Don’t Come Any Closer…

… as it would seem that over Christmas and Boxing Day, I’ve managed to come down with The Plague. I’ve done nought but sit and blow my nose, listen to audiobooks and when I can manage the needles, knit a bit. I may try to read a real book today, I owe friends from my writing blog some reviews. I hate losing time to illness but there it is.

For whatever lunatic reason, I opted to start a project on the 19th December… oh right! Stymied by a Tunisian stitch on the “Marisol cardigan and now waiting for a stitch dictionary. I can’t have idle hands and housework doesn’t count so I began “Revontuli“. It’s a free pattern on Ravelry and has been translated into English. What I looked for specifically was a pattern that would be simple in appearance and use up 241 grams of glorious handspun from Turtlepurl.

I’m loving it so far, the picture below shows the beginning though I’ve made it to the end and my planned modification of one full extra repeat before the garter eyelet edge and cast off.

Revontuli Shawl - start

It’s become heavy so not sure if I’ll finish today – weak as a kitten and facing with dread a walk to the drugstore for more flu meds. The green has come into the mix and stayed and there is the most subtle of striping effects happening. The yarn itself is glorious, I really love handspun and this is special having been bought direct from Genevieve at The Almonte Fibre Festival, just over a year ago. The fibre mix is such a pleasure to work with, drapey now and with a lovely sheen. The slightly thick ‘n thin thread adds some textural interest. Can’t wait to finish.

With that, I’m back to bed. Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday 🙂

Why Yes, There HAS Been A Little Knitting

Sometimes, it’s just a question of “What ball will I drop this week?”

The workplace move went very well, all things considered. Moving technology is always dicey but, we’re up and more or less running with the expected glitches.

The unexpected fallout is the low-level stress. I’m back to commuting after a year, not far but it’s time and expense that has been added into the mix. That coupled with my desk is configured the opposite to what it was. Sounds silly but I keep reaching for things that aren’t where my hands think they should be!

That being the case, I’m a little discombobulated when I get home at night and if I can manage soup  and maybe to write a line or knit a row, I’m calling that for a win. Forget reading, I’m much too scattered!

Revontuli is my “no brainer” knit and so is getting all of the loves. The colour shifts are fully in play now and so I can forgive the Kauni for not being the nicest yarn I’ve ever worked with.

#revontuli #shawl #knitting #lazyblogposts #pointeshoespunkrockandpurl

Even on the wrong side, you can see how subtly the colours blend. This I do love and I’m looking forward to finishing up this last section 🙂

#newoffice #settledandworking #andgo

The work move went exceptionally well with only a few minor glitches. No mean feat when you’re talking a Government office, healthcare records, electronic equipment and phones! I have been known to cry at previous moves – OCD and MAJOR glitches – and that was moving within our old building! Hat’s off to our IT guys and the movers. I had seven boxes to unpack. I couldn’t believe  that but was unpacked and moved in shortly before lunch. Being back to commuting via bus had potential to be a huge hassle but, even that is not bad. A single bus, virtually door to door and though I lose the exercise of walking, the timing is almost the same. Yay! Now, the task of catching up the previous lost week begins.

As to the knitting, some good progress on Stargazer:

Revontuli Progress ~1

When WIP’s Overwhelm…

… Begin a new project!

Works for me anyway 🙂

I’m working diligently at the border for Peter Pan and have begun working the second side; about one quarter through. My Tipsy Lizzy is going very well, approximately halfway done now. Unfortunately, both are at a size where they are awkward to bring to work or appointments, so it’s slow going in my “spare” time. The Revontuli was calling me and so too my long-stashed Kauni and so I decided today to cast on. I never hold myself to finishing a project before beginning another. The inner teenager gets too unruly!