The Saturday Update: Week 46

What a good week I had this week. Okay, the Covid-19 numbers are rocketing up into the stratosphere while people on Facebook still vent about governmental overreach and their refusal to wear a mask (!), but the weather was nice and Hannah and I had a very productive couple of days reading in bed and knitting like banshees. (I bet you didn’t know that banshees knit. Of course they do, and they are very fast while never, ever, dropping a stitch!) I got to the grocery store late one evening and stocked up for a few weeks and cooked up some yummy meals that will last me through the next week. I also went crazy and bought a whole package of creampuffs. It’s my pandemic, and I will eat creampuffs if I want to!!

Knitting

Let’s get right to the knitting, shall we? I finished my Misurina!! Early in the week I took the stitches off the needles and onto a yarn holder to check for fit and things looked good!! Boy, did that get me fired up to knit like crazy! The pattern is for a cropped sweater and advised that you knit 5 inches below the armhole before binding off, but I was like, NOPE!, I will keep knitting until I run out of yarn because cropped isn’t the best look for little short-waisted me. To make sure I had a good feel for the yarn amount I finished the sleeves with my second cake of yarn and then blended the two yarns together as I transitioned from the first cake to the second in the body. I kept picking up speed during the week and finished binding off early this morning. Today I misted the sweater with water and hovered a steam iron over it to block it and the finished sweater is just what I wanted. Look!!

It’s a little tee type sweater that just rocks! Seriously, this is such a comfortable item to wear and I couldn’t be happier. The sweater is knit fairly loosely but is surprisingly warm and a nice layering item. Caitlin Hunter for the win again!! My Ravelry notes are here.

I seem to have spent the rest of the week agonizing over the colors and yarns to use in the next batch of knitting projects. Hannah and I went through the yarn stash over and over as I pulled out yarns and tried to dream up color combinations. I would make a decision only to change my mind the next day and back into the stash we would go. I want to make a Solvi sweater. I bought the pattern for Slipstravaganza but never cast on as I was buried in other knitting projects. Okay, I will be honest… Stephen West is really artistically adventurous and I was a little nervous about committing 5 whole skeins of yarn to a knitting extravaganza if I didn’t know what it was going to look like. I worried about where to put light and dark colors. I love my yarn and didn’t want to waste any… but as this week went on and people in the group began to publish their finished shawls I loved what I was seeing! Now that I know what the final project is I can make good choices about colors and knitting order. I need to make one of these!! I maybe need to make two of them! The pattern required 2 skeins of a main color and three more contrast colors, and after much stash diving Hannah and I came up with two combos of yarn and colors.

I think that the yarns on the left are going to be my first shawl, but I am really torn about the yarns on the right as they might be more useful in the winter. I have two skeins of that navy yarn so it will be the main color; that inky blue sort of screams winter, right? On the other hand, the cheery colors of the yarns on the left might be exactly what I need right now. There is a lot of yarn in these shawls so whichever I pick is going to be my main project for the month along with the sweater. So many decisions. So much yarn that I need to wind…

I am also waiting for The Secret Life of Cats (and dogz), the next knitting adventure designed by Sharon from Security, Casapinka’s snarky, sushi chomping, citation writing, but mostly supportive-to-knitters feline employee. This adventure will be coming in a few more weeks, but I wanted to get started on the yarn selection and came up with these happy and wild colors:

I posted the pictures of the yarn on Facebook to ask if they were too wild for The Secret Life and Sharon says they are A-okay. Yay. More yarn to wind!!

There is also a pattern for a Siamese cat wearing a little Fair Isle sweater that is going to be published by Claire Garland next week. I need that too. I think that some other members of my family are going to want one of them also… the cat doesn’t absolutely need to be a Siamese, as other cats probably also wear darling Fair Isle sweaters… So much knitting, so little time…

Books

Did you notice that I jumped right over the gardening? No gardening going on here lately. Most of my plants are still alive, but how interesting can pictures of jade plants and orchids be when there aren’t any blooms. Hey, do jade plants bloom? Why haven’t I seen any blooms? I may have to look into this…

I’m still immersed in the adventures of Giordano Bruno, philosopher, spy and crime investigator in the 16th century.

