All my good intentions about updating my blog more often went down the drain when I caught the flu that has been circulating around here. There was a time when a slight fever and a sore throat would have meant a Netflix marathon with loads of sofa time and hours and hours of knitting - BUT - motherhood doesn't ask if you are sick or not, it's a full time job no matter what. Things are looking up now though, since I'm feeling better already and baby Theo has finally got his first two teeth (yay!), so I'm hoping both of us are back to our normal happy selves soon!
I haven't finished any of my current WIPs but instead I've been casting on some new stuff. Every now and then I get this huge need to start a lot of stuff at once but not having the necessary concentration to work on any of them for more than a couple of hours. I've finished the second sleeve of my Breton sweater since last week and started the hem of the body. I haven't, however, gotten past the first couple of centimetres - small needles and sport weight yarn is not the combo you go for if you want things ready quickly. But I'm in no hurry. I haven't touched the Florin triangle shawl this week. I needed the needles for the Truss cardigan so the shawl has to wait until I'm past the armholes and don't need the longer circular needle any more.
I've been knitting the Truss cardigan the most this past week and as I wrote, I'm almost done up to the armhole shapings. I've really liked knitting this one! And the yarn is one of my favourites: the Drops Cotton Merino, which is at the same time smooth and stretchy, combining the best qualities of the both fibres in my opinion. I've used it a lot and it's perfect for sweater making especially if you want good stitch definition.
I had some slight misfortune with my Simple Lines scarf! I had dropped a stitch at some unknown point and only noticed it a lot later. The damage was already done and there was no saving it, (believe me, I tried) so I had no other choice but to rip almost 20 cm of it and start again with the right stitch count... I hate it when it happens! But I don't see a point of making something that is flawed from the very beginning since it most likely will be left unused so all the work put into it is futile. (If the mistake is somewhere that it can't be seen, I don't usually mind.) BTW: If you want to watch something so engaging that you don't even notice a dropped stitch, check out the How to get away with murder series, I'm so hooked!
I've been doing a swatch for the Xanadu Snowflake Cowl by Knitted Bliss Julie. The pattern is so beautiful and I'm really excited to be knitting it. I had a hard time picking the perfect colour combination for it, but I finally chose burnt orange and oatmeal beige yarn by Holst garn. I always have a bit of a hard time deciding which needle to choose when the pattern calls for something-point-25 needles since we don't have those in Finland, we either have even mms or halves. I decided to go up a needle size to 3.5 mm because I thought it looked better than the swatch with 3.0 mm needles even though I didn't quite make the given gauge...
And if that's not enough I just had to join this mystery-KAL by a Finnish blogger Muita Ihania. The pattern is actually for woollen socks, but I didn't feel like knitting a pair at the moment so I'm just using the color work pattern and making a body for Theo instead. A new "stripe" of the chart is released every day and they are short enough to make sure that everyone has time to finish theirs before the new stripe is given. It's been quite fun so far! My first mystery-KAL ever, actually! The pattern for the socks is also in English.
Hope everyone of you is having a great week!