KNITTING UPDATE #36 | SUFFERING FROM CAST-ON PARALYSIS

Nooo, you’re not gonna believe this, coming from someone who lives in a sunny 25-30 degrees Celsius every single day, but I’ve been hit by the flu. Oh yes. The universe works in mysterious ways. Anyway, week 36 hasn’t been as productive as I wanted to. I got quite some knitting done, because being ill and knitting usually go very well together. Adminny stuff… hmm, not so much. And since this morning, I’m also suffering from a severe form of cast-on paralysis. Help needed, please read on! 😉

cast-on paralysis

MY GROWING STACK OF COZY HANDKNIT SWEATERS // FROM TOP TO BOTTOM: THE LONG ISLAND SWEATER BY DROPS, THE COCO SAILOR SWEATER BY WOOL AND THE GANG, THE MAE SWEATER BY ANDREA MOWRY

Finished objects

San Agústin facecloth #10, #11, #12

Starting with the good news: I finished the three San Agústin facecloths I still needed to make for the shop update on September 20th. Together with number #9, they will be listed in sets, and I’m considering the idea of putting together sets of the eight pinstriped facecloths already listed. That way, I can sell them for a higher price, which reduces shipping costs (relatively). And let’s be honest, who’s gonna buy just one facecloth anyway? We’ll see! Make sure to sign up for my newsletter if you wanna receive a notification about the shop update!

San Agústin facecloths Chain Twenty

YARN: DROPS PARIS // COLORS: BLACK (#15), LIGHT GREY (#23)
NEEDLES: LANA GROSSA LALA BERLIN CIRCULARS,  LANA GROSSA VARIO MESSING CIRCULARS // SIZE: 3 MM, 4 MM
PATTERN: SAN AGÚSTIN FACECLOTH BY CHAIN TWENTY (FORTHCOMING SEPTEMBER 20TH)

Works in progress

Zigzag blanket

All the skeins of Cashsilk I had are knitted up in this blanket now. I added some 15 centimeters to it compared to last week, but as much as I wanna knit further on this, I have to put it away for now. Not for long though, because some really awesome and too-kind-for-this-world friends of ours, who are coming over next week, offered to bring me more yarn. They’re traveling with handluggage only, and they still reserve some space for my yarn. I love it!

cast-on paralysis

YARN: LANA GROSSA LINEA PURA CASHSILK // COLOR: WHITE (#07)
NEEDLES: LANA GROSSA VARIO MESSING CIRCULARS // SIZE: 7 MM
PATTERN: ZIGZAG BLANKET BY CHAIN TWENTY (IN THE WORKS)

One Stop crop top

Oh merde, this project is knitting up so prettily, but even though width and length are okay, I’m afraid the armholes are waaaay too small for me. Which is weird, because I don’t have the thickest of arms haha. And even if my arm will fit through, it won’t be the look I’m going for. So yeah. The only parts left to do are the ribbing of one of the armholes and the neckline, but now I don’t really know if I wanna continue just for the sake of finishing. At first I wanted to, to figure out the adjustments I need to make to make it work next time, but now I’m not so sure if I will be able to do that. And if I want to really. Maybe fitted garments aren’t really my jam yet. It’s just more difficult to make them fit to your own body type and make them look good. Hmm. Gotta think about what to do with this one.

Emily Manasc One Stop crop top

YARN: DROPS COTTON LIGHT UNI // COLOR: JEANS BLUE (#26)
PATTERN: ONE STOP CROP TOP BY EMILY MANASC
NEEDLES: LANA GROSSA LALA BERLIN CIRCULARS // SIZE: 3.5 MM

San Agústin facecloth pattern

Most of my testers got back to me with the most helpful comments in the world. So lovely ladies, if you’re reading this, thank you thank you thank you! I’m a horrible perfectionist, but since I’m new to this whole pattern writing thing, I knew I couldn’t make it perfect at once. My testers have been just as perfectionist as I hoped they would be, and came back to me with comments on both the important stuff, as well as on the tiniest details. With their help, I’m pretty sure I can make this pattern as near as perfect as it could ever be. Exciting! Keep your eyes peeled for the pattern release on September 20th!

Chain Twenty San Agústin facecloth pattern

ELISABETH ANNE DOING A WONDERFUL JOB TESTING MY PATTERN AND KNITTING UP AAALL THE FACECLOTHS

Classic vest

Yay, I finally casted on this gorgey variegated yarn. This is such a welcome change after knitting with solids for ages. Since Jess didn’t include her gauge in the pattern she wrote up for me, I just casted on exactly as prescribed and knitted the ribbed hemline. Not a good idea, Merel. I should’ve known better, because I pretty much always change needle size or stitch count when knitting patterns, so yeah. You’ll have seen this one coming: it turned out waaay too small. So I asked Jess for her gauge, and knitted another swatch with a smaller needle size in the meantime. Turns out I like the smaller needles much better with this yarn, and Jess got back to me with super detailed info. The swatch is blocking as we speak, and I’ve got some serious pattern alterations to calculate, but I’m confident I’ll get there! In the meantime, we can all just take a moment to admire how this yarn knits up. 🙂

cast-on paralysis

YARN: RICO BABY COTTON SOFT DK PRINT // NAVY BLUE MOULINÉ (#36)
NEEDLES: LANA GROSSA LALA BERLIN CIRCULARS, UGLY PLASTIC THEY-DO-THE-JOB STRAIGHTS // SIZES: 3.0 MM, 3.5 MM
PATTERN: CLASSIC VEST BY JESS JOHNSON (KNITS PLEASE)

Future projects

Lucy Star tank

You can tell luck hasn’t been on my side this week: Wool and the Gang’s Lucy Star tank kit in my favorite yarn evah still hasn’t arrived. It should have been here last week, so I’m really worried it is lost somewhere. Seriously, this never happens in The Netherlands, but in Spain, they manage to fuck up e-very-thanggg. I e-mailed Wool and the Gang for a tracking code (if they have one), so I hope that will bring good no-worries-I’m-on-my-way news. Anyway, keep you posted!

YARN: SHINY HAPPY COTTON // COLOR: OUT OF SPACE DYED – 101 SPOTS
PATTERN: LUCY STAR TANK BY WOOL AND THE GANG

Acquisitions

None! Yay me! Today is yarn ordering day though. The friends who are coming over asked me where to go yarn shopping for me and “what color I prefer”, haha so cute. So I just told them they don’t have to do anything, and that I’ll order it and have it shipped to their front door. 😉

Statistics

In: 0

Out: 3

  • 2x Drops Paris // black (#15)
  • 1x Drops Paris // light grey (#23)

In since week 26: 11

  • 5x Drops Cotton Light Uni
  • 2x Drops Paris
  • 4x Rico Baby Cotton Soft Print

Out since week 26: 23

  • 11x Drops Alaska
  • 2x Drops Big Merino
  • 10x Drops Paris

This week’s plans

First of all, I’ve got to schedule me some Ravelry time, because I don’t have any projects in my queue anymore! Except for WatG’s project that is, but I can only start on that if the kit arrives. All the knitting for the shop update is done, my blanket is on hold, my crop top is in contemplation-mode, and the classic vest needs some maths first. Luckily, I’ve got multiple ideas for some new designs, so I can at least start a couple of swatches to keep me going. Not having too much going on knitting-wise is probably a good thing though, because I have a lot of work to do on the San Agústin facecloth pattern, which is the last item to finish before the 20th. Soooo yeah, that’s it I suppose, let’s get back to work now! Happy Makers’ Monday!

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