So yesterday I had all kinds of things planned for today, as I had the day off from both jobs; how that managed to happen, I have no idea. These plans mostly included getting in the car and driving up along the lake until finding a spot that looked interesting, getting out and hiking around. And then I woke up to overcast skies, chilly air, and the smell of rain. Though it didn’t rain hard today, it did remain grey and dreary with spotty showers every so often. The wandering outside plans will keep until another day, one that is full of sunshine.
So instead the day was spent cleaning, organizing and reading. And now that it’s nighttime, it’s relaxing time. And what better way to relax than with swatching for a new sweater idea that I had the other day, and drinking a chai latte? I can’t think of one. This sweater will be different from any that I’ve made before; usually I knit sweaters from the collar down, and have down one sweater from the bottom hem up. For this one, I want to knit it sideways, from cuff to cuff in two pieces. The first piece will go across the arms and chest, and then I’m thinking I’ll pick up stitches and then knit down to the hem in the round. This is something I’ve been wanting to do for awhile, but haven’t been able to find either a stitch pattern or yarn that worked well together. I’m thinking maybe this time I have; we’ll see how the swatch goes. The yarn is from Queensland Collection and is called “Sugar Rush.” It’s 100% sugar cane viscose, and is so softly silky and drapey.
A few projects have been bound off and are waiting for blocking. One of them is a sweater, one is a skirt and the other is a shawl. The skirt and sweater don’t worry me, as they’ll just need moderate shaping, but the shawl is worrying me, as I’ve never had to aggressively block something before, and am scared that my cast-on might be a bit too tight and won’t stretch enough. Now I just need to convince myself to get blocking!