Patience, Grasshopper.

Let me be honest: resting is pretty boring.

I’d much, much rather be knitting. Even in the summer. Every evening. In all my spare moments.

BUT, I’m trying to be grateful for even little snippets if I can get them. Two or three rows in a day, instead of twelve or thirteen. Mostly I’m still resting, keeping my brains busy with work (so much work) and reading.

I am slowly, sloooowly giving myself a little bit of time with the needles. Just a row or two, and then back to wrist rest.

I’ve been working my one or two rows on a project that has been hibernating for a while – the pattern is Kieran Foley’s Cold Mountain (I’m making the Chevrons variation), and the yarn is Juniper Moon Findley in Greengage. There’s a really first rate photo of the shawl pattern on Kieran’s page, here. (You can see I’m about 1/3 through it.) I last wrote about it on the Juniper Moon blog a looong time ago.

The colour reads more gold in these photos, but it’s my favourite goldy-green.

Cold Mountain

The pattern is free, and has three different charts to follow. Sections of each chart are worked a given number of times, so there’s lots of detail to pay attention to.

Cold Mountain

So far, I’ve finished one of the charts, and have just moved on to the second. I pulled this project out to be my “tiny baby steps back to knitting” project, because there are lots of different stitches to be worked. Lace is a bit more diverse than garter stitch, (hopefully) giving my hands less of a chance to get irritated by repetition.

The downside to lace knitting? Before it’s blocked, it looks a bit of a mess.

Cold Mountain

Even if you stretch it out!

Cold Mountain

A row or two is better than none, right? I’ll keep being patient.

Keeping from Knitting.

I am trying to listen to my body, and let it rest, and let it heal, and remember that “not as sore for the last hour or so” is not the same as “healed and ready to do things again”.

It’s the weekend, and I would really really like to spend a chunk of today relaxing and enjoying some knitting. But I KNOW I shouldn’t. My wrists really aren’t better, I’m still icing them every night just from the amount of hand writing (notes) and typing (notes) and mouse-use (charts and internet and research) I’m doing at work. Even with lots of breaks.

I don’t know quite what all of this extended arm trouble means for my future, but I cannot think about a future with no knitting.

For now, I’m trying to stick to my guns and not pick up my sticks! ;)

Instead, I’ve been reading a lot. In the last two weeks, I’ve read This Is How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff, Wintergirls and The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson, If I Stay by Gayle Foreman, and The Railway Man by Eric Lomax. I know, a lot of YA Fiction.

Let me know if you have books to recommend, so I can keep sticking to my healing-up resolutions!

Hexagons Catchup!

Hi! Happy July!

I’m still not actively knitting. Resting, resting, resting my body (mostly wrists and arms). Well, resting them in the sense that I’m not knitting. I can’t get away from typing and writing and other hand-active activities (I made those terms up, could you tell?), because jobs.

But! I have some hexagon pictures to show you from a couple of weeks ago :)

I’m working sloooowly on the Six’es blanket (pattern by Karen S. Lauger). I want it to be as full-sized as possible, so I’m aiming for 189 hexagons. I’m currently at… (drumroll)…

Hex pileup!

75. Oh.

I thought I had way more complete! Look at the height of that hexagon tower! That’s okay – it just means more fun time knitting hexagons in the future. (Also, look at all these crazy yarn tails!)

One million yarn tails

I also had some new yarn to knit hexagons with – I had a birthday a while ago, and was gifted a Knitpicks gift card! Here’s what I chose: four colours of Knitpicks Palette yarn!

New Yarn!

Let’s zoom in a bit closer…

Happy colours

Oh yeah. LOVE those colours! I started with the pistachio green, and then cast on with the royal blue.

Pistachio Half Hex

Pistachio Hex

Cobalt Blue Potential

Blocking, as always, makes a HUGE difference with these little shapes.

Hexa-bath

Ta da!

