A cure for the blues
This summer has found me in a funk more often than I would have liked – I blame the weather, which had us drowning in April showers up through the first week of July. Summer’s here now, and there’s a lot of enjoying to catch up on.
For one, I’ve finally broken through the knitting blues that I was submerged in. I attribute it to a couple of started and abandoned projects, a baby blanket in colors I picked out online and wasn’t thrilled about when they arrived, and another “obligation” project that I’d promised a friend. Those out of the way, I’m free to flex my creative skills and work on the new and exciting.
The first of these projects was the Art Nouveau Cowl, which I just finished yesterday afternoon, finished photos soon forthcoming. It was a treat to work with such nice yarn, even though threading the beads was a literal pain in the fingers. I hope it gets good use this winter – and if not, it’s an excellent gift for a deserving…friend? mother? cousin? Who knows.
Then, we went to WEBS. It wasn’t the life-altering experiece I thought it might be (I should set my sights on Rhinebeck for that), but it was a fabulous shop, with good prices and a nice discount tier. We picked up 7 skeins of Cascade 220 for a sweater for Jonathan, which I started designing this past weekend. Yes, ladies, that’s right, I’m making my boyfriend a sweater without having procured an engagement ring first. I’ll let you know how it turns out!
Although I’ve done a small swatch for that sweater already, I still need to reswatch with the right color and the right needles. First, I should probably wind up all that yarn mechanically; although, I have been enjoying hand-winding as of late. First, though, I’ve cast on for a new project for myself for this weather – a “Tantric Puzzle Top” (ravelry link) which sounds pretty sultry, you have to admit. It’s a one-piece sleeveless top that wraps up something like a ballet sweater, and has a lot of flexibility in the design, so I’m making it out of light green linen with a lace leaf motif. It should be fabulous. The green linen, incidentally, was from a yoga mat bag I finished up last year around this time. A pretty bag, but not a good design (swatch your netting before you make the whole bag! It might stretch in an unpleasant way!). I kept the elaborate cabled strap, top piece with a fancy knot and psychadelic striped bottom, and will consider what to do with it later. Maybe another yoga bag (the dimensions are right) or maybe something else…think think think…
Today I walked to campus instead of biking, and I was kicking myself for not having brought sock yarn to knit with…and as I head to meet a friend for coffee, I’ll be sure to have the linen ready to go. And on that note, away I go!
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