Recently I have been not knitting that much, maybe 30 minutes a day, sometimes none at all. Life has gotten quite busy for me again, so unfortunately knitting has taken a quick break sometimes, even though I wish it didn’t. It is a great way to relax in the morning before going to work, doing chores that need to be done, or what not. Especially with a cup of coffee or two if I have the time, sometimes I just make the second cup at work. I have made some decent progress on the sweater I have been working on, which is the Sandy Neck Pullover. This pattern called for worsted weight, but I found a great color in a sport weight, so with some quick math I bought the yarn for my birthday. I have been making slow progress, but still progress on it. I am just about to reach the shoulders on the back. I forgot how long this would take me, if I had done worsted weight, it would have gone much faster and I would probably be almost done with the body. With that said I think that the change to a finer weight yarn was a good idea, since it does not get that cold here and it will be more wearable for me. The yarn I chose is Swans Island Washable Wool Collection Sport in the Dove color. It’s a nice grey white and still shows off the cabling quite nicely. Of course I have made some mistakes on the cables as I am usually not up to my normal brain power when I am waking up. I did a set of twists on the side cables the wrong direction, repeated the center pattern an extra set in a specific spot, and purled when I should have knit a few rows down. I made all of the corrections and it is looking nice.
Maybe I’ll have this done just in time for summer next year at this rate. Hopefully not, I really want to wear this in the next few months. Though I have a lot of different sweater quantities of yarn that are calling to me too. I saw a lot of it in the beginning of this week, I went through a lot of the stash, getting rid of scraps I no longer needed, and some stuff that I just couldn’t use and no one else could. But then a package arrived last week, I knew it was coming but I forgot what all of it was. I had my first bit of yarn amnesia, I knew it was yarn, just didn’t remember how much or what colors I ordered. I mean it did take about 3-4 weeks to arrive since it was being shipped from New Zealand, but I should have remembered. When I opened the package I started to remember what I ordered, 5 skeins of Stray Cat Yarns in a variety of colors. I remember wanting to get more self stripping sock yarn from them, but they were closed when I looked. So I signed up to know when they would be back and looked at other yarn but decided against it. Then I got the notification and purchased these beauties. The five colors I purchased were, Electric Avenue, Brass Tacks, Rescue Cat, Silver Star, and Aotearoa and they are even nicer in person.
My parents also just came back from a trip from Washington. They said it was a great trip, lots of beautiful scenery. They did visit an Alpaca farm and they both said they were cute, which we knitters knew that. But they decided to pick something up for me while they were there. The first was a nice skein of 2 ply handspun alpaca, which was spun by one of the owners. My mom was talking with her about me and my wheels, she asked her what I had but she didn’t know. But I also got a nice bit of blended alpaca roving. I might spin that up in the future and will weave something out of it. Not sure yet, but it is nice. In the mean time I need to finish what I am spinning on both wheels. The Lendrum is going away I think, I just don’t us it anymore. Time to get back to knitting and spinning.