I had a tendonitis flare up this weekend (SIGH), probably from too much computer work on Friday, so I haven’t been able to knit a single stitch this weekend. But I’ve been thinking thinking thinking about what I’d like to cast on next. Not that I’ve finished anything recently – sloooowest progress on my Chevron blanket and my hexagons blanket and my greeny-gold Cold Mountain and my spinning and everything else…
BUT. I’ve been thinking about this yarn.
Remember this? I picked it up back at Fibrations in August (which is when I took those sunny photos). It’s a 75% superwash merino, 25% nylon blend sock weight from the FANTASTIC Rain City Knits (seriously go over there right now… if you love bright colours and rainbows and happy saturated yarn… you’ll be into it.)
IT. IS. SO. PRETTY!!! So cheerful and happy and amazing.
I wound it up.
It’s not even depths-of-winter yet or anything (and even when it is, where I live, it’s not super cold). AND I like cold, gray weather. But this bright yarn is making me super happy! LOOK at all of the little speckley coloured bits! It’s mostly pink, yellow, and blue, but then there are surprise flashes of green! and orange! and purple! Loooooove. I think the colourway is called Confetti.
I’m pretty sure I’ve decided what I want to make with it: Clincher! Here’s a picture from the designer, Ash Kearns’ blog (which you should definitely check out):
The pattern requires a little bit of contrast yarn for the loops, which are added at the long, cast of edge of the shawl’s triangle shape. I’m thinking of using some bright blue that will complement the blue bits in the Confetti skein! Very excited. Now if only my dumb body would co-operate!
Hi! How’s your September been? Is it fall where you are?
I am a huge cliché – I love fall. It’s my favourite. Despite what my mom thinks (hi mom!) I actually really like winter, too, although Victoria doesn’t get much in the way of snow or anything. I miss snowy winters! I’ve had a busy month – unfortunately, it’s been full of life stuff and not very much knitting stuff, though.
Lace progress! SUUUUPER slow progress, that is. In fact most of the progress on my current lace project, Cold Mountain by Kieran Foley in Juniper Moon Findley (50% silk, 50% merino, ooooooh), is from a couple of weeks ago, when I was still doing okay knitting one or two rows a day.
I’m into the third and “middle” section of lace motifs. Not quite halfway done the shawl, but almost! I just love how the patterns transition.
This last one is the most accurate, colour-wise! It’s a goldy green rather than a greeny gold.
Lately though, I haven’t been knitting at all. Sadface. I finally saw a doctor about my dumb recurring wrist pain (which was determined to be chronic tendinitis (from overuse), a word which I have been misspelling basically forever apparently), and hopefully I’ll have some new pain demolishing tools at my disposal soon!
What are you knitting this fall?
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!
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 from before things started feeling sore and burny, though! Look for that stuff soon :)
In the meantime, wish me healing and stronger arm muscles! ;)