Hex blocking

Even though this project is super slow going, I’m still enjoying working up these little 6-sided jolts of colourful happy. Hopefully when my body is back in knitting shape I’ll be churning out more of them!

Not my favourite kind of post…

Just a quick post to say that I’m resting my wrists again! Sigh.

I started a new job (YAY!), but it involves a lot of writing and typing, and that’s leading to some wrist-ey pains. When I’m feeling sore just from a regular day, adding knitting on top just isn’t a good idea. It’s a bummer, but I’m trying to be smart and give my body a rest when I’m not working.

I do have some fun progress to show you fromĀ before things started feeling sore and burny, though! Look for that stuff soon :)

In the meantime, wish me healing and stronger arm muscles! ;)

Greens galore! (aka blanket update)

Guess what! Garter chevron stripe blanket update! :D

A sneak peak is enough, right?

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A little bit more?

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TA DA!

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In all it’s three-stripes-and-four-colours-done-so-far glory! Um, yes. It’s still making me super happy. Squishy and drapey and garterey and GREEN! For real.

Getting to start a new colour in any striped project is always especially exciting for me. The first of the darker greens!

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Even though it’s starting to get a little bit warm where I am, our summers are pretty mild, and working on this blanket in the cool evenings or shadier afternoons is still totally pleasant.

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I’m inching along! This is the last full stripe, which is also pretty exciting. Once this colour is finished (which won’t be a for a while), I’ll be knitting two triangles to fill in the bottom corners. I love this pattern! (It’s the Heirloom Chevron Throw by Jocelyn Tunney :) )

Besides this garterey goodness, I’ve been working on another blanket project, too… (you can probably guess which one). Are you into blanket knitting? I am a teeny bit obsessed :)

Sunshiney Stripey Chevron Cowl!

Remember this stripey cowl I started a while back? I’ve been working a row or two on it when I had the chance, and lo and behold, it’s finished!

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I used Ashley Solley’s snake skin pattern, with some modifications (a different number of stitches, different number of repeats, different number of rows in each stripe…), and Frogtree Pediboo yarn in yellow and natural.

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The cowl is knit in the round, and then grafted together at the end. My grafting job is far from perfect, but I’m okay with it!

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I’m really happy with how it turned out. At first, I thought maybe I would have liked it better shorter (and snugger around my neck), but after wearing it, I like how it drapes! Great for wearing with scoop neck tops.

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And the happy yellow and white stripes! I feel like the vibe is just right for summer.

The good kind of spoiled!

Hi friends!

Life has been BUSY! I had some work related travel, and was able to squish in some family visit time as well. I also had a birthday, and was throughly spoiled with gifts and kindness (and home made desserts… including pie, cheesecake, and my favourite, piecheesecake – which is a bottom pie crust, fruit pie filling, a layer of sort of cheesecake [cream cheese, whipped cream, and sugar I think], all covered with chocolate. It is. Amazing.)

Other than the desserts, a lot of gorgeous presents landed on me! Show and tell? Yes!

Mug + tea!

Super sweet mug!

Tea strainers!

Charming tea strainers! (I drink SO much tea. Especially because I’ve mostly gone off coffee in the last 6 months.)

Notions case!

Notions case!

Amazing notions case! So sparkly and green and useful!

Book!

YARN FARMY READING! :D

Leaf bookmarks!

Happy, green, leafy…

Leaf bookmark in action

BOOKMARKS!

Super special hand dye made by mom!

Yarn! Hand dyed! BY MY MOM! IN GREEN AND YELLOW!

Waterloo Wools prettiness!

In the Jungle!

More yarn, from Waterloo Wools, in a colourway called “In the Jungle”, which is super super pretty and amazing!

SO SPOILED!!!

Are you lucky enough to get yarny gifts for your special occasions?

Inch by Inch, Row by Row…

… I’m going to make this blanket grow :)

I’m still taking things very carefully, knitting-wise. I think I’ve finally reconciled myself to the need to check in with a medical person about my frequently resurgent RSI/muscle-achy-terribleness (technical term ;) ), because even though I’m trying to minimize my keyboard time and other repetitive activities, I can still feel the twingey pain coming on pretty quickly.

