The elf hat requested by a friend is now completed. I love how the texture turned out. The random but complementary stripes reminded me of the Mindless Knitting, TV Watching, Scrap User-Upper Afghan blanket project from MaggieLoux on Ravelry I have admired for years. Since my scrap pile would not amount to a blanket I am thinking I might try pillow covers with the same technique. Knitting stripes in the round with multiple yarn types and sizes forced me to embrace imperfection. Even with efforts to prevent the jog at the join the stripes came out a bit lopsided, but I think the overlapping textures soften that imperfection to be less noticeable.
I just started a lace baby blanket called Mountain Chickadee which I find very beautiful. I’m only a few repeats in and I would recommend this pattern to anyone who wants a beginner lace pattern, or someone like me who loves the instant gratification of fast projects. I’ve been knitting while watching Happy Valley on Netflix, which is my newest favourite. The synergy of a good knitting project and good TV creates something greater than it’s parts and I’ve been lost in a positive feedback loop all weekend.
My blog posts have mostly been updates on completed projects and the occasional pattern-matcher post, but I’d like to add a weekly work-in-progress post to the repetoir. I decided a few weeks ago to make that commitment but due to Vancouver weather taking a picture with natural light was impossible. So much rain! The sun sets at about 6:00 pm this time of the year, so by the time I am home from work it already looks like zero dark thirty.
This week I am working on a hat a friend requested an embarissingly long time ago. I’m working from this pattern but I added 20 stitches to the cast-on count to hopefully create the loose brim she wants. I will be adding some length and switching the pompom for an optional tassle. I find chosing the stripe colours to be immensely satisfying. The only down side to stripe knitting is the constant weaving in of ends (so many ends!). My main stripe colour was a gorgeous tweed I used for berets a few years ago, but when I ran out I used a colour matched acrylic.
I am also in the midst of sewing a few curtains (which if you remember from a few years ago, sewing is a bit of a challenge for me). I think I have three sets of curtains to hem and three to create. Just writing that made me think of taking up smoking again. Or maybe I should drink. Let the powers that be send me patience and sewing machine understanding.
Another side project I am working on is trying to come up with enough art to fill our basement suite. We have a closet of frames and mismatched prints that I will be organizing, but I am also going to DIY some art as well. I bought doweling for some wall hanging ideas which I am very excited about, and I also had an idea to try some striping on a canvas. I primed the canvas when we painted our laundry room a couple weeks ago, and my plan is to keep adding varied stripes of colour in matte and glossy paints until it’s visually interesting.
WIP Book: Just finished The Half-Life: A Novel by Jonathan Raymond, and started The Heaven of Mercury by Brad Watson. I was drawn to The Heaven of Mercury as it’s categorized as Southern Gothic, and so many of my favourite books are.
Striped hat, striped canvas, striped fabric for curtains, and a new striped candle. What’s up with me and stripes?