So those of you who know me IRL know that I haven’t been quite my fully mobile self of late. For those of you that haven’t heard, about a month ago I had a minor accident that lead to a seemingly minor injury that turned out to be not so minor. As a result I’ve been on crutches for 4 weeks. No need to worry, I am convinced I will be fine sooner or later, but I’m still not fully healed and the truth is it’s been a total drag what with starting classes and everything. But here’s the good news: about a week ago in Philly the weather turned a bit colder (although it’s likely temporary). There was also a great deal of rain, much of which happened to coincide perfectly with the days I didn’t have class, and I honestly didn’t have too much homework (relatively speaking). This combined with a need to stay in bed with an elevated foot more often than not has led to a lot of knitting of late. So I’ve got some nicely progressing WIPs to show you.
This little pile of ribbing is the start of a cardigan I cast on ages ago. It seemed like a good idea to get started on the Sixteen Button Cardigan in May so I’d have plenty of time to power through for Fall. Of course since I’m making it out of the amazingly sheepy Black Welsh Mountain yarn I picked up from Prick Your Finger in London, the heat that arrived not so long after I got started made it completely unbearable to touch. But the chilly drafts and cozy covers made it just the thing to pick back up this week and I’ve made a few inches of progress since.
The sweater has been splitting time with a few other things. Here’s the start of my versions of westknits’s Daybreak shawl. The dark green is Sunshine Yarns Soft Sock in Thicket. I have had this yarn for some time and I think it is so beautiful, but for whatever reason I’ve had a hell of a time trying to figure out what to do with it. It’s started to become at least four different things and I’m never quite happy. I refuse to accept that it is cursed though so I keep trying. This time I think it has finally stuck. I had the idea to use it for this shawl and I wanted to pair it with an oatmeal colored yarn so one day I managed to make it out to an LYS not too far from my new place and I picked up some Plymouth Prima Alpaca. My friend asked what I thought about the difference in fiber and I actually like it. Soft sock is on the fuzzy side for a sock yarn so while the alpaca is fuzzier yet it doesn’t seem mismatched. It’s going to be a very cozy shawl once it’s finished.
The last project that’s been getting some face time is a Cairn hat for my guy who has gone above and beyond the call of helpfulness over the past few months. I’m just beginning to try and repay him, because as he’s reminded me once or twice I owe him big time.
I also have a stack of things sitting around that are fully knit up and waiting to be blocked. I’m not yet ready for anything as labor intensive as blocking (ha! shows you how limited my activities really are) and I haven’t been able to unpack enough to find my blocking mats yet, but soon hopefully those can become real, true life FOs. So keep your fingers crossed that I’m on the mend.