I finished knitting my Oaklet Shawl several days ago and now it is blocked, so it is officially finished! I love it and cannot wait to wear it. It’s a balmy 93 degrees F where I live, but I braved the heat and donned the shawl for an outdoor shot. Here are the photos I promised:
Lately, I’ve been knitting with yarn that just makes me happy. In fact, I’ve decided that one of the yarns is literally my favorite yarn I’ve ever knit. It’s ironic, but I was watching a new-to-me podcast the other day (Sticks+Twine with Eric Lutz–I’ll talk about this fabulous podcast in an upcoming post) and the host mentioned Patronus yarn. Or, yarn that makes you the happiest in the world. This stems from the Patronus Charm from the Harry Potter series in which one must think of the happiest thoughts in order to conjure the Patronus that protects them. My Patronus yarn is definitely the Sheep Loves Monkey yarn in the St. Petersburg, Russia, colorway. I love, love, love this colorway! It has a gray base, but is packed with every other color one could imagine and it just works! Looking at it and working with it has made me just bubbly with happiness.
I’ve been working on the Oaklet Shawl by Megan Goodacre. It’s a fantastic and well-written, free pattern that has been a joy to knit, but knitting it in my Patronus yarn has made me even more giddy to pick up the needles. I finished the shawl today, and it was a bittersweet moment. I was excited to complete the project, but sad that I wouldn’t be working with the yarn anymore. Good thing I bought a second hank!
I feel that this picture doesn’t do the yarn or the shawl justice, but I had just finished it and wanted to snap a quick photo for this post before the sun set. I’ll block the shawl tomorrow and post a finished project photo soon. I can tell that it will stretch quite a bit. I’m laughing at the photo–my husband took the shot while I was stretching the shawl out into the air–it looks like a kaleidoscopic butterfly floating away.
When I haven’t been working on my Oaklet Shawl, I’ve been working on the mate to a pair of socks I started in. . . April of 2015. . .goodness, I’m ashamed to admit that. I finished the first sock soon enough, but got second sock syndrome and am just now getting back to the mate. I’ve only knit a couple of socks and they haven’t turned out the best. For this one, I’m using a very helpful book and a pattern that reads more like a tutorial. Ann Budd’s Getting Started Knitting Socks has been a great resource–it has a lot of straight-forward information with helpful illustrations. The books includes many patterns. I’ve based my sock on the 8-Stitch Per Inch pattern. I’ve also used a pattern from Winwick Mum called “Basic Socks.” I’m using US size 2 9-inch circular needles (and will switch to dpn’s when needed) and Paton’s Kroy Socks in Spring Leaf Stripes.
I love this colorway, too! You can’t go wrong with gray and yellow! Though it’s hard to tell, there’s some neon yellow and pale yellow in with that gray and black. I’m working the whole leg of the sock in a K3P1 rib. It’s nice and stretchy. Now that I’ve completed my shawl, I plan on finishing this second sock!
So, my timing on knitting a baby cardigan was bad. I had planned on knitting one for some friends who were expecting. That was back in January. . .just a few months after I suffered my second miscarriage. I started knitting and was nearly finished with the cute little garment when I just shut down. I’ve had a lot of time to think about it. Why did I shut down? I think it was because the closer I got to finishing, the more I recognized that I would not be putting that cardigan on my baby. I packed up the unfinished project in my knitting closet. It’s still there. Maybe I’ll pick it back up some day. Maybe I should frog it. For a good while, I didn’t knit. It became a stressful reminder of broken dreams, but I slowly worked my way back into knitting. I’ve lost track of how many doctor appointments and tests I’ve had over the past six months. . .trying to figure out why my baby dreams weren’t coming true and doing whatever we could to try and make them come true. At some point, the stress of that pushed me to knitting again. For that, I am thankful. I’ve knit several hats for my brother and his friends and I’ve made a mountain of dishcloths. I even managed to knit a baby blanket for a friend who was able to have a baby despite her stage 4 endometriosis. That project, amazingly, didn’t cause me any grief. I think it actually filled me with hope. . .if a fellow endometriosis sufferer could have a baby, maybe I can, too.
Right now, I’m knitting for myself. My husband took me to Asheville, NC, for Valentine’s Day. We toured the Biltmore, specifically to see the costumes on display in the “Fashionable Romance” exhibit. It was wonderful! I got to see the attire donned by Alan Rickman, Kate Winslet, Hugh Grant, and Emma Thompson for “Sense and Sensibility,” along with costumes from a lot of other movies I love. I also got to visit Purl’s Yarn Emporium, where I purchased a couple of skeins of Sheep Loves Monkey in the St. Petersburg, Russia, colorway. Currently, I’m using the yarn to knit the Oaklet Shawl by Megan Goodacre and I’m loving it!
The constant changes in color make me happy. I should have plenty of yarn left over. . .perhaps I’ll attempt another pair of socks with it. Knitting feels good again, and it feels good to be back!