Free At Last!

That’s my knitting bag. Empty.

I tell you, making a list of all the things that are weighing you down, then systematically forcing yourself to deal with each item can be very productive. In about a week I have gone from 8 works in progress down to 4!

  • Pattern: Spiderweb Capelet by Erin Weckerle from Stitch ‘n Bitch Nation
  • Yarn: Nashua Handknits Creative Focus Brushed Alpaca, about 1/2 skein
  • Needles: Size 15 US & a crochet hook
  • Mods: I did one extra repeat of the lace pattern before decreasing at the top.

My 2nd set of successful pom poms!

This was one of those patterns that took a fair amount of focus to work on. I’m used to knitting on much smaller needles; knitting with 15s felt like holding two broomsticks! I had to be careful not to drop them, or the stitches. I would highly recommend this pattern if you have some wispy laceweight or a fuzzy alpaca like this; it highlights the stitches beautifully and is feather light.

Before blocking:

I did a quick wet block on this by simply rinsing in out in my bathroom sink. Then I laid it out over a dry towel, folded the towel up and walked across it to absorb the excess water. My favorite blocking surface happens to be my yoga mat. It doesn’t absorb water, so it takes much less time for the items to dry.

I placed a pin about every 2 inches or so, being careful not to distort the stitches or the shape of the capelet.

This could be one of those whimsical knits that was fun to make but that I’ll never actually wear. But right now, as I fantasize about warmer weather, I imagine myself throwing it over a tank top to run out for the day…

Next time, more finished objects!

Raspberry Lemonade Liberation

Yesterday was a beautiful Spring day, the kind that inspired me to turn off the furnace, throw open all the windows, and bare my feet in flip flops. It also inspired me to make my favorite summertime drink: raspberry lemonade.

My recipe is simple:

  1. Put some ice in a tall glass.
  2. Pour as many frozen raspberries into the glass as you like.
  3. Top with Newman’s Own virgin lemonade.
  4. Stir and enjoy!

This tasty and colorful beverage in turn inspired me to do something with a couple of similarly colored projects on my knitting hit list.

Before

Before / After

This was the No Plastic, Please market bag that I started on the cruise in Rowan cotton. It was a little small, but I kept knitting. It is meant to be knit flat, then folded flat and seamed up the sides. Wouldn’t this be better knit in the round on larger needles? That’s the thought that caused me to stop knitting. So, I FROGGED IT, and it felt great!

This is the Spiderweb Capelet from Stitch ‘n Bitch Nation, another cruise project. The beautiful frothy yarn is brushed alpaca in a subdued raspberry color that I love. The pattern is fun, but takes a lot of concentration to keep the yarn under control. So I sat down with no television or other distractions and whipped out a few rows. And this felt good too!

I think some projects are doomed from the start and should just be put out of their misery before they drag you down with them. Others are difficult for a reason, and the challenge is what makes it a rewarding project to knit. Some projects are right for certain mind-frames, and need to be put away until you can focus on them. I think I had some of all of this in my hit list, and taking the time to address each one has been liberating. I’ve made good headway this week.

Thank you for all of your encouraging comments! It’s great to hear your ideas and suggestions, and I love hearing your feedback on my projects.