Of course, upon posting the shawls I immediately regretted my favour being heaped upon the first design. I snooped around Ravelry a bit more with a specific eye towards shetland patterning and lo and behold this pile of gems. I shall save the best for last.
Cat by Majken Hertz
Flukra by Gudrun Johnston
Edwina Shawl by Dee O’Keefe
Loren by Gudrun Johnston
And here is what I think has won my heart! I shall revisit that proclamation in the morning . . . but just look at it
Being a knitter, I have set upon the idea of knitting a shawl for the wedding. The issue is there are so many lovely choices. In only a slightly particular order (Midnight Sun is the current favourite choice of both myself and the fella right now). Take a gander and understand why I’m so torn!
On the trip out to Nova Scotia some weeks ago for the wedding of two lovely friends I did manage to get a little bit of yarn shopping in. While my travelling companions decided to slip off to a record store I tracked down The Loop. If you’re ever in Halifax you should stop in. It is charming and friendly and full of the most delightful yarns.
Initially I had been drawn towards some lovely sock yarns by a Canadian dyer, who’s name eludes me right now. On my second pass around the store I noticed a tidy little table with what I think might have been a tiered cookie display full of some natural coloured wool. As much as I love the vibrant colours of dye part of me is always drawn towards un-dyed fibres. So peak about I did and I spied, very quickly, some lovely lace-weight. Not just one or two skeins, but six! Six!!
“What luck!” I thought.
Promptly followed by ”You are being absurd. You’re not actually thinking what you think you’re thinking, are you?”
What with being there for a wedding and all I had, alarmingly, got to thinking about what I would like to do should I ever take a foray down the aisle with the fella. This was an absurd thought because I was quite content to live in sin with the man until I was old and grey. The topic of marriage wasn’t on the table and so it seemed a foolish thing to think about.
So of course, when I was then faced with these six perfect skeins of a creamy Icelandic lace-weight what else could I do? Be rational and make the choice to hoard another skein of adorable sock yarn? No no no, not this gal. I put that charming skein of blueberry toned sock yarn back on it’s happy little shelf, picked up all six skeins of that lace-weight, and walked right on over to the till with enough yarn to knit a shawl for my non-existent wedding day. Not my most rational moment.
Jump ahead two months down the road and I’m still not thinking about getting married. The fella though, he has other plans. I fell for the ol’ engagement ring in the empty oatmeal bowl trick.
So now, now I can assure you I am thinking long and hard about wedding shawls.
Why is it that when left to my own devices – the fella is out of town for a while – I find myself with an overwhelming urge to be as productive as possible. Today was my day off and, as such, was dictated by a long to do list with a timeline of sorts. Worry not, there was nary an ounce of housekeeping on the list.
The break down was actually 2 hours yoga, 2 hours knitting, 1 hour banjo, 1 hour writing, 1 hour running, eat all the pears. The running got scrapped when I remembered I left my gear at work. I made quick work of the pears. I’ve finished up 1 yoga hour, most of a banjo hour, and at least two knitting hours. There have been podcasts listened to, songs sung along to, and the only things left are pre-bed yoga and that writing that I never seem to get around to.
As a pear related aside, can anyone explain to me why they spoil so fast? Pear spoilage is an ongoing issue for me.
In the midst of all this productivity I was struck by an urge to leave the apartment. Which is odd for me, given that I was sitting in the hammock on the patio knitting some Harvest Dew socks that I found in a bag. Why would anyone want to leave a hammock for any reason? For knitting treats, of course!
After the most recent move I realized I was a mere 3 minutes away from Ewe Knit and thought that snooping about would be a great reason to put on grown up clothes and get outside for a walk. It’s as charming a store as I had imagined. The yarn selection was pretty rad, by my standards. Lots of nice solid colours, lovely laces, cascades and lornas and madtoshs and sweet georgias and indigodragonflys. Oh friends, let me tell you it took a lot of will power to only walk out with that one pretty pink and brown and cream skein.
