Yasss, week 30 was a week like all weeks should be: lots of knitting time, the boyfriend on his off-days, shopping and beach volleyball-ing, dinners out and about and new knitting supplies. Still, I didn’t get half the things done for Chain Twenty. Which reminds me — once again — that a handmade business is a lot of work. And in need of a lot more discipline than I showcase these days. I wanted to post more on Instagram. And write separate blogpost dedicated to my Long Island sweater and San Agústin facecloths. But it just didn’t happen. I diiid, however, almost finish my Mae tunic! And I updated my Pinterest, which also features this (oh, I love) My Wardrobe board. It’s far from complete yet, but now I can officially keep track of my capsule-wardrobe-in-the-making. ALSO, I re-organized my stash. Now that I’m writing this down, I’m actually kind of proud of everything I accomplished this week, ha!
LANA GROSSA LINEA PURA CASHSILK // COLOR: WHITE (#8)
Yep, it happened, I’m done with this thing (find more about its history in my previous knitting update). It taught me everything it needed to teach me, so it felt pointless to work on it any further. Now let’s turn it into a blanket design! I’ve got this gorgeous, super lightweight superwash cashmere / silk / viscose / polyamide blend in my stash (see picture above) that I had planned to use for a sweater. I haven’t found a specific pattern for it yet though, and because of its low weight, it might be perfect for a blanket instead! I don’t like it when chunky blankets stretch out so much because of their weight, sooo yeah. We’ll see. There are more important projects to start working on first. So don’t expect too much zigzaggy things in the near future.
YARN: DROPS BABY MERINO UNI // COLOR: OLD PINK (#27)
PATTERN: ADJUSTED VERSION OF THE BROKEN GARTER SCARF BY PURL SOHO
Twisted headband test knit #2
Like I planned, I finished a second test knit for the twisted headband I’m designing. It turned out a lot better than my first attempt, but it still needs changes and I have to think the maths through more carefully. So yes, a third test knit is needed. I also want to find a way to make it more “Chain Twenty”, like the San Agústin facecloths are with their pinstripes. Not sure how to do that though, and if that’s even possible this time. Anyhow, let’s finish the final design first.
YARN: DROPS BIG MERINO MIX // COLOR: ANTHRACITE (#03)
PATTERN: CHAIN TWENTY (TO BE CONTINUED)
Works in progress
I so thoroughly, insanely, truly enjoy working on this project that I dedicated a whole afternoon / early evening to it. The result is that it’s almost finished now! I’ve only got the short sleeves and the neckline to go. Okay, that’s actually quite a lot of work still (especially when I decide to make long sleeves after all), but the fact that I can put it on now makes me feel like it’s almost finished, haha. And gosh, I love those short rows, and the color changes I made, and the three-needle-bind-off-seems, and the fact that it hasn’t involved sewing so far (it doesn’t at all, if I’m correct). I can’t wait for the day that I start making gorgeous large projects like this for the shop.
YARN: DROPS ALASKA MIX // COLORS: DARK GREY (#05), LIGHT GREY (#03)
PATTERN: MAE BY ANDREA MOWRY
San Agústin facecloth test knit
Yesterday evening, while watching Game of Thrones (nooo, Reek!), I casted on another test knit for my San Agústin facecloth design. I want to get the pattern written up asap, but want to try another way of construction first. So far, it’s looking pretty good, so I’m looking forward to finishing and blocking it to see how it turns out.
YARN: DROPS PARIS // COLOR: WHITE (#16)
PATTERN: CHAIN TWENTY (SOON AVAILABLE ON ETSY)
SAN AGÚSTIN FACECLOTHS AVAILABLE ON ETSY
Twisted headband test knit #3
As I said, I need to sit my ass down, do the maths, knit up another example and goooooo make all the headbands for the shop update on August 20th (don’t pin me down on that one yet though, haha).
One Stop crop top
I still don’t have the right yarn for this, but I’m on a yarn diet, so this project will have to wait.
YARN: TO BE ORDERED
PATTERN: ONE STOP CROP TOP BY EMILY MANASC
Jess from Knits Please, who is one of the most awesome minimalist knitters out there, super kindly gifted me her Classic vest pattern after I fell in love with it. She hasn’t officially published it, but I think she will in the future (?). Anyhow, it’s not the most difficult of patterns, but it does involve i-cord straps, which is a technique high on my to-learn-list. I think I may be able to adjust the pattern a little to match it with the gauge of a white sparkly cotton I bought here on GC. Contrary to wool yarns, there are some 100% cotton yarns to be found on the island that are pretty good and really affordable too. I’d love to see how the one I got knits up.
YARN: SPARKLY COTTON BOUGHT IN GC // COLOR: WHITE
PATTERN: CLASSIC VEST BY JESS JOHNSON (KNITS PLEASE)
Since the yarn of the Zigzag Scarf and second Twisted headband will be reused, there’s not a single skein of yarn that can be listed as out of stash this week. I wanted to finish my Mae tunic completely, because that one has many skeins in it, but it just proved too much work. So, I’m still on a yarn diet, *wail*.
In since week #26: 0
Out since week #26: 5 // 5x Drops Paris
To compensate for the weeks of not-buying knitting related stuff, I did splurge a little on Chain Twenty supplies on Etsy. First, I ordered different sizes and shapes of stitch markers from Rebecca’s Room. Can you believe I only had one set of ugly, plastic stitch markers that I didn’t use because they are really cumbersome? Second, I got me a gorgeous custom logo stamp from Stamp It, which I’ll use to make business cards and/or tags. So curious to see it in real life! I hope to receive the orders next week, so I can show them to you!
LEFT: SIMPLY SOLID STITCH MARKERS // RIGHT: CUSTOM RUBBER STAMP
Next week, from Tuesday onwards, I’ll be in The Netherlands (for real this time). Shit just got real, because we are selling the apartment we still had in Utrecht. We lived there for six years, so it’s kinda sad, but I’ve got to clear it out and clean it up completely. I’ll probably be super busy packing / throwing out / selling everything that’s still there (which is a lot). And of course I want to meet with friends too. Therefore, I don’t expect to have a lot of knitting time. To be honest, I don’t even know what project to take, if any. The shop will be in vacation mode, because I won’t be able to send stuff out. Hopefully, I’ll be able to finish my Mae tunic before I go, so I can place a yarn order, have it send to my dad’s in The Netherlands and start working with that when I have time. We’ll see. I hate these interruptions of my routine, haha, who’s with me on that? Hope y’all will be having a more knitsy week!