I’ve been a little silent for the past few weeks, mostly because I’ve been away on a much, much-needed vacation. I went traveling through the UK, which was amazing, and I took (approximately) a kabillion pictures, which I am still sorting through and uploading.
I had this brilliant plan to upload photos to Flickr as I traveled, using my iPad and wi-fi, but the free wireless I was able to connect to wasn’t speedy enough to upload photos at a reasonable pace.
Still, I ended up having an amazing time. I spent the first few days in London, staying with a friend.
I wore my Slow Curve, which got finished and blocked just before I left.
And I had a wonderful time walking around and exploring the city.
Then I went to Scotland, which I’ll tell you all about soon!
The big brown sweater is continuing apace. I’m finally onto the last sleeve.
However, being close to done with this project is making me look forward to the next – turns out, I can’t stay away from tiny gauge projects for long. I’m going to be doing a bunch of traveling over the month of May, and that means I need something portable.
I have my heart set on Oslo (the buttons! The bajillion miles of stockinette in the round!), but I wanted to modify it a little bit to use yarn I already had.
I’ve swatched the first colourwork repeat, using dark brown Malabrigo as the main colour and the leftovers from my Paulie sweater for the colourwork sections (modified to only use two colours).
I spent a few days sort of ambivalent about the colour combination. I wasn’t sure if the navy stood out enough, or if I wanted to frog and redo it with purple and grey.
But the more I stare at this picture (and the scarf), the more I feel like the colours I chose are probably the right ones for me.
Last month – after finishing up Paulie, I set out to start a new sweater.
I had yarn all ready, and a pretty specific idea of what I wanted in this sweater. I wanted it to be a nice, versatile, everyday sweater, and I wanted it to be knit up in giant needles at an enormous gauge, because oh good grief was I sick of teensy needles and fine yarn.
I started with a sweater from Twist Collective that I’ve had in my queue for a while. I got gauge, started knitting, and managed to get through the entire back and several inches of the front before I finally admitted that I really wasn’t enjoying myself. I really love the finished sweater, and think it would suit me, but the whole sweater is done in this garter ribby stitch pattern (which looks beautiful) that I just hated knitting.
So I ripped it out, and looked for a different pattern.
My search turned up Slow Curve, which is the same stitch gauge – no new swatch – and has a lot more stockinette and a lot less paying attention to what row I’m on, which makes it much closer to the sweater I want to be working on right now.
I can tell because it’s going a lot faster.