There is also an amazing magazine store across the street. I peak out at it every morning and I finally made the trip to see what it was like. The two sections I have weakness for are the knit section, unsurprisingly, and the literature section. I picked up the latest Interweave and may plan on knitting all of the As the Crow Flies and Drop Me Here sections. Those sweaters have me furiously brainstorming what I have in the stash that might be useful. I also grabbed a copy of Open Letter which is focusing on surrealism in Canada for this issue. I anticipate it being prime subway reading.
This lady is putting some sincere thought into buying one of these chairs. I am also putting some less serious thought into taking up woodworking as a hobby. Likely more practical to just acquire a nice rocking chair and keep knitting though.
EPISODE 1: Join Matt Kinman as he visits with Mark Newberry, a 5th generation chair maker on Jennings Creek, near Red Boiling Springs, TN. You can see more about Mark and his family’s chairs at their website: http://www.newberryandsonschairs.com
EPISODE 2: Join Matt Kinman as he and Mark Newberry continue the process of building a crooked back common chair. From milling the lumber to weaving the hickory seat. You can see more about Mark and his family’s chairs at their website: http://www.newberryandsonschairs.com/
Unrelated to chairs, that puppy is just breaking my heart!
Toronto has been a balmy 35+ as of late (often feeling closer to +45 according to the weather network). Clearly, the only reasonable thing to do would be to put aside the socks – the small manageable project – in favour of starting a sweater. The idea of wearing a sweater right now fills me with a certain kind of panic, I can barely handle the air touching me without falling in to a pit of despair. But I remember what it was like when I moved out here and having another sweater to keep me cozy when the temperatures head south is always a good idea.
The sweater pattern in question is this little number – Herlig herresweater (that’s Glorious Men’s Sweater in English, mayhaps named for the looker modelling said sweater, hmmmm?) from Familie Journal. Admittedly, the pattern is in Danish but that shouldn’t deter you. It’s not so tricky to use Google Translate. Side benefit, you’ll be well on your way to understanding much more complicated Danish patterns! The stitch pattern is easy to commit to memory and, to be honest, it’s just a top down raglan sweater – the easiest of sweaters.
There are no pictures as of yet. My camera battery just said “nope, I don’t want to work right now” so I have to wait until that’s charged up. There really isn’t much to see right now anyway. Sadly I did not consider the fact that knitting a sweater would take a long time when done in fingering weight so there are only a few inches of the yoke. But it’s a lovely few inches and once that battery is charged up I’ll share a picture or two.
Now I’m off to melt onto the floor next to the saddest cat in the world.
So World Wide Knit In Public Day is a thing. A much bigger thing that I had realized. And it’s not really a day so much as it is a whole week. I haven’t spotted any out and about in the past two days, but the week is young!
Admittedly, every day is world wide knit in public day for me. I have two hours of commuting for work every day and boy does that get dull without something to focus on. When I stopped to think about it 12 hours a week means quite a few pairs of socks by the time winter rolls around!
There is a decided lack of content to pass along. I recently started a new job which comes along with a more intense exercise schedule. It’s a running store job, I feel I would be doing every one a disservice if I did not keep a more regular run schedule while working there. One benefit to this is that I had what was probably the best run of my life on the way home last night. Which also means that this morning I was not at all into the idea of moving any of my muscles.
Now that things are settling down a little bit I’ve been picking up the projects that have been taking a back seat as of late. Currently I’m furiously knitting on my Crafter’s Bay Cardigan while catching up on podcasts and some classy tv. The run through is as follows; Jane Eyre via Craft Lit (a podcast which I am loving so much), Wuthering Heights via PBS (thank heavens for Masterpiece Theater), Persuasion via ITV, and Northanger Abbey via ITV. The last two were made for ITV’s Jane Austen season. In my opinion, the best kind of season!
I’m just really taking a lot of delight in knitting and getting a little too absorbed in all of these stories that I first loved as a wee child (I wasn’t terribly popular, but oh boy could I devour books!). I’m hoping to have a finished cardigan to show off by next week. It’s been a long wait and I’ll be very pleased to finally have this charming sweater to wear this spring.