Despite all of that, a row or two each day is happening! Just so that my hands don’t forget knitting altogether, and because it’s good for my mental health.

Row by row

I’m inching along on the medium green stripe, and still LOVING how this blanket looks.

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It also FEELS pretty wonderful. Squishy and drapey at the same time, just enough warmth but not too much.

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I can definitely see more of these blankets in my future! A perfect relaxing project for an evening at home, with the bonuses of fun opportunities to play with colour and (obviously) an amazing blanket at the end :) Even though a wool blanket seems pretty seasonally inappropriate, I’m glad this is what’s on my needles.

Row by row

What are you knitting these days? I’d love to hear about it!

Vacation… knitting?

Remember I was all set to head out for some travel? I wound up these two lovely skeins…

Ready to go :)

And went on my way! My vacation looked like this:

Beach!

AAH!

Yep, so pretty

Wowza

And… okay… also like this:

Okay fine, I also ate this awesome waffle

I did finally cast on one of the projects I planned!

Finally casting on!

But the trip was so amazing that I only got a tiny bit knit, as you can see.

Not much progress, but a good vacation

I’m home again, feeling grateful for the beautiful and fun things I saw and did (even if they didn’t include knitting, this time!)

Travel Knitting

Hi! I have good news :) My (dumb) wrists & forearms are starting to feel better! I’m still trying to be patient & cautious and not overdo anything. I’m still not really knitting again, yet. But feeling normal without any knitting is a good first step!

I also have some travel coming up soon, and I’m hoping I’ll be 100% better and knit-ready in time for that. Knitting is one of the things that makes travel fun for me! I always give myself permission to spend any time I’m in airports/waiting in lineups/passenging in cars for a long time/[other travel bothers]… I spent those times knitting, which makes the time pleasant instead of tiresome.

Another special permission I give myself is to choose an entirely new project and START it at the start of the journey. That way I have something exciting to look forward to, and a way to distract myself from worrying about delays or stuff I forgot to pack or the hundred other details I can obsess about.

Travel knitting is tricky though! For me, it has to be several things:

1. Small & lightweight! No use packing the giant, in-progress blanket, or 6 skeins of chunky yarn for a sweater. It must fit into my purse.

2. Exciting! I like to choose new yarn to wind, a new pattern to explore, something that really makes my heart go pitter-pat.

3. Diverse! I do make a point to bring at least two, usually three different things with me, so I can have some variety, especially if it’s more than a day or so of travel. Something engaging for long quiet spans (like lace!); something extremely easy/memorizable (a sock, or a plain scarf or cowl with no shaping); something else that makes me happy…

4. No overlaps! Ideally, none of the projects I bring need the same needles, so there’s no swapping around needed.

I’m having a really hard time choosing, this time. I poked around my yarn closet to see what yarn I was feeling into, and two skeins jumped out. One sock weight, and one lace weight, both in stereotypically springy colours.

Pink & black sock

This one is wool/nylon sock weight, by miss gusset, and I loooove it. I’ve had it in my stash for a while, and it just makes me super happy.

Pink & black sock

Coral Lace

The second skein is beautiful 50% wool, 50% silk lace weight by Vancouver Island’s Sweatermaker!

Coral Lace

I’m having the worst time choosing patterns though, mostly because the yardage for both yarns is lowish.

The lovely sock weight is around 330 yards, and the lace weight is around 380. I’m also thinking about avoiding pooling, with the sock weight, and showing off the beautiful subtle tonality of the lace weight. I’d like to useĀ both yarns to their best advantage! Maybe a simple seed stitch cowl in the sock weight? Maybe the Campanula Scarf in the laceweight, since it looks so great in pink?

What do you think? What would you knit with these yarns? Do you bring knitting with you when you travel?