Pacing myself

Greetings, knitter friends! I am writing this on the flip side of my move, which went pretty well as moves go, and am now adjusting to a new pace of life in the ‘big city’ back in Toronto. It’s been several years since I lived in Toronto itself, and I’m remembering how it is both amazing (so many things to do! friends to see!) and chaotic (transit on rush hour is never not terrible, as far as I can tell). Although my knitting time and leisure time in general has taken a bit of a hit the last few weeks, I haven’t neglected these things altogether and now I look forward to ramping back up towards a “normal” pace again, now that more boxes are unpacked.

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I have been finding the crochet granny squares project very enjoyable over the last few weeks, since a few minutes to do a little square is usually manageable and it still allows for a sense of accomplishment. This project is coming along well, I think, and I’m at about 160 squares total, about half of which are complete with the border colour and half are just the colourful centre square part. So that puts me closer to the halfway point, which is exciting!

I am, however, getting to the point where the smaller amounts of very multi-coloured sock yarn leftovers are running out (compared to the larger amounts of semi-solids), and I have decided to start using those more colourful bits as the smaller, centre colour rather than the second, larger section, as much as possible.

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In the midst of everything I have also been turning out a few rounds on the Venezia pullover, which will hopefully see more action once there is a bit less IKEA furniture assembly in the near future. This had a bit of a hiccup several days after I cast on, when I realized that the (300 or so stitches) circular round had been twisted at the join, and I had to pull out the first inch or so of progress and re-do it. Hopefully that means I’ve gotten the worst knitting hurdle out of the way (knock on wood)! It’s been a while since I’ve done a big colour-work project and it’s good to turn to it in the rotation.

There are, of course, other Works In Progress that are begging for their turn, and new designs to be created, but I keep promising them all that everybody will get their turn. I’m going to just give in to whatever my knitting brain wants at the time.

Happy Wednesday, knitters! I hope you have an enticing project waiting for you this evening.

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Project: Granny square afghan squares (classic granny square pattern – tutorials widely available on the web and YouTube), 3.0mm crochet hook

Yarn: Miscellaneous sock yarn stash leftovers, including Tanis Fiber Arts sock, Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock, Madelinetosh sock, Dream In Color Smooshy, Van Der Rock sock (no longer available), Indigodragonfly sock, Miss Babs sock, and more. Border yarn is Sweet Georgia ‘Tough Love Sock’ in birch.

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Pattern: Venezia Pullover, by Eunny Jang

Yarn: Knit Picks Palette, including: Cream, Finnley Heather, Hare Heather, Oregon Coast Heather, Autumn Heather, Rooibos Heather, Clove Heather, Shire Heather, Forest Heather

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15 comments

  1. glad you are settling in! the yarn craft all looks fabulous of course. 🙂

  2. I can’t wait to see that blanket finally assembled. Suck lovely colors. It will be glorious.

  3. *Such. Not “suck.” I’m all thumbs today…

  4. Were you able to set yourself up a wonderful yarn storage area in your new abode?

  5. With all you’ve had to do, I was surprised to see this post today. Efficiency is the under-statement, that’s for sure.
    Are you going to give us a hint what the new job entails? I’ll bet it has something to do with writing and communication – an obvious talent of yours.
    Whatever it is, I hope you enjoy it!
    And, I look forward to future posts about the knitting projects!

  6. Hope you live near the yarnharlot!

  7. Oh, that twisted circular round! Happens to the best of us, right? 😀

  8. Bertha Mallard · ·

    I visited Toronto in August and loved it. Of course I had to visit Romni Wools and found some lovely yarns. Enjoy your new home.

  9. I love the color work! And the granny squares – I have a fair amount (two big bags) of left over sock yarn and it has a new lease on life. As to the joining thingy??????? I do that all the time and Kristin Nicholas had a great idea in one of her books. She doesn’t join the rounds until about four rows in – and then she just stitches up the little bit at the end. That way there’s none of that nasty spiral stuff!!!!!!

  10. Glad to hear the move went well! Hope you’re enjoying the new job, too-so many nice new things happening! I love all those little granny squares-a great counterbalance to the stranded sweater!

  11. Glenna, we just moved also…and downsizing has certainly challenged the space for the stash. Glad you’re getting settled and hope to run into you sometime soon.

  12. twistedsticks · ·

    Years ago when my daughter was young we used to go to Toronto. We would camp outside of town in one of the parks and then grab the subway and go exploring. We love Toronto and I would love to get back there again, but age and time go so fast. Too many places we have never been we want to see.

    I love your work and the granny squares are looking good.

  13. The colors in that pullover are gorgeous!

  14. So happy the move went well! Does transit time at least equal knitting/crocheting time?

  15. We spent most of our working life in Toronto. We were lucky to choose a neighbourhood that lived up to the word – we interacted with our neighbours, coached our kids sports teams, carpooled them to music, played sports as a group, went to cottages, and some, travelled together etc. Made for a wonderful 20 years.

    I hope you find your own neighbourhood in TO. Move if you don’t find it on the first try!

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