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.April knits.


It’s time for a bit of an update on my knitting projects. I usually have more than one project on my needles at any given time, as I’m the sort who gets easily bored. I also need different types of knitting for different occasions or moods. My work as a fitness instructor means I now and then have to be over-social and overly happy around the customers; at times that leaves me very drained when I get home. Luckily my husband understands this and lets me just be on my own. On those occasions I want to knit something complicated so that I can really focus all my energy on it. I just want to sit down, start to knit and put all my attention in that one thing, close the world outside me, forget about everything else. I find knitting as some kind of meditation for me.

Other times I want something more straightforward and simple to knit so I can watch TV or maybe even study at the same time. I have really hard time sitting still or concentrating if my hands are idle, and I’ve found my inner peace with knitting. That’s another reason for having more than one alternative for knitting to choose from.

Pine Bough Cowl
At the moment my “attention”-knitting project has been the Pine Bough Cowl, even though it’s not too hard to knit simultaneously with TV time, but it’s not too boring to just knit either. I also started a new sweater during the Easter holidays. It’s still an unnamed project and I’m making it up as I go. I’m knitting it in a round so it’s mostly just Stockinette stitch which is good as I’ve knitted a fair bit of it while studying for an exam. My other sweater project is Dessine-moi Un Mouton, which I only just started yesterday so I don't really have enough material to show you here, but you can have a preview of my colour scheme, by looking at the first photo of this post.

The unnamed sweater.
The sleeves for the unnamed sweater.
I’m trying to get done with the Pine Bough Cowl as quickly as I can because the days are getting warmer and I have many more summery projects on my mind. I tend to knit more lacy scarfs and socks during the summer time, and I have already bought the yarn for some, so I’m anxious to get started… The Pine Bough Cowl is quite thick and warm plus my chosen colors are quite dark, so I won’t probably get to use it before next fall. But I would still like to finish it now as I have hard time picking up and finishing projects that I have left on hold. I’m now a few rows short of being half way done with it and it’s already starting to feel heavy and too warm on my lap. I’m sure I will love it come the cold weathers again, but at the moment it’s starting to feel a bit too much.

This will become a blanket. Someday.
I have two more projects I’m knitting at the moment. The other I’m calling the Dusk Blanket, because the colors remind me of those of sunset. This is one of those “forever”-projects; let’s see when I will get it all done. I’m almost halfway done though. I usually knit it while watching a movie with Magnus as he gets irritated when I hit the pause too often to check my instructions. The blanket is such an easy knit that I don’t have to concentrate it more than remember to change the color every now and then. I find it liberating to knit without restrictions or ready pattern instructions (at least every now and then). I like making up my own rules, picking the colours I enjoy and just feeling the project, changing the initial idea on the go… I know this won’t work with all the projects so I’m enjoying it extra much with this blanket :) The last one of my projects is also going to be a blanket, but I’ve written more about it here.

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