KNITTING UPDATE #43 | GETTING THINGS DONE IN SOLITUDE

This week was a good week. Like a total sociopath, I cancelled all social stuff and stayed at home every single day. And it was goooood. I know this is totally incomprehensible to many people out there, but this is the only way for me to recharge my batteries. And if you read ‘Solitude’ — which is not a great, but still an inspiring book by Michael Harris — you’ll know that it probably isn’t at all the most damaging way to do so. So yes, I’ve channeled my inner solitude and worked on Chain Twenty like a crazy woman. Here’s to more of these kind of weeks!

Wool and the Gang 101 spots

ALL I NEED HONESTLY: GORGY PORGY SPECKLED WATG COTTON, KNITTING NEEDLES, AND A CUP OF COFFEE

Frogged failures

San Agústin facecloth set

This week also got me tidying up my stash and projects. I had started a set of San Agústin facecloths that I intended to try some color work on, because I love how the color work of my Marpha sweater (see below) is turning out. However, knitting color work in the round is quite different from what I’m doing with Marpha… so that failed miserably. And then I decided to leave the facecloths for what they are now, because there are so many other projects I wanna knit! I frogged the yarn and stashed it together with my other — now neatly organized — yarns. Is there anyone out there interested in a blogpost about how I keep my stash organized?

Finished objects

None, oopsie. My hard work this week doesn’t show in a big number of FOs, but Marpha is very close, so don’t go anywhere!

Works in progress

Salobre blanket & pattern

You guys, this is like the blanket the never ends. Which I don’t and do like at the same time. Don’t because I don’t like projects lingering for too long, and do because it’s just such a joy to work on. I’ve got the last shipment of yarn coming in this week, so I’ll hopefully — finally — have enough to finish the whole thing. It’s gonna be so pretty and luxurious! I decided to name it after the park where we live, Salobre, which is also very pretty and luxurious (and huge).

Salobre blanket Chain Twenty

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

El Tablero headband pattern

Woot! I worked hard on this pattern and it’s aaalllmost done now. Not to toot my own horn or anything, but I think it looks stunning, haha! This week I’ll send it to a selection of testers (that I still have to select) and then I think it’ll be ready for the shop update of November 20th.

El Tablero headband Chain Twenty

PATTERN: EL TABLERO HEADBAND BY CHAIN TWENTY (FORTHCOMING)
READY-TO-SHIP EL TABLERO HEADBANDS AVAILABLE IN THE SHOP

Marpha sweater

I had a lot of quiet-and-alone-at-home-time, so Marpha, with its five-balls-of-yarn-attached-at-the-same-time-color-work-pattern received a lot of love. All the parts are finished now, so next up is seaming the front and back panel together and knitting the collar. Who else loves knitting collars? I find it so satisfying. 🙂 I left both sleeves on spare needles and may end up making them a bit longer. Here’s to hoping I have this coziness finished by next week!

YARN: WE ARE KNITTERS THE PETITE WOOL // COLORS: SPOTTED GREY, NUDE, PEACH
NEEDLES: WE ARE KNITTERS BEECHWOOD STRAIGHTS // SIZE: 8 MM
PATTERN: MARPHA SWEATER BY WE ARE KNITTERS

Spaghetti Strap top

This is the temporarily re-named “Classic vest”, which you might recall as a pattern by Jess (@knitspleaseuk). We’re gonna collaborate on this pattern in the sense that I’ll be taking her pattern as reference material for an adjusted in-the-round version. Including the spaghetti straps of course, because those are fun. I did most of the maths yesterday and now I’m just knitting / designing on the go. Stay tuned, because I think this is gonna be cooool.

knitting in the round

YARN: DROPS COTTON LIGHT UNI // COLOR: JEANS BLUE (#26)
NEEDLES: LANA GROSSA VARIO MESSING CIRCULARS // SIZE: 4 MM
PATTERN: REDESIGNED VERSION OF THE CLASSIC VEST BY JESS JOHNSON (KNITS PLEASE)

Future projects

Norderney jumper

I know I said last week that I was going to remove this pattern from the “future projects” list, but ever since I dismissed it, I’m kinda itching to cast it on? Oh well, isn’t that just how your brain fucks with you? Anyway, I’ll leave it in then, because I also already kinda put aside a project bag for it…

YARN: DROPS KARISMA MIX // COLOR: DARK BROWN (#056)
PATTERN: NORDERNEY BY ISABELL KRAEMER

Pappus pullover

This pattern isn’t really my thing, because thin yarn at a loose gauge… hmm. But I was totally intrigued by one of the versions on the pattern page (below right) and now I’m sure I need this pullover in my life. Also, this is a very nice opportunity to knit up my Drops Baby Merino, which has been in my stash for way too long now. I want it gone! Ha.

LEFT PHOTO: PATTERN SAMPLE BY MIDORI HIROSE // RIGHT PHOTO: JULIA‘S VERSION
YARN: DROPS BABY MERINO UNI // COLOR: LIGHT OLD PINK (#26)
PATTERN: PAPPUS PULLOVER BY MIDORI HIROSE

Guernsey wrap

I had to order more yarn for the Salobre blanket and needed to add something extra to get free shipping. (Oh, the ways we find reasons to enable ourselves, right?) So I went through my Ravelry favorites to see if I could buy something specifically for a pattern I wanna knit. Way to go, Merel! Don’t buy random yarn! I ended up buying some lovely (I hope) merino wool for this scarf pattern, which I’ll show you next week.

PHOTO: BROOKLYN TWEED
YARN: KATIA BASIC MERINO // COLOR: BEIGE (#09)
PATTERN: GUERNSEY WRAP BY JARED FLOOD

Acquisitions

None for now, too many next week. Knit all the things!

Statistics

No change since last week, so I’m still 4 balls of yarn behind schedule. Gotta finish some projects before my new yarn comes in, aaahh.

Planning

I’m planning to continue writing more blogposts-other-then-knitting-updates, because you guys seem to love that as much as I do. Thanks so much for the love and your visits over here! In case you missed it, I published a post fully dedicated to my Mae sweater. Other than that, it’s gonna be about plowing away on that Salobre blanket, finishing Marpha and sending the El Tablero headband pattern out to testers. Also, I’m contemplating organizing a giveaway for one of my hand dyed skeins of yarn? Who would love to win that!? Anyway, happy Monday to all of you!

2 thoughts on “KNITTING UPDATE #43 | GETTING THINGS DONE IN SOLITUDE

  1. Girl weeks like that are so refreshing, sometimes you just need a break to recharge. The marpha sweater look so complicated with all those colors, but you blew past it all and finished it so fast! Can’t wait to see it all put together and being worn, I’m sure it’ll be just as beautiful and oh so cozy.
    Free shipping is the perfect excuse to buy more yarn 😉 And the scarf you’ve picked out to make with it is gorgeous! Cannot wait to see you work on it. Also a giveaway to win one of your hand dyed skeins, count me in!

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