not worrying about when they would be finished. So it took a few months, no big deal. In keeping with this low-pressure knitting, I have already cast on another pair of around town socks.
What’s your low-key, take anywhere knitting?
When I started this shawl last June, I never imagined all that would happen in the year it would take me to finish knitting it up. There was a big move cross-country, old friends to say goodbye to and new friends to meet, a baby who would learn how to crawl, walk, and talk…
The bulk of the knitting happened in the last month and a half or so, as I envisioned the gardens, barefoot babes, yarn festivals and backyard shenanigans of summer 2012. There are a lot of light, happy thoughts knit into this scarf, and I have already been enjoying wrapping myself up in them.
Despite the length of time this was on the needles, I had a great time knitting it. It took me a while to fall in love with the chart, yet once I spent some solid time getting to know it, the knitting flew by. Kirsten Kapur never ceases to amaze me with her designs, and I’m already thinking about knitting another of her shawls.
What can I say about the yarn that hasn’t already been said? Madelinetosh is known for its beautiful colorways and deliciously soft yarn. I knit my first Ishbel in the Lettuce colorway a while back, and was thrilled to get more on the needles. One drag I feel compelled to mention: there were 2 knots in the yarn that turned out to be ends. That made me hulk-angry mad. Okay, maybe not turning green and splitting my pants mad, but irritated enough to think about sending an email to Madelinetosh and Webs. I briefly thought about teaching myself how to do a Russian join, but in the end I just made doubly sure to weave in those extra 4 ends nice and securely.
With this shawl off the needles, I am in search of The Next Big Knit. Suggestions?