Monday, June 15, 2015

Things yarn and summer

This. This pullover, seemingly a simple matter of a few rectangles, is driving me bonkers. The sleeve-on-dpns with two striping colors [I am so tempted to cut the yarn at all the color changes and weave them in later, but the only thing I hate more than sitting in an increasingly tangled mess of more than one ball of yarn is weaving in ends] snags on itself and and the yarns twist and coil up together, besides which I have (the dread) modified the pattern ever so slightly, which means a bunch of notes to self so the second sleeve will turn out the same as the first. I can't stand fiddly things. Knitting is fun. Really, it is.

 

Never fear, there's still so much plain, crazy-free knitting to do. The garter stitch blanket grows, slowly, and it shouldn't reach the huge, lapful stage for quite awhile, which pleases me. The days still alternate between light and fog, driving rain and surprising little bursts of sunbeam through the golden clouds. Summer is happening in individual moments this year. We've been eating the barely-pink cherries one or two at a time, straight from the tree, so impatient for them. They are not yet even cherry-flavored, but just a small mouthful of tartness, a hint of things to come.

 

 

24 comments:

  1. Πολύ όμορφες φωτογραφίες!!!!

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  2. Big respect for all those colour changes!!! Can't wait to see it finished (and neither can you, I'll bet!). xxx

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  3. It's annoying when what should be simple and fun gets complicated.

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  4. I, too, love simple yarn work. I don't have the time in my season of life right now to do anything complicated. lol.

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  5. I hope some day I really do get past making scarves and moving on to other knitting of sweaters or blankets or something other than scarves! I love the room you are in. I especially love the blanket that is by the chair. Hope your cherries ripen soon :)

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  6. Love your sweater...what is the pattern?

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  7. It might be a pain... but it's REALLY pretty! I did a striped jumper recently and the yarn tangle struggles are real! xx

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  8. It will be worth it in the end, it is looking gorgeous. Beautiful environment to craft, such a peaceful room.

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  9. I know! Stripes can be so annoying but also are so freaking beautiful! Hang on there! ;-)

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  10. Oh! I just finished this very project, and yes it is so tedious but so worth the effort! And I love your yarn choices, very pretty!

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  11. I have quite a few knitting things on the go but I do my sleeves on circular needles using the magic loop. Jo x

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  12. I'm not really anonymous but that is the only way I can get this show on the road - my name is Susan and I live in England and I really am so glad to know that I am not alone in having a quadrillion big projects on the go. I seem to have a huge penchant for biting off more than I can deal with in one year. And I keep on finding new ones! Your little pooch is just the best I have ever seen and I too would spend all day kissing her sweet pink nose if I could. She can come and sleep on my sofa all day long - any time. Sweetness that she is. Read your blog always and wait impatiently for more posts and more pics of the pooch. Much love to you both - and to the handsome Doc. xx

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  13. Good luck with your pullover. I can't imagine all those color changes. The blanket sounds more my speed. I'm so jealous of your cherry tree. Yum!

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  14. Although it is frustrating you no end, the sweater is beautiful and I know it will be absolutely worth it in the end. The blanket sounds like a nice relaxing project for the days when the sweater is not making you happy.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  15. I love the colours of that sweater. Is the pattern from Purl Bee? I keep looking at it but fear stripes do my bosom no favours!

    I'm knitting my first ever sweater at the moment- I've made so many mistakes and it is nowhere near as pretty as yours but I remain pleased due to the achievement it represents. Onwards and upwards...

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  16. Two photos and no dog!!! He must have been busy elsewhere....

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  17. It's the notes to oneself that really do me in. Inevitably they get misplaced and I go off on these long hunts ... grrrr.
    Your sweater is very pretty, despite the aggravation. And I agree, knitting SHOULD BE, if nothing else, fun. I can see from back posts that you are a very talented and capable knitter, and sometimes the no-worry projects are needed to clear one's knitting cobwebs! I'm remembering that pink cabled number that you knit ... wowser.
    I miss Catdog.

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  18. I think the blog world has fallen in love with Catdog. So fallable-in-love-with is she. Susan England here.

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  19. Hey keep posting such good and meaningful articles.

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  20. I have been admiring this sweater since I first saw this post :) Would you please tell me where you found the pattern and what it's called? Thank you! Marlys<><

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    1. This pattern is the Striped Spring Shirt from Purl Soho: pattern here: http://www.purlsoho.com/create/2015/04/24/striped-spring-shirt/

      Mine has been unraveled in frustration--good luck to you! :)

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