I read Agent Crochet’s post on how she has different crochet projects not only for when she is outside of the house, but also different projects for different parts of the house. And then I realised, I too have “assigned” projects to different circumstances. Here’s my current “pipeline”:
Hygge for evenings on my living room couch – colourful and cozy, requires a certain amount of attention and stability, and it goes well with watching the news or British crime series 😉
Haapsalu shawl for when I am travelling by land – is light and fits into a purse. As I am still working on the central part, which has a fairly basic pattern, I can knit and be sociable at the same time!
And for flights and long layovers – granny squares! I am using a bamboo hook, so no-one freaks out at the security control. There is absolutely no system to the colours, so it does not matter which ball of yarn I pull out of the bag next. And it really helps pass all the hours I spend travelling.
I’ll be absolutely honest, there are a few other works-in-progress here and there, but they are on hold for now… I guess until I find a time and place to assign for them too 🙂
To me this shawl has always been like an unreachable Holy Grail… I am not even sure what exactly has been so scary… Maybe it is because the delicate lace seemed so unreal, there was no way I could have been able to create something so fairy-tale-like. Or because of the relatively strict rules that make a piece of knitting a real Haapsalu Shawl. Or maybe it was just the general level of my unawareness – I just had no clue where should I start from.
Last month I had a chance to attend a two-day workshop by Ivika Viljasaar, a well-known Estonian Haapsalu Shawl enthusiast. I really enjoyed her way of “teaching” – there were handouts to be read, and formulas to be used, shawl samples to ooh! at, and enough coffee to fuel the whole process. And throughout the whole weekend she kept reassuring that it is really not scary at all!
Of course, wanting to do it all right (and, let’s be honest, a bit of shopping), the following Monday I equipped myself with suitable needles, yarn and some instructional materials.
As you can see from my swatch I have decided to start off with a simpler pattern, without any nupps. I estimate I am about half way through knitting the centre section part, and so far it does not seem too impossible. However, let’s see how I feel about it when I start calculating the stitches for the lace edging 😉
I am not happy with my knitting tension these days at all. The past week I spent three nights knitting up a Wurm hat, and ended up with a sloppy pile of who-knows what. It looked so bad, that felt I needed to frog it immediately. It is a pity, really, as I think the pattern is so lovely and simple, and the double edging is very practical!
I also finished the Friendship Day socks, and I am torn about what to do with them. The second start looked promising – I used smaller needles for the ribbing, I modified the pattern to be easier to knit, I turned the pattern so the switch between the rows would be “hidden” on the inside of the leg. And, managed to achieve a much tighter knit that I usually do!
But then, when I felt the end was close, I got too excited, and lost control over the tension again. What’s worse, due to that, one of the socks ended up about 5 mm bigger. But I am so not inspired to frog them again!
I think I need to go for a few “test drives” before I make up my mind…
I don’t know why, but travelling between the Americas and Europe has always given me a massive jet lag. It usually takes me at least a week to adjust, and that on both directions! Travelling between Europe and Asia however is usually a child’s play.
But as it appears, jet lag isn’t all that bad. When you’re wide awake at 4am what do you do? Of course you won’t do house chores, as this would make way too much noise. Of course you won’t do any work, because it is 4am! So, you sit in the silence of your living room, catch up on blogs and knit! All those hours of uninterrupted knitting time! Why haven’t I thought of it before?
Of course, from a certain point of time it is also wiser to put down the knitting and at least pretend to sleep. Because otherwise the next morning 4am you’ll see me in the silence of my living room with a lot of uninterrupted frogging going on.
Just kidding. I do actually have a bit more than that by now. But I did come to the point where I frogged both of them into little balls of yarn. I just could not continue convincing myself I was happy with the quality of my work.
When I started knitting those socks, I completely shrugged off the well-known truth that multi-yarn knitting has a tendency to pull and be too tight. I have always been a rather loose knitter, so I thought that it will never become an issue for me. Besides, for the first time I was knitting with the inside out – a method advised to avoid pulling.
Let’s just say that I achieved loose knitting and pulling at the same time. For most of the time I convinced myself that it is ok for the socks to be a bit 3d (:P)and besides, it is more about the process anyway.
And then I passed the heels. And all of the sudden my tension went tighter. And it looked so much better. And I just could not lie to myself any more. So, I pulled the socks apart.
If only I had thought of how annoying it is to frog three yarns at the same time too! 😀
The KAL started end of January, and a little chunck of the pattern is published every morning. I quite enjoy working like that, although you never know if the pattern of the day will be 10 rows of struggle or 3 rows of zen-knitting 😀 I’ve fallen behind the schedule a bit as I have been travelling, but technically the socks (Knee-high socks? Stockings? What would you call them in English?!) should be ready by St. Valentines day, which around here is still more a Friendship Day.
Who am I knitting the socks for? For my closest and best-est friend: myself, of course! 😀
Another item done! Let’s be honest, I cheated a bit. I found them in my yarn stash, all knitted and stitched together. All that was left to do was to wash them, weave in the ends and add the tulip buttons. And voila! I had a little addition to the gift of the baby blanket.
Both the blanket and the booties went to their new home yesterday, and as expected the parents-to-be were impressed. Partially it is because they really appreciate handmade things, and I am very grateful for that. But partially it is also because whenever you make something tiny, it is bound to leave an emotion.
I did forget to take photos of the blanket, so I need to pay them another visit and check out how it fits into their nursery.