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Too inspired to sleep

27 Jun

I’m going home tomorrow for a week. It’s a 3 hour bus ride and the perfect opportunity to start on a new project.

That’s why it’s 2 am and I’m sitting here, thinking what kind of socks I want to knit tomorrow on the bus.

I bought some yarn recently simply because it was cheap and a shade of green I like, thinking it would be ok for socks (it’s called Silky Tweed and it’s a blend of silk, merino wool, cotton and viscose). So that’s coming with me tomorrow.
I’m also bringing with me a sock yarn that’s been waiting for my attention for months now, one fingerless glove that needs a friend and too shawl patterns and yarns for them.

Those should keep me occupied for a week. I also have a dozen books I would like to read 😀 Yeah there’s no way I will have time for everything I want to do.

I’ve been watching Gilmore Girls again lately, and knitting projects seem to be for me what books are for Rory: I have to bring many because I can never know in advance what I’ll be in the mood for.

Anyway, I only got out of bed to quickly choose a sock pattern from my Raverly queue. Something that would fit the new yarn. Turns out it’s too heavy for all of those patterns, so now I’m leafing through my Knitter’s handbook, *designing* my own pattern. That’s the most logical answer to my problem of course.

Lately the weather’s been really nice and hot, but while I enjoy the sun and the warmth, I don’t enjoy not being able to fall asleep because of it. Well, it’s given me a lot of time to think. About knitting. Yeah. I have a few shawls on my mind. Plus I want to knit gloves for two people. I also have a a lot of yarn (I forget the name) that I think would make a great blanket if only I got around to it. And there’s this idea for a top I want to try out (a simple top with a pattern, which would shape the garment, running down the sides).  And every night right before I fall asleep I’m dead certain I’m not going to remember what I’ve planned the night before, and it worries me and I want to get up and write it down, but I always fall asleep before I can gather the strength 😀

Oh, here are a couple of quick pics of my finished bolero. Specs in the previous post.

Front of bolero

Front of bolero

It fits ok, even if it fits me a bit differently than other people’s similar boleros fit them.

Back

Back

I like the back especially.

I should really try to sleep now… I have to get up in five hours.

No, make that 4 hours and 30 minutes.

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Cables and bobbles and all the things I, apparently, love

22 Jun

Anyone up for two kinds of bobbles and two kinds of cabley patterns in one shrug? Sure, why not… This is a little strange coming from someone who likes their knitted garments pretty simple, but for some reason the picture in the magazine really sold this pattern to me. Sometimes that happens: I find myself knitting something I did not in a million years believe I would ever knit just because the picture in the magazine was that pretty. Or the model was anyway.

Even the colour I chose isn’t really me, but it is, no surprise here, the exact same colour as in the picture. This always happens to me if I shop from a catalogue: the top is sooo pretty on the model I have to have it, and never come to realise I’m not shaped like that model until I try the damn thing on. And lately this has been happening with knitted things as well.

Here’s the front piece until the whole thing is done.

Front piece

Front piece

Pattern: #39 Raglanpikkubolero by Minna Metsänen

Published in: Novita, summer issue 2009

Yarn: Tennessee by Novita

Well, anyway. It’s been real fun. At first I couldn’t understand what to do on the purl sides… The instructions were quite clear for the right side. After a day of wondering and asking several people for help on the Internet, I finally realised the same instructions applied for the purl side. Oops. I’ve never had trouble with similar instructions before, and I don’t know why I did now. The solution to my problem was so obvious, people didn’t even understand that I was asking about it and gave me all sorts of unrelated advice until I figured it out on myself.

I also did the increases on the back piece wrong simply because I didn’t understand what I had read (strange) *and* I managed to knit the two front pieces differently and had to rib some of the other one.

But yeah, five minutes ago I blocked the back and front pieces. I didn’t block the first sleeve I’ve knitted because I’m not sure I have enough yarn for the other one… Here’s hoping. The pattern comes in two varieties, one with long sleeves and the other with short ones. If I have to rib the sleeve I’ve knitted, I’m going to switch to the short sleeves even if it means showing off my flabby arms. 😀

The whole garment might end up too small anyway.. All in all it’s been really… interesting.

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