Well friends, after a late winter phase of Not Loving My Knitting All That Much, I had been hoping that spending the last week of April travelling would give me the deadline I needed to finish things and then start new things for my trip. As it turns out, I did not finish the things I wanted to finish, but I started new things anyway. This was the right decision after all.
Because, guys, just look how much knitting you can get done in a week of travelling. I had back-to-back work and personal travel, and all together had 6 airplanes, several airports, and many stints sitting in cars. This paired well with a project that essentially involved knitting around and around and around.
This is the Lightweight Pullover pattern, which many many people have knitted and I had somehow managed to skip it. But then my sister knitted one for herself with a long-stashed sweater quantity of sock-weight yarn, and I liked how it looked on her (we’re twins, so if something looks good on her it’s a solid bet it’ll be okay for me too), and lo and behold the sweater quantity of Sweet Georgia sock yarn I bought on the Boxing Day sales is working out great.
Before my trip I managed a quick swatch (in the round, because the sweater is in the round), and wouldn’t you know it I got both stitch gauge and row gauge on the same swatch. I sincerely do not want to look a gift gauge-horse in the mouth, but that’s pretty damn great and I hope the knitting gods are not fooling around with me.
Because I’m using hand-dyed yarn, I’m working with 2 skeins at once, alternating skeins every 2-4 rounds (ish). So far that’s going well, and I’m glad I made myself do it from the beginning – sometimes you can’t tell the colour variation in hand-dyed skeins very well at a glance, and only discover them after you’ve changed skeins. Just means a bit of yarn management while you’re knitting and avoiding tangles.
So yep, I’m patting myself on the back for giving my knitting brain a break and the chance to stare at some gorgeous turquoise yarn for a week. I’ve still got those other projects to finish, but turns out they’re not that far away from being done and it’s OK to get back to them after a refresher.
I hope you’ve got some good knitting time coming up this weekend! Perhaps with a fun springy colour. Happy knitting, blog friends!