YOP 2019 #2

Hello my dears, she huffed and puffed as she hurried in late as usual. Yes, it’s been one of those weeks again *sigh*. And guess what – I still haven’t got a photo of my finished pair of vanillas. I do have a photo of the pair I’m currently working on:

It’s Opal sock yarn from my mom’s stash. She had one of Opal’s subscription packs for a while – you get six balls of sock yarn four times a year, if I remember correctly, and among them are experimental colourways that never make it into the shops. This one’s definitely one of the subscription packs but I really couldn’t say if this colourway was ever available for sale or not. Anyhow, I think it looks so much better knitted up than in the ball. Plus I really need some more pairs of socks, and who cares what colour they are when they are inside my boots? I could have finished the pair by now but I decided to keep them as my carry-on project.

Then there’s my Surf and Turf Stole. I’m almost through the first repeat of section B and was a bit torn. But see for yourselves:

I love the pattern but all of a sudden, I’m not so sure about the way the colours play out. It seems like a rather harsh colour change … Then again, I can picture the lovely little brook starting at its spring, happily meandering along, going underground for a while and coming back out a little worse, or rather, muddier for wear. I think I’ll just let that little brook float on for now until it gets to see its first sunrise (aka until I reach the pink that’s already visible in the ball), and decide then and there if I like it or not. As for the pattern, I had to tink two rows because I had misread the pattern – so if you think about knitting it yourselves, do read carefully. Tinking two rows is not that bad, though, but I’m definitely going to pay more attention in the future.

As for reading, well, I’m currently reading three books at a time, one is a cosy that I might well finish some time this week, and the other two are health-related. I collapsed again in December, just before the holidays, and spent a night in hospital. Check-ups showed no signs of anything out of the ordinary. There is absolutely not even the slightest hint for any disease or difficulty – and still, I keep collapsing and get migraines. My doctor tells me it’s stress-related, and that I should see a shrink, and there may well be some truth in it – and still, I feel I owe it to myself to find out if there is anything else I can do.

To end this on a positive note: I have a ton of new crafty ideas, and the neccessary materials for many of them. I’m not going to add all of them to my AYOP list just yet because I know some of my ideas will not make it beyond the „wouldn’t it be nice“ stage but at least I’m back to having all kinds of crafty ideas and plans, and am ready to get creative again. And that, my dears, is one of the greatest gifts I can imagine.

14 comments to YOP 2019 #2

  • Before starting to read I thought to myself that the Opal yarn was interesting in the skein, but Wow – it’s gorgeous knitted up. As a mostly crocheter I’ve had to learn the hard way that variegated yarns must be made for knitting.

    While I love the concept of self-striping yarn, I totally understand the uncertainties on often has when working with it. I gave up on a project earlier this week being done with one self-striping yarn, but then had (more or less) success with a different project made with a different self-striping yarn. FWIW, I think your Surf N‘ Turf stole is amazing. I appreciate your uncertainty at the moment, but I imagine that will come together as the yarn flows through the color changes more times. And looky there at that brighter blue following what you’re working now. I’m really curious how that will turn out.

    • Ella

      Thank you, Becki. I’ve made it all the way to the pink in the meantime, and I think it looks lovely. I’m definitely going to finish the stole.

  • Lucy Bowen

    The opal is really knitting up nicely. And the cowl is lovely, I agree with becki, when you have a bit more done the contrast will look less of .. a contrast! Hope you get to the bottom of the collapsing, that is never good.

  • Ruth McKeon

    That Opal yarn really is so much better knit up than in the ball isn’t it! The socks I’d love but if I saw that ball I don’t think the colours in it would tempt me, just goes to show. As for the Surf n Turf, I think the wise decision is to wait and see how you like the pink. I think the contrast is nice and think when the other colours come in it will all come together, but you have to like it.

    • Ella

      Thank you, Ruth. The stole has grown on me in the meantime, the pink really made all the difference, and I think it will look lovely once it’s done. The Opal yarn didn’t tempt me at all, I just took it because Mom wanted to get rid of it. Now I’m glad I did.

  • Liz Armstrong

    Sorry to hear about you collapsing, take it easy and there’s no harm in seeing a shrink, they helped a colleague of mine who collapsed a few times and the shrink helped her identify the cause, which for her was not feeling in control of her circumstances. She’s in such a happier place now. Lots of great self help books out there though. Eckart Tollie’s A New Earth has helped me enormously. I agree with the other ladies re the yarn and waiting until you get to the pink to see if that softens the tones.

    • Ella

      Thank you, Liz. I’ve been trying to get an appointment but alas, the waiting lists are longer than my entire person. Okay, I’m short at 4’11“ but that’s beside the point. 😉 I’ll have to wait and see, and meanwhile, I can work on the things I know are causing me stress, like the job situation. I guess that once I get some of those road blocks out of the way, things will get lots easier.

  • I agree with everyone else….the Opal yarn is wonderful knitted up. Who would have thought it would be so pretty. The surf n turf needs to hang in there until the pink is added. I think that will be the color that will give it the ‚wow‘ factor. Please take care of yourself. Collapsing is not good and neither are migraines. Hopefully you will find out the cause soon and will be able to take care of it.

    • Ella

      Thank you, Marsha. The pink really does wonders for the stole, it looks so much livelier now. I’m alreay working on establishing new routines that should help free up time and mind space for me, and take some of the worries off my shoulders. Some things just need time and patience, I guess.

  • You are so right about that sock yarn….they are great looking socks knitted up. I love the shawl and I’m not even a lace person but I like those colors. It is exactly „surf and turf“. Sorry to hear about your mystery illness…..I got sick years ago although I knew what it was but I started journaling and I have ever since. It brings things to the forefront that you may not have even realized were bothering you. I highly recommend it! So glad you have your crafting mojo back!

    • Ella

      Thank you, Sandra. I started journaling a while back and you’re right, it really helps bring things up, and helps me stay focused and develop solutions. I think I know some of the stress factors and am working on getting them out of my life but sometimes, it’s easier said than done, and unfortunately, I’m not exactly the most patient person on the planet. Unless it’s a complicated lace pattern, that is. 😉

  • Wow those socks are looking absolutely gorgeous! I need to get my hands on Opal yarn eventually. Once I start getting more used to knitting, haha.

    I hope you feel better soon! It might be worth getting a second opinion or two. Thankfully you have crafting to look forward to. 🙂

    • Ella

      Thank you, Edel. Opal yarn is really lovely, and high quality. My first pair made of Opal lasted for six or seven years, and I wore them ever so often.

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