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.
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.
Remember the Friendship Day Socks I am knitting? That’s their current state.
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! 😀
When was the last time I knit socks? My best guess is some time around 2013.
When was the last time I knit socks not starting from the toe? In 5th grade, possibly.
When was the last time I knit socks with 3 colours simultaneously? Only in my dreams.
To update all those answer’s I joined a KAL organised by Novita Knits. The pattern is by Niina Laitinen, a Finnish designer, and I am using the colour combo suggested by the KAL.
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! 😀
I ´went to visit the expecting couple again, and sneaked upstairs to their nursery room to get a few pics of the blanket in its natural habitat. The photo shows only a bit, but apparently I really hit a colour jackpot! Somehow, without having any idea what their nursery would look like, I had picked the colours that really fit! The only way the blanket had been more harmonious with the room, would have been if I had stitched some monkeys on top of it. Yes, they have little monkeys on the walls of their nursery room! 🙂
By the way, I also listed the blanket on Ravelry. I am still very new to this, so I am not really sure how it works, but I’ll figure it our along the way.
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.
The first finished project of 2017 is done! It is a bit wonky, but I am happy and proud! Even the colour scheme, that seemed loud and conflicting in the beginning, does not bother me that much any more. At first it was because me and that blanket went through so much together, that of course we bonded over that. Suffering does that to you 😀 But when I showed it to my other half, his first reaction was, “So beautiful!”, followed by, “Wait, is that the ugly blanket?! It is beautiful though!”
So, we’re calling it the Ugly Blanket. With a lot of love, of course. I also refer to it as the biggest swatch I have ever made. This CAL taught me a lot, and I will probably be making some more squares some time in the future. But until then, me and my Ugly Blanket will snuggle up on the sofa. And yes, you can see it right, I am knitting for a change.