I've been bitten by the knitting bug! It's been joyous to work on most of my projects. Let's get to what I'm working on and what I'm planning to work on!
Moving Right Along
I’m currently working on 3 garments. In order of excitement:
Pattern: Leaf Top by Melanie Reinert
Cast on: July 24, 2022
Yarn: Cascade Llamerino in 19
Needles: Chiagoo Metal US 4 (3.5mm) - 24” length
Project Type: Just Because
This was a struggle to get on the needles. The website is in German, so I had to use Google translate to get through checkout. The pattern is a bit odd. It’s row after row of written instructions but there is also a chart that I couldn’t figure out how to use. Once I decided on a paper strategy (cross off each row as you knit it), I realized you repeat whole sections several times. Squinting through crossed out print is special. LOL Oh, and there is only one and a half sizes… A S/M and a L. And I’m calling it a half size because it only has increases on the back piece. So, I am attempting to accommodate my narrow back by knitting the S/M as is, but adding repeats to the front panels to fit my bust to create a L that doesn't exist. 😬🤞🏿 Whew! It would be so much better if designers just made patterns for larger bodies.
All that said, though, I’m LOVING how the pattern is knitting up so much that I got to the shaping in one day… So, I can safely say I will be knitting more of these! I mean, I have to get my money’s worth and leverage the knowledge I have gained through this whole process!
Pattern: Promenade Blouse by Caidree
Size: 43 1/4”
Cast on: July 1, 2022
Yarn: Knit Picks Capretta in Turmeric; Drops Kid-Silk in Curry
Needles: Chiagoo Metals in US 8 (5mm) - 16” and 40” length
Project Type: Beyond the Comfort Zone
New Skill: Working with mohair
I haven’t knit on this as much as I would have wanted because cashmere and mohair on 90 degree, humid days is NOT it. But I have made a teensy bit of progress. I would like to have this finished by the end of next month so I can move on to another sweater :) I may move on anyway, but I do really love how this is turning out!
Pattern: Flutter Buttshorts by Jessie Maed
Size: 1X (but should end up at the large size)
Cast on: June 4, 2022
Yarn: Cascade Ultra Pima in Black
Needles: Chiagoo Metals in US 5 (3.75mm) - 32” length
Project Type: Beyond the Comfort Zone
New skill: Shorts
I gave myself until July 31st to finish these, and I’m gonna make it, damn it! Seriously, though, these are a slog and a half. It’s production knitting at its worst, but I’m feeling good about my chances to hit my self-imposed deadline. Hopefully they will make nice around-the-house shorts, cuz I can't really see wearing them outside. But maybe...
I'm still loving the idea of categorizing my knits, so onward!
Beyond the Comfort Zone
A focus on techniques I want to learn or styles that I don’t normally wear.
Pattern: Look At My Holes by James N Watts
Possible Yarn: Cascade Llamerino
A focus on plugging wardrobe holes.
Pattern: Helix Crop Top by Iris H
Possible Yarn: Plymouth Yarn Rockin’ Sox
Knitting things that I’m excited about for no reason other than they are pretty or I love my yarn choices.
Pattern: Curvette Shawl by Stephen West
Possible Yarn: Evergreen Fiber Works Cedar Sock; Malabrigo Silkpaca
Knitting is a social activity for me. Before moving back to Wisconsin, it had been years since I'd had a knitting group. I struggled to find people in Boston and New York, and my love of knitting gave way to sewing and quilting. I'm so very happy to have found a nice group again. This past weekend we had not one, but two(!) knitting picnics, the concept of which was lovingly dubbed "knitnic". We knit and knit and knit some more in beautiful Yahara Place Park Friday evening and Sunday afternoon accompanied by yummy foods and drinks. It was glorious and something I need to continue to do for the rest of my life, thank you very much! 🙏🏿
Burn out is real. I am incredibly privileged to work at a place that acknowledges people get sick and people need breaks. Last week I took off Thursday and Friday to recharge, and it was exactly what I needed to start this week fresh. We need more vacation in this country. More mental health days. A shorter work week. We all feel it, and we all should be able to unplug when we need to.
Is there anything more heavenly than a well timed, brisk gust of air?
I think not 🌬️🌬️🌬
Alright, that's all for now! Tune in August 1st for a rundown of everything I finished in July!