You get there eventually

Just about every conversation I’ve had this week has included some version of, “February, am I right?” It’s the shortest month on the calendar but feels like the longest, especially if you happen to be experiencing one of the coldest Februaries on record for the past century like us poor slobs in Ontario. And we’ve got at least another month of cold (sweater season is not over by a long shot and I am having a wool renaissance of poring through my yarn stash), so even though we’re closer to spring than fall it’s a month that seems like forever. The west coast on the other hand are practically wearing bikinis because their winter has been so mild, and when I see photos of crocuses and green grass my brain actually does not know how to deal with this information. Wait…somewhere out there has green things?

Bridget and I were commiserating about this earlier this week when I went up to her shop for sweater photos, because it’s also the stage of winter when all of your unfinished projects seem like they won’t end. But then I realized that, wait a minute, not only is February almost over but so is that grey moss stitch thing I’ve had on the needles since Christmas. It didn’t feel real until I was actually just a couple of inches away from finishing the last piece, but you know, eventually grey moss stitch islands get done too.

Knitters, my Ossel dress has finally reached the blocking board.



I will, of course, have quite a bit of finishing (mostly seams, long ones at that) still to do, but this is about 1750 yards of done-ness. I won’t lie that I am slightly nervous to confirm the fit once I put it on (I did all my measurements and so forth, but the proof is always in the final on-putting), but it’s pretty great to have the pieces done.

Getting photos of the finished thing will also be fun – guys, it might just be a rumour, but I heard the temperature’s going up to -2C next week. Break out the pina coladas and patio umbrellas!

I hope you’re getting some nice knitting time in this weekend – and a refreshing beverage (or two) of your choice. Happy Saturday!


Pattern: Ossel, by Allison Green for Twist Collective
Yarn: Cascade 220 Heathers, #8401 Silver Grey





  1. Well if you are not happy with the fit you can turn to Spanx for help or give it a favorite person in your life. Good luck, I can’t wait to see it. I am sure it will be perfect. This is your livelihood, not a hobby. Be brave😍😍😍😍

  2. Congrats on getting to the blocking board! I’m currently flagging on 8 stitch wide 1×1 ribbing for the button band on my first cardigan which I started well over a year ago. It will be done soon… Please!

  3. knittedblissjc · ·

    woohoo, the home stretch!! It’s going to be gorgeous. And March will be less dire in the cold department, so perfect for wearing your new dress.

  4. I know what you mean. It was -8 F this morning but finally warmed up to almost 20 so we spent the afternoon sledding. More snow coming this next week, so winter is here to stay for a little while! Happy knitting πŸ˜‰

  5. twistedsticks · ·

    Can’t wait to see the dress!

  6. We just had the snowiest February on record in Colorado. What a wild ride the weather is giving us.

  7. I can only imagine how excited you are to be done with all that moss stitch. Wowza. I can’t wait to see the finished dress. Even blocking it looks amazing.

  8. Can’t wait to see it finished – an epic knit for sure! Here in South Africa we’re in mid-summer so I’ll definitely catch a few rays for you today and have a long iced drink in your honour…. x ps have finished the back and sleeves on Rustique!

  9. What an achievement. Stay warm!

  10. dress? really? That is one thing I’ve never made….although I have one in mind (bressay!!!) Can’t wait to see yours!!! This may be the incentive to cast one on. πŸ™‚

  11. lyndanewfangledtangle · ·

    Very excited to see the finished dress/tunic – hope it’s what you hope for (and if it isn’t, there is always wine and knit worthy friends…!). Good luck.

  12. anastasia · ·

    Temps of -2C just means you won’t have to take a jacket with you when you go outside to take pictures ;). I cast on for an Icelandic poncho just in time for the warmer weather. But I can’t wait to see pictures of your dress!!

  13. Looking forward to seeing the finished piece

  14. Exciting! 1750 yards is some dedication…it will be awesome when it’s done!

  15. · ·

    Congratulations on getting the knitting done and blocked. Hope the journey to the final product goes better than mine usually do (over 2 years to sew one sweater together…and I have not the foggiest clue as to where it is now!)

  16. I feel your winter pain — literally because I am in Boston. Forget April, I’m nominating February as the cruelest month.

  17. Can’t wait to see the dress, thinking a picture of the final product may push me over the edge into committing to one myself. Deepest condolences on your winter, I am a Wet Coaster and got up to -3C this morning, it nearly killed me. I, not sarcastically, continually marvel at how the rest of Canada survives the cold, you are truly brave and hardy souls!

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