Since last I wrote, I have completed things and started new ones.
First we have the wee sweater and hat for That Boy’s best friend’s baby (soon to be born). You know how I love the BSJ, and this variation on an “umbilical cord” hat worked in fingering weight yarn goes well with it. Those are waiting to be given to the expectant daddy, I believe today.
Then we have “our” knitting. I finished the first of the Knot Socks, and I have the second on the needles. I have 1 full pattern repeat done on leg, but the tiny needles and yarn are killing my hands right now. I find I’m knitting these really tightly for some reason, and that’s making the achy hand worse. It’s really weird, you’d think with my constant fear that I’m going to snap one of the 2 mm Harmony DPNs that I’m using for these, I’d ease up my grip, but it’s not working out like that. So knitting on these continues at a slower rate. I can do about half a pattern repeat (so about 10 rounds) before my hands tell me it’s time to do something else.
The other night, that something else was playing with a swatch from Miss Babs (sent with my HiyaHiya interchangeables). I had forgotten about the tiny skein of yarn that was sent with the needles until I went looking for the Krydda pattern so I could start it. For some reason, I had tucked the skein into my 3-ring binder o’ printed patterns. Since it was DK weight, I grabbed US 4 (3.5 mm) needles and made a tiny swatch (it’s 10 yards of yarn, so very tiny swatch). The yarn is pretty amazing; it kind of reminds me of BMFA Socks that Rock in terms of roundness, smoothness, and bounce. In a solid or semi-solid, I could see a great textured stitch pattern sweater in this yarn. In this sort of colorway, you’d lose a pattern, but the colors are really nice, even though when I was knitting it up, it was later in the day, and I swore all the blues were actually green. I couldn’t see the actual color until the next morning when I took the picture.
And for what I did yesterday, I finally started Krydda. The Dream in Color Classy is, as you know, really delightful to knit with. Softy, smooth, bouncy, and the colors blend really nicely. I was a little concerned when I was swatching because I thought the swatch colors were kind of jarring, but over a larger stitch count, the different shades of blue and purple are blending much more subtly, which is especially important since there’s going to be lace incorporated once I get to that point in the pattern.
In other news, Christmas has come and gone with my usual amount of fanfare (that is to say, none), and I’m not officially doing anything with school until next week when my second term starts (there are rules about how late in a term you can add a class or take a test, and since That Boy is home, I’m not pushing myself too hard).
I can’t believe it’s almost 2015. Where did this year go?