i was meant to go to knitters guild group meeting yesterday but i have been really tired this week and a bit stressed lately (no, really?!) and i decided sometimes, you can have too much of a good thing. so i opted for a weekend entirely at home, preferably not talking to anyone. since last weekend i have been around people almost non stop, with my sister visiting. we had a lot of fun, including an afternoon on the beach
and a road trip for lunch and donuts
before the rain came back. now that its sunny again, i think i just needed some serious battery re-charging. and also to get through a lot of washing. oh the washing.
i did step out briefly yesterday to my local fresh produce market
and then this morning to take princess possum for a walk,
but then i retired to the couch where i played around with some madeline tosh ‘merino light’.
lucky i swatched and washed it
just so i could see how much it would run!
as well as grow.
not a lot on the growth. 26 stitches to 4inches before blocking, 24 after. which is gauge, thanks very much.
but wasnt i already knitting a cotton cardigan? didnt i start atelier some time ago and still havent finished? why would i start something else, i hear you ask (although probably only a non-knitter would ask that). and didnt i have A List?
yes i did, and still do. but lists, unless you are god talking to moses, are not written in stone. the purpose of this list was not because i am disciplined or a control freak. i am, sadly, far from either. the purpose of the list was really to match my favourite yarns with my favourite projects in the hope that i would get some of them knitted. i have added only two things to the list, one is an unexpected purchase (more on that later) and the other should have been on there from the start, which was a pair of boy socks.
what this year so far is telling me is that i am not under any obligation to knit from this list in order, nor to stick to something if i dont like it. the whole principle of my approach to knitting this year is to knit only what i really want to wear with yarn i really want to use. so even though atelier (in MT pashmina) and amiga (in rowan calmer) are both cardigans i want in yarn i love, the reality of my time this year is that im not going to get both of them done BEFORE i can start the one i really want.
the one i really want was a rather elusive pattern for the madelinetosh merino light in ‘ink’ thats been burning a hole in my stash cupboard. i just hadnt felt right about any of my pattern choices so far, slow line, austin hoodie… neither of them quite what was i after.
then the new knitty came out. im not a big fan of knitty these days. its a wonderful idea but i think its jumped the shark in terms of patterns. and if i see one more small triangle shawl im going to scream. however, it had this cardigan pattern in it – flaming june. it was pretty much exactly what i was looking for, a slightly open texture, a pattern that had interest but wasnt fussy, a bit of flare, a bit of fit, not a tent. so i have now cast on
i want to wear this this winter, so i am just going to stick to this, and the afore mentioned shawl i am working on, for a while. that shawl is line break in dream-in-colour smooshy (cashmere) in ‘bronzed lake’ colourway. i was tempted by this because someone was buying some and i had only bought one skein last time i was in the US and had gifted it. i wanted some for myself. and i wanted something blue. so i started it last week and promptly made a mistake (can you spot it?)
i am no longer satisfied with ‘good enough’ in my knitting, so i ripped it
and now its up to here.
isnt it lovely? i’m also noticing a shift in my colour preferences for this year. last year was all about the red and black. this year im into blue and grey. i think they are both good versatile colours, and i should wear more blue anyway with my eyes, so im lucky there’s a lot of blue and grey in The List!
the only thing that will stray from that is the ‘tarty pea’ socks if i ever finish them, and the ‘whitbys’ i need to make for a june birthday present.
maybe i better go cast them on now!