The first half of July I spent in Poitiers, a lovely French city. The old town has such a special atmosphere, somehow everything is vivid and peaceful at the same time. The architecture is just amazing, so many old buildings from so many different eras, and still, they are in harmony. I especially liked the medieval part and the City Hall. Oh, and the traditional macarons! And all other cookies I tried… I got the impression that they consume a lot of fish, more than other parts of France I visited. I’m a bit ashamed because of this, while there, I ate as much croissants as I could, but they are soooo delicious and you can get them only in France.
And of course I went yarn shopping! I found a lovely store close to the City Hall, called La Mercerie, full (their space is maximally used, trust me) of beautiful yarns. The saleswoman is a very nice lady, she patiently showed and explained me everything I wanted to know. They keep a box of mostly single skeins of discontinued yarns, and some other yarn that they have only one skein left, from which every skein is sold for 1 euro (good to know if you plan to visit Poitiers). That’s how I ended up with all this yarn (except the Debbie Bliss Rialto lace, that I payed the full price for):
Gedifra, Extra soft merino fino
Rowan, Purelife Revive
Gedifra, Highland Alpaca
Ornaghi Filati, Bamboo
Rowan, Summer Tweed
Some of the yarn is already used up, for others I have plans. About my recent project and my new way to destash I’ll write the next time.
PS: The pattern of the cotton jersey maxi dress is finally downloadable, look between the free stuff.
Long time no see. I have no good excuse, except maybe the spring laziness. I really don’t know what was I doing all that time.
Currently I’m working on a cardigan that I named Cablemania. Because knitting related all I could think of was cables and more cables, I had to cast on something with cables. Therefore I designed Cablemania. I’m knitting with 100% wool DK in light grey, the yarn that I bought from St George a few months ago. Tina VW is a pleasure to work with and I will certainly buy more of this yarn in the future.
First I imagined a seamless cardi, but after sketching that version, changed my mind and opted for a little work with the tapestry needle instead. Since I liked the top down construction so much when I knitted my Edith vest, I’m using it again. It has so many advantages.
To prevent laying this cardi around unfinished (read sleeveless) for a long time as it already happened / happening with other projects, this time I started with the sleeves. For the very same reason the next thing I knitted was the belt.
The sleeves are knitted with dpns for two reasons; not having to saw it saves time and a few meters of yarn (every knitter knows how important that can be) and it was a great opportunity to buy 4 mm dpns. I like dpns better than working with two cable needles or with the magic loop when knitting in round.
In the past two weeks my stash became just a little bit bigger. First my fiancé gave me this yarn and a bottle of delicious dessert wine for Valentines day:
I was so touched when I imagined him going to the yarn shop and trying to figure out what would I like. He chose one of my favorite colors and a yarn that I was planning to try. Thank you M!
Since a while I would like to learn double knitting and I thought that a colorful headband would be a good start. I knew that St George has color changing yarns (Catania) and solid colors (Tango) in the same weight, so I went to their store. I imagined how nice would a beige / sand colored solid look next to color changing (possibly bluish) yarn. But in the shop I saw this little skein with every possible color in it. I thought that even if it’s wilder than the one I originally wanted, it still can be “cooled down” with the beige solid. Just to be sure, I asked the lady that works at the shop what she thinks of mixing Catania with Tango. “I don’t know, let’s see how it looks next to each other” and before I could ask for a beige she took the one that was the closest to her. It was pink, a color that would never occur to me to pick for this project. I was amazed how good those skeins looked next to each other.
So I decided to risk it. It might turn out great or it might be a disaster. Either way I have nothing to lose, if I don’t like something knitted up I can always frog it.
The good thing about having more than one wip is that at one point you will have a shower of FOs. Last week I finally finished my badly needed Chilly Podsters. I started to wear them immediately and I’m very satisfied with these gloves/mitts. It was easy to knit, also fast, I like how they look, and most importantly they keep my hands warm even on minus. They even got a compliment in the bus from a nice stranger.
I have made two changes in the pattern. Somehow I managed to misunderstand the instructions and did the increase for the thumb on the inner side of the glove. Since the “damage” was already done when I realized that my glove doesn’t looks like the one on the photo in the pattern, and since it’s not relevant because the end result is the same, I just decided not to rip back and made the other glove the same way:
The other change is the Podster thumb. I was simply too lazy to do it as the pattern indicated, instead bind off 9 sts in one row and cast on the same number of sts in the next:
It’s not as pretty as Glenna’s but it works for me.
As I sat down to read the other day I noticed that my lower back isn’t well protected of the cold. That indicates two things, first I should pay more attention to my posture (bad posture uncovers the lower back) and second I need a garment that keeps my back warm. Then I realized that I don’t have vests (except the one that is lace, but that one won’t solve my problem) and that tying sweaters / pullovers around my waist isn’t the right thing to do (I do that a lot, especially when studying because after an hour or two I unknowingly bend over and uncover my lower back). I have no idea why haven’t I knitted a vest before, it’s just as fun as knitting a sweater but without the boring sleeve-knitting. The question is, with so many things on my needles do I need one more wip? I’m afraid it’s too late to pose that question, since I already managed to buy the yarn…
I wasn’t planning to buy a yarn like this, I imagined a bulky blueish yarn but when I saw how enormously big this skein is and that fusia color, I couldn’t resist. And the fact the buying yarn is the only knitting related thing I had time to do this week wasn’t helping me to resist. There’s something irresistible in huge skeins:
I’m thinking about doing a provisional cast on at the waistline and knitting first the upper part, than making the rest and possibly using up all the yarn. Maybe I will insert short rows to make the back longer than the front.
I barely have done any knitting this week, worked a bit on the second Chilly podster but realized that I’m making two left mitts and have to rip back several rounds. At that point I could only take a deep breath and put it away to be fixed later. I’m normally patient, but this week was just too hectic and I decided to believe that this was a sign to concentrate more on my studies instead of knitting (even through I prefer knitting).
Yesterday we took a walk and somehow, without any logical reason, I entered the LYS. “Just to take a look” -I said to my fiance. I’m on a stash diet and trying to save money. I came out half hour later with 3 skeins of sock yarn.
People don’t buy yarn – not even sock yarn – accidentally. People don’t spend money if they are trying to save it. I managed to broke 2 of the promises I made to myself at the same time. And the worst thing is I do not regret it! Yes, I’m guilty as charged, but I’m human and little guilty pleasures like this spice up our life. I may be weak but I’m happy. What are your little guilty pleasures that makes you happy?
These 2 are going to warm my feet this winter:
And this is going to be a pair of mitts:
Probably I will knit those socks and mitts in September, since it’s going to be a busy month I need to chose not too challenging projects.
I have made a very little progress on my Citron because my exams starts next week:
I’m close to the end of the 6th section and will start the ruffled edging soon.