Nothing (finished) to See Here!

 

It has been a slow, strange summer around here. June and July always bring time-sensitive costume sewing, altering, and mending for work, which destroys both my sewing space and my enthusiasm, and this year it was all made worse because I was also looking for a new job. After 4.5 years in my current job, I forgot how exhausting and demoralizing the job search can be! I am so thrilled, though, to say that at the end of this month I will start a new job at The Marine Mammal Center. It is such an amazing organization and I still can’t quite believe I’ll be contributing there every day. If you are in the Bay Area and haven’t visited yet, I highly recommend it.

Anyway, unable to face sewing at all, I’ve been knitting up a storm! No finished objects to show yet, though, as I keep switching projects. Here is my queue…

Current project: Lucca Shawl

One day I just had to start a lace project, and the Lucca Shawl it was. I am loving this pattern and can’t wait to see what it looks like!! Right now it’s impossible to know, being on small circular needles. It’s just a puffy, lacey blob.

 

UFO #1: Martine Pullover

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This was going along just fine until that day I had to start a lace project! Almost done with front and back. So far I like this pattern, but the stitch pattern is hard on the hands. It’s probably not a bad thing that I’m taking a break.

UFO #2: Fairweather Gansey

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I ran out of yarn with just a partial sleeve and neckband to go. The yarn is still available, but I haven’t gotten around to ordering it yet, for some crazy reason!

UFO #3: Stonecutter Pullover

Not even going to picture this sad thing–the lovely cables won’t show up in black anyway! This is the end of Stonecutter. Despite appearing to be almost done with front and back, I need to fix the back armhole and I’m just over it. As much as I love black, I’m never, ever knitting a complicated pattern in black again. Low visibility sucked all the joy out of this pattern! I do want to make it, though, but in a light yarn or maybe even a non-neutral!

I think this change of job will bring a change of spirits, and I’ll be motivated to sew once more for a more casual lifestyle. In the meantime, just keep knitting!

Mountain High Sweater

Sometimes I get the feeling that I’m over sewing. Especially when a top that should have been great turns out too small. That happened last weekend, and this past weekend I did nothing but finish up what was on my needles, the Mountain High sweater by Heidi Kirrmaier.
This sweater is most definitely not too small! That’s because it’s actually my second Mountain High. The first I knit according to measurements, despite warning that the model was wearing a size with more ease. It fit well, but didn’t have the slouchy look I wanted, so I ripped it out and shoved the pattern aside for a while. I picked it up again with the Olympics, shoving the too-complicated Stonecutter aside for the moment. I needed something mindless to knit while watching!

 

The pattern is very easy, with subtle shaping and garter stitch highlights. I ended up erring on the large side, knitting size M2, though now that it’s done I think I probably should have stuck with M1. Any bigger and it would be much too big! I love the subtlety of Heidi’s designs, like the way the knitting moves diagonally inward at CF:

 

I used Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in worsted. It was nice to knit and so far is nice to wear. Not too itchy, though I’m not terribly sensitive, and very cozy. Also, it’s just so inexpensive. I’m not at that point in knitting yet, where spending a ton on yarn for a sweater seems like the right thing to do. I’m not even quite there with sewing! This sweater cost about $15 in materials, that I can live with no problem!

 

I have a few more Advent Garland ornaments to knit up for Eric now, then it’s back to Stonecutter. Of course, in the meantime I’m sure it will be back to sewing. I’ve got so many ideas, one wadder isn’t going to keep me down!
Here is that wadder… Burda 10/2016 #121. Isn’t it pretty?? I may just take the sleeves off to make it barely wearable. siiiiiiigh.

Fiona Sweater

It turns out trying to take photos of a drapey, black sweater on a dress form is pretty much an exercise in futility.

 

This is my third real sweater, and I love it. It’s the Princess Fiona pattern by Amy Miller, a boxy sweater with slim fitting arms and a lace panel on the side. I loved making it and wearing it!

 

I used the Galileo yarn from Knit Picks, and it was perfect for this project. It results in a very soft, drapey fabric. Perfect for this sweater, but not for everything.

 

That’s as good as it gets! You just have to trust that this sweater looks good on. Being in black, the lace pattern doesn’t show up too well in person either, but I think it adds just the right amount of interest to one of my favorite things to wear.