YoP #21 - #1
So this is 2021 ... and here I am, starting all anew with my monthly Year of Projects reviews, and a few F.O.s to kick it off.
Dusk is done
I don't know why but it took me ages to finish my vanilla raglan. The body and sleeves knit up so fast but for some reason, I just dreaded picking up the collar stitches and finishing it off. On 30th Dec, I gave myself a good talking to, and finally sat down the next day and finished the sweater. I decided on a very simple k2 p2 ribbing for the collar to match the cuffs, and guess what - it was done in an hour. There weren't that many ends to weave in because the yarn came in huge balls, and I have enough yarn left for a simple, basic shrug.
I didn't pay any attention to the yarn's colour play so I ended up with two different sleeves, but to be honest, I love it that way, just like I love socks that don't match. Speaking of which ...
Two more pairs of vanillas for me. The first pair with the purple stripes were done last year, the other pair is my first F.O. for 2021. And guess what - I found out that the sock yarn colour determines how fast I'll finish a sock. I absolutely love love love the colours of the second pair, and finished it within two days, while I wasn't so sure about the colours in the first pair, and they took three weeks to finish. I suppose I'll have to be pickier about the yarn I choose in the future - no more "the more the merrier"s and "it's okay, I guess"s for me. Which brings me to ...
What's a girl supposed to do in the face of a second lockdown? I can't just sit around with nothing to do all day, can I? (That's my story, and I'll stick to it - it's all Covid's fault. Or the politicians' fault. Or fate. Yes, let's just call it fate, shall we?) So, in detail, I've bought:
- Lana Grossa Meilenweit Merino hand-dyed in four colourways: Delhi, Samosa, Assam, Goa (left to right)
- Drops Baby Merino two sets in three colours each - one with a very soft rose, amethyst and dark grey and one with light grey, light blue and navy blue
I'm not sure what I'm going to do with the hand-dyed yarns. Technically speaking, they're 4ply sock yarns but I think they're just too nice to be used for socks. I'm thinking about adding two or three more colours to get some kind of fade or gradient, and make a sweater with them. I'll just give it some more thought and pet the skeins while I'm thinking it over.
The Drops Baby Merino ... what can I say? I officially declare this my future go-to yarn for all kinds of pullovers, sweaters, cardigans, shawls, wraps ... anything and everything, actually. It's such a beautiful yarn, it's soft, it's got lovely drape and just the right amount of bounce, and it has the loveliest stitch definition. It's knit with 3 mm needles so it's thin enough for summer tops and lace shawls but warm enough for sweaters, and it feels incredibly lovely on the skin. I ordered two sets for two sweaters, and while I don't follow the pattern, they will both be inspired by Pen-y-Ghent by Sarah Hatton. I saw the pattern in The Knitter Issue 158 and wanted to knit it but since I don't use the original yarn, and the yarn I'm using isn't even a DK, I'll just adapt the pattern to my taste and knit something similar. As you can see, I've already started, and the yarn is so much fun to knit with that I'm already close to the point where I'll part body and arms.
... and else ...
My mom gave me three quilting books that she doesn't want anymore. One is by Kaffe Fassett, no less. Plus I took the lovely old chairs that mom couldn't fit into her new flat. So now I'm all set to do some more patchworking and quilting and general sewing. I've got my Craftsy subscription at the ready, and a number of other online classes to learn all about pattern making, so I think I'll spend some time this year learning more about sewing and pattern making and sewing clothes. I hope to sell my bike in the spring, and it should sell for enough money to buy a new sewing machine. Come summer, I'd love to be out and about in new dresses that I made myself.
But for now: knitting. And, as usual, my updated lists:
Works in Progress:
- 30 Years Blanket - crochet
- Simple Rag Quilt - sewing
- Fox Paws - knitting
- Photo Wall - photography
- Terrazzo Afghan - crochet
- Pen-Y-Baby - knitting
- Vanillas - knitting - total: 1 pair
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