I finished Conspiracy last week (Bruno solved the murder mystery, got his lost knife back, and even connected with that woman he was hoping to find in Paris) and started Execution right away. Hey, Bruno has abandoned Paris and King Henri and we are back in London again. Bruno is once again involved in high intrigue uncovering a plot that threatens the reign of Queen Elizabeth, and wouldn’t you know, there has been a murder. Of course. Bruno must insert himself into the conspiracy to execute Elizabeth to make way for Mary Stuart (and the supremacy of the Catholic church in England), derail the plot, solve the murder, keep his knife safely at his side, and maybe, maybe convince the woman of his dreams to marry him. It’s a lot. I’m reading my way steadily through this latest chapter in Bruno’s adventures. I think that this is the last book in the series for now so I’m going to have to divert to another genre again after this. I do have a nice science fiction waiting for me…

Well, thatโ€™s it.

Have a great week, everyone!!

Please stay safe.

Read a little, knit a little, and garden like your heart canโ€™t live without it.

And wear your mask!!

Author: Midnight Knitter

I weave, knit and read in Aurora, Colorado where my garden lives. I have 2 sons, a knitting daughter-in-law, a grandson and an exceptionally spoiled kitten. In 2014 I was diagnosed with a serious rare autoimmune disease called systemic sclerosis along with Sjogren's Disease and fibromyalgia.

20 thoughts on “The Saturday Update: Week 46”

  1. Oh my goodness!!!! Your new sweater is just gorgeous! I am always amazed at what you are able to create and I appreciate you sharing them with us. Do you ever sell any of your creations?
    Thank you for the reminder………wearing my mask every time I go out!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thank you! I have sold things in the past, especially fingerless mitts, but since I got sick I stopped as I just didn’t want the pressure of deadlines and making money just didn’t seem all that important anymore. I do give a lot of knitting away!
      Be safe! It’s going to be a hard winter.

      1. I understand, the pressure of deadlines can be way too stressful! Well if you ever want to sell any fingerless gloves I would LOVE to buy some from you!
        Yes, I think you are right…..I am really not looking forward to a harsh winter.

  2. Your new sweater is gorgeous! Very flattering, and it looks so comfortable as well ๐Ÿ™‚ You have some lovely yarn picks for your Slipstravaganza and your Secret Life projects. Can’t wait to see what you do with them! And thank you for sharing a Hannah picture – I just love seeing how she is growing ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. I am so pleased with the sweater… I can’t believe that I let it hibernate for weeks while I worked on other projects! I checked Ravelry for color ideas by looking at other finished projects. I realized that I didn’t want a high contrast so I picked the dark red to go with the grey, but once I started knitting I worried about contrast. What a maroon I am! The final sweater is what I wanted. ๐Ÿ™‚ Hannah and I have some yarn winding to do; today she is 8 months old and she’s ready to post again. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  3. Sounds like a lovely week! Your sweater looks amazing, and I love the Hue Loco combo for the Slipstravaganza shawl. I am happy I started that with the MKAL, though I wasnโ€™t able to keep up with it I will finish eventually

    1. I was pretty caught up in the Sharon MKAL and had a lot of projects to catch up on so I was a happy lurker watching others post their work. I think I’ll do the Hue Loco one first as it is MCN and will feel wonderful. Also, how can you go wrong with pink?

  4. Your Misurina looks great on you! The colors you chose are beautiful together. I agree with you. The Slipstravaganza shawls coming off needles are really amazing. I love any hue of orange and there was one that was posted on the Lolabean Yarn Co IG that was a stunner. I can’t wait to see yours. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Some of them are just stunning! I realized that I like them in mostly solid colors that allow all the design elements to shine. I will have to look for that orange one now. I saw one that was amazing in grey, white and pink. The color placement is kind of critical. I’m so glad I lagged behind on this one…

      I’m finishing the socks and some gloves this week and then I will be casting on. Woohoo!!!

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