Cabled Cape

This weekend has turned out to be a bit more busy than anticipated. It’s tough to find a slow weekend right now! But, I did finish and block the cape I made out of Marja’s cabled yarn. I struggled with this one toward the end. First, it seemed very uneven over the shoulders, so I knit a little collar on it. Then, I blocked it, and it was no longer so uneven. So, I ripped back the collar. I then had live stitches I had to cast off. Despite using a larger needle, the cast off was too tight, so I ripped back again, and used a lace cast off. Thankfully, that did work.

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It turned out that the cabling of the two ply yarn really did make it a fabulous yarn, and I am quite pleased with the color and the subtlety of the yarn.

Recovering

Sadly, the past two days I’ve really still not felt well at all. I worked, because I had to, but my lungs are sincerely unhappy and I am exhausted. Bug went to her dad’s last evening, and I had a Friday night/Saturday morning combo to myself. I slept in, and then decided I’d do some plying on the wheel while drinking coffee on the porch. It’s been warm again recently, and since that’s not bound to last, it seemed important to soak it in.

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I plied the batt that Bug and her friend made. It’s a 2 ply laceweight, and I decided to work on it until it was done, I even skipped breakfast.

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I now have 195 yards of 2 ply laceweight, and the yarn is really fun. It’s a rusty color, with pops of silk in various bright colors. I think it will be quite interesting knit up.

And then? I went back to bed.

Baby Knitting

There are so many upcoming babies in my life! I am so excited to knit for all the new arrivals. I knit the baby sophisticate for my coworker’s upcoming baby. I wanted a bit of a change for my very dear cycling friend’s baby. I chose a similar style to baby sophisticate, but this one I could use worsted weight yarn, and it is double breasted.

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Still a tweedy yarn, but the slightly different style helped me stay inspired. I’ve got the collar and the sleeves yet to knit, if I work at it, perhaps I can have it done this weekend. I am eager to choose some fun colored buttons for this one.

OMG GORGEOUS!

Ever cast on a project where the yarn is so wonderful and stunning that your reaction is just that of the title? I am having that experience right now.

I cast on the very braidy cowl out of Marja’s handspun. This is a knit item that will be going back to her so she can give it as a gift. But, as I knit with it, I just can’t stop looking at the stunning colors in the yarn, and the bouncy yarn paired with a bouncy, full pattern. It is JUST GORGEOUS!

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I am not sure the picture even remotely does it justice.

The Land of the Living

Mr. Ink has always instructed me not to knit for him. But, apparently he likes the knit washcloths, as that was snatched up quite quickly, and clearly greatly appreciated. I greatly appreciated the appearance of pizza at my house on a day I was too sick to worry about cooking, so we’ll call that a win.

Last evening I was finally feeling a bit better, and spinning was accomplished. I finished the loop bump I’ve been working on for ages, so now, when I become inspired again, I can start on the companion bump.

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I also did some supported spindle spinning. I’ve been working on the batt that Bug created with her friend on the drum carder. I took it, made it better, and began spinning it into a quite thin yarn on my hipstrings spindles. There’s just a bit left now, and since I am in between loop bumps, I could even get this one plied before starting on the next bump. That would be the most logical choice anyhow.

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We had a few funny moments in our house during my sickness. Bug absolutely insisted she should be staying home if I was staying home. This got annoying quite quickly, and eventually I had to firmly tell her she needed to go to school, no more argument. I think that because she’s used to me staying home with her, it only seems natural that she would stay home with me. But, this argument is not one I want to have 3 or 4 times in the morning before she leaves for school when I am feeling seriously under the weather. After the school day was done, she came home and informed me that I’d need to stay home from work another day, as I did not sound like I was in any shape to go to work. I said “Well, are you going to give me a hard time about staying home tomorrow morning like you did this morning?” Her answer was a shrug.

The next morning, she decided she should have her temperature taken, just in case. When this did not yield the hoped for results, she then began to get very sweet. “Would you like me to get you more coffee Mommy? Could I offer you some orange juice Mommy?”  I am not sure if this was apologetic, or if she hoped that her sweetness would make it more likely that I’d allow her to stay home. However, I happily sent her off to school anyhow.

I’ve made it through the day rather productively today, a little foggy brained, but well dosed up on OTC cough meds, with my inhaler as a trusted sidekick. I’ll just try to get some extra rest again this evening, and hopefully kick this out of my system in no time.

All I Can Manage

This weekend we were supposed to go on a bike camping trip. As time went by, I became more and more nervous about going due to the loss of an entire weekend of work around the house. Mr. Ink and I discussed various options where we might still go, and came to the conclusion we would still go and camp, and I might bike one day, but in the end we needed more time at home. As the weekend approached, we continued to discuss the pros and cons of heading out there, until Thursday. By Thursday, I felt a bit under the weather, Mr. Ink sounded like he was catching something, and Miss Bug had been complaining about a stomach ache all week. I finally gave in, and said “That’s it. I am making the executive decision for this little family unit that we stay home and rest this weekend!”

I expected to be jealous once I saw the bike camping pictures posted, but that didn’t happen. I managed to get a bunch done around the house on Saturday, but felt even more off than I had all week.

And then on Saturday night, it hit me. Full on head cold, staying home to rest did not keep me from getting sick. Though staying home kept me from getting sick on a bike ride, and that’s a plus.

Yesterday, despite having a bunch of projects on the needles, I couldn’t manage anything but a very simple washcloth. I’d found my cotton yarns during a clean out project I’d worked on Saturday, and I’d kept one of them out for a washcloth.

I made it a bit larger than the pattern I was using called for, as I weighed the ball of yarn ahead of time, and then started the decreases once I’d knit just over half the ball of yarn. Worked out great, and Miss Bug quickly claimed the remaining yarn.

I am not sure what I’ll knit today. I’ve got huge upcoming projects at work, and so taking a sick day feels like a ridiculous luxury, but I cant walk up and down the steps without huffing and puffing, I am a walking snot and germ factory,  and I know my coworkers would be angry to be exposed to this right now. So, home it is, the rest I’ll figure out shortly.

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Update: Got sidetracked due to having no power all morning, the update is, no knitting has been done at all due to just not feeling well. Maybe tomorrow will be better! I’ve still got a washcloth out of the deal.

Scarf Weather

Today is scarf weather. Yesterday too. I’ve been enjoying dragging out the scarves and wearing them, especially since I’ve got new ones completed over the summer that I haven’t had a chance to wear yet. Tonight we head to an outdoor concert, which will be very long, and it will be in the low 50s all evening. I plan to wear handknits in order to stay warm.

I haven’t had much in the way of blog pictures, mostly because I am working on all the same things, and all they’d be is progress pictures. The one thing I’ve made reasonable progress on is the Heartwood Cape out of Marja’s handspun cabled yarn. It is looking amazing, and I am still loving the pattern and yarn combination. I’ve got about 14 inches in, and it asks me to knit to 20 inches. However, I suspect I’ll knit even farther than that, since it’s just such a lovely bit of business. I am tall, I can handle the extra length. Here’s another progress shot:

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