Nope, not another hiatus, though to read this blog you’d think I was off on another already 🙂
I had this great vision of kicking off Sock It To Me Thursday last week, as well as kicking off this week with a post about the exciting beginning of making my own tops but
A) People are either disregarding the calendar and are on holiday mode – or we all made resolutions to spend more time with friends.
B) I’ve been struggling with my favorite aunt being in a bad way right now. Like, she has 7 months left kind of bad.She’s far away and we sort of lost touch a while back and it sucks in on an epic level. I don’t even know what to say, and even if I did, I don’t think she’d want me to say it – we’re kind of Vulcan that way, so I’m not saying a thing. Instead I’m knitting her a scarf/shawl thing like the one above (I have three patterns I’m debating about but this is the general idea) and sending her a bit of life that way. It’s a bit new agey but as I work on it I plan to think of all my fond memories of her and especially of how cold she was when she visited in 2008 – despite all my warnings 🙂 When I send it, I’ll simply say that it’s for when she visits next time and hopefully she’ll get what I mean. It’s better that “Don’t you DARE die,” the poor woman is dealing with enough as it is.
So there’s been a lot of knitting, just not a lot of knit blog and zero knitting on the projects I’ve planned to start the year with. Not to worry, I have a sock pattern and Sock Thursdays will happen soon but until I get this scarf most of the way done, everything else is pretty much on hold.
Yes even the granny squares though for a while they were the only thing helping me keep it together after finding out about my aunt. It was an unplanned thing but the thought of working one something short that I could knit on auto really helped, so I started crocheting up the greens of my stash into various sized granny squares to make into a throw pillow for the couch. This is where I left off.
That kind of went on hold as well when I decided to make the scarf. As I mentioned I have three patterns I’m thinking about, each with has different levels of lace going on. Now as those who read my first ever attempt with lace know, lace and I are not buddies. But I want some thing pretty, something as elegant as the grand dame my aunt is, so I’m giving it a go. I’ve tried out one of the patterns and so far so good, I just need some yarn.
Part of the reason I tested out this pattern was to see if any of the worsted I have was the right kind of yarn. Surprise: nope. The pattern does call for worsted weight but Knitpicks worsted is a lot like the DK you get everywhere else. I’m wondering if going up a needle size would help with heavier yarn so that I can just stick with that? I like how the dark green knits, but I like the lighter color but since I don’t have enough of either, it’s time to get to a yarn shop – to exclusively buy for this project and no more. (I’m writing that out to remind me of my “no stash” goal.) The other patterns call for fingering weight yarn and thus far that seems pretty consistent everywhere so that would be a safe bet except that I’m not sure about them.
Not that both aren’t gorgeous (those edges!) but the only con for both is that I’ve never knit with a chart and they’re a tricky to read. I do want to learn to work with charts but I do have to get this done soon. Daphne, the pattern on the left, is feeling really good right now, but I’d like a wider scarf so that’s something to consider too.
So how’re y’all doing these in these first few weeks of 2016?