Hello, internet. I am coming off of a few days laid flat with a nasty cold. The downside to this is always missing things, and the scramble to catch up once I’m well. I’ve had pretty bad luck with colds and flus this year, but I’m slowly getting the hang of taking care of myself when they come. The silver lining is, of course, that I ended up spending a couple of days on the couch, cuddled up to the cats and some knitting.
I’ve been working on a couple of different projects, lately. I really want to be working on sweaters, but I have one on the needles right now that’s causing me a bit of size-choice angst, so I’m giving it a bit of a holiday before I come back to it. Instead, I’ve been working on my current socks-in-progress – self-striping yarn in Halloweenish colours, pleasing as only self-striping socks can be – and the best shawl ever.
It’s not really a shawl – it’s a wrap. That word always gives me visions of a garment that I wear with a fancy pin, fastened at the shoulder, keeping me cozy and warm as I perhaps attend the ballet or take a train to somewhere interesting. Perhaps I am wearing a dress and heels. Maybe my hair is pinned up, fetchingly.
The pattern is Ludlow, from the latest Brooklyn Tweed collection, and I am a little bit obsessed with it. Something about the textured stitches and the squishiness just carried me away, and I had a bit of an impulse cast-on session last week. The pattern calls for fingering-weight yarn held double, but I am using DK weight and a slightly different needle size. It’s working up beautifully, and I am still a bit overly-excited about it. The texture of each stitch chart gives this deliciously drapey-yet-squishy fabric, like garter stitch but slightly different. I find myself totally smitten every time I pick it up.
It is also perfect sick day knitting – each stitch pattern is charted, so one has to pay a little bit of attention, but each row of the chart is fairly easy to follow without checking back too often.
Now that the weather is cooling off, here (I had to wear mittens to bike to work this morning!) I’m very much looking forward to having my wrap done. Maybe I’ll be able to figure out what one wears with a wrap, too.