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 😉
When it comes to international post, both of the countries I currently live at are considered the backwaters of the world. So, when ordering something, I try to keep my expectations under control. However, when everyone else started posting the photos of the Hygge kits they received on Facebook, I got a little bit excited every morning I went to work, and every evening I returned… Because maybe, just maybe it had arrived.
The post office system at my original home country also likes to keep things exciting. They don’t deliver packages to your door… they leave you a notification to go pick up your package at their shop. And the notification always states it is “an international letter weighing 100 grams”. So, you never really know what you are getting until you are at the post office.
Needless to say, the 100 grams of international letter consisted of a box of Hygge this time. And of course, despite of all the other unfinished projects, I had to open the kit and start on the swatch that very moment.
I must say, love the colours and the texture of Catona. To me it seems it makes a much better yarn for embroidery than knitting/crochet. And did I tell you that I love the colours?
The first ball of Stone Washed is a major disappointment though. It has a nice little “Easy Start” tag attached to the centre-pull end to make things easier. But when I pulled it, a huge mess came out: both the outside and inside ends were completely tangled with each other, and . Both of the ends were completely tangled inside the skein. In addition, one of the ends had several knots, so I had to cut off a bit.
So, my swatching proceeded in the following rhythm: crochet a row, untangle yarn for next row, crochet, untangle… But guess what, my swatch is ready!!! And it makes me all happy and optimistic, so I am really hoping that the next balls of Stonewashed will be better.