So instead of focusing on that, I will, instead, focus on knitting. Not only does summer holidays come to an end next week, but so does the Very Shannon annual summer sweater knitting KAL. I always enjoy Shannon's knit alongs. There's lots of chit chat in the thread on Ravelry, oodles of motivation and inspiration and it's just down right fun.
This year I was really eager for the KAL to start because I was planning on knitting Shannon's pattern Antrorse. I'd purchased my wool with my birthday money and was chomping at the bit to get going on it. I dove into knitting pretty much as soon as the KAL started, although I had some issues with getting gauge to start with - only because I was being really daft and kept going down needle sizes instead of up when I was knitting my swatch. I was getting desperate and thinking there was something really off on the pattern when I'd gone down to about a 4mm needle (using bulky yarn none the less) and still couldn't get gauge. I even posted about it in thread. And then felt really, really silly, when I suddenly realized what I was doing wrong about half an hour after posting. D'oh! There are days I should just put down the needles and back away slowly. Ha ha!
Anyways, once that issue was out of the way it was smooth sailing. I really love the Cascade Eco+ I'm using. It's so soft and cozy but feels light. Winding those gigantic skeins is a bit of a beast though. Turns out my ball winder outright refuses to wind the whole 478 yards, quitter that it is.
|Really? That's as far as you'll go??? Slacker!|
|Deck knitting Antrorse and drinking a wine cooler |
(non-alcoholic of course, because alcohol and knitting don't mix!)
After all that crazy push though to try and get it done, not only did I not finish in time for girls' night out, I ended up with really sore wrists and had to take a week off of knitting to let them rest. I'm back at it though and have just finished up the button band tonight. Tomorrow I'll launch myself onto sleeve island. My plan of attack is my usual one. I'll do the short row sleeve caps individually and then put both sleeves on the needles and do them two at a time. No second sleeve syndrome for me. No siree!
|Body is done! Sunshower just needs some sleeves!|
So that's what's up for me in the knitterly side of life. I've been sewing a bit here and there too - a few new projects and techniques under the belt, but I'll save those for another day. In the rest of life, it's been a whirlwind of gardening, canning, harvesting garden veggies, (beware of zucchini and cucumbers... if you turn your back on them they multiply quickly! At least I think they must!), visiting, and spending lots of time with the two littlest. I've even managed to have not one, but two visits with N and his girlfriend in the span of a week (He even cooked me lunch on one of those visits - having a chef for a son has it's perks!) and then G and her boyfriend were out too this past weekend. Now all I need to do is pin the elusive J down for a visit and I'll have it made!
|Splish splash! These two little guys and I have had a fun summer!|
So I'll bid you adieu and hope you all have had a great summer in whatever way you've spent it!