It is a grey and blustery day outside, making me even more thankful that there is nothing I have to do today and can spend all my time knitting on my latest project. I was a busy girl the last few days, trying to clean up my to-do list so that I would have today free to knit. The housework is done: the floors vacuumed and mopped, the laundry washed, folded and put away, and the bathrooms sparkling and clean. So, after I write this, I’m going to get out my needles and slip into the soothing motions of knitting and let the wind blow outside and be warm and cozy inside.
Before I get to the latest project on my needles, I have an update on my husband’s Basic Ribbed Socks. They’re finished AND they fit! Oh happy day. He has a very high instep. I honestly didn’t really follow the pattern once I got to the heel. Knit a slip-stitch heel and continued on from memory from knitting other socks. This is excellent – I feel as though I have somewhat mastered sock knitting – at least top-down, heel flap constructed socks. I know there are plenty of other techniques I could/should try, and I will, maybe… I’m a little worried the socks won’t stay up on his leg as there really isn’t a cuff, so the top of the socks kind of roll over.
I knit a really long heel flap – 28 repeats of the 2 rows for the slip-stitch heel. I think this is about double what I would knit for my own foot. I had my doubts, but it all seemed to work out. They fit right off the needles, though he said they felt a little tight. Once blocked, he said they fit fine and he wore them right away. This is very satisfying. It’s great to knit for yourself, but I really would like to be able to knit for others. With two pairs of socks gifted now, I’m feeling a little more confident about knitting socks for other people – so long as I have a number of measurements for their feet, including the length from their ankle bone to the floor.
Many knitters don’t like finishing work. This is what I’ve heard. They enjoy casting on and knitting, but do not like the fiddly stuff at the end. I’m the opposite. I dislike casting on. I get very anxious about it and will even put off casting on because of it. Partly it’s because casting on is ugly. It usually takes a few rows before it starts to look like something, and all that time I’m thinking how ugly it looks and that I should rip it out and start again. Often I do, multiple times, though I’m getting better.
Well, after knitting a swatch, I cast on for my Pacific Breakwater on February 23. I’m glad I swatched, for a number of reasons, but the main one is that it gave me the chance to get familiar with the yarn. I tried my wood needles but the yarn didn’t glide on them so I switched to my metal needles. The yarn is Hazel Knits Entice MCN - 70% superwash merino, 20% cashmere, 10% nylon. It is so soft and light and airy. I literally spent days online searching for yarn for this project. The moment I saw this colourway, the choice was made. It is called Pacific, hence my project name, Pacific Breakwater. I love, love, love this colour and this yarn. This is the second time I’ve worked with Hazel Knits yarn and I have to say, it is probably my favourite yarn to date.
I purchased my yarn at Twisted in Portland. Excellent customer service and fast delivery.
I’ve knit up the neck trim and I’m about a quarter of the way through the yoke shaping. I’m full of doubts. My dreams last night were full of knitting, my mind unable to stop thinking of this even in sleep. The fabric seems too open and my increases look sloppy. I keep asking myself if this is what it is supposed to look like, but I have no experience and will simply have to soldier on and hope for the best. If there is no wearable sweater at the end, I will have been through the process and will have learned a lot. If I do have a wearable sweater at the end, what a lovely bonus that will be. Wish me luck!