Thank God for knitting! It is about the only thing keeping me sane right now. I won't get into all the gory deets, but let's just say this pregnancy is less than fun at the moment. I've been dying to get at my sewing machine and bring into reality all of the million quilt-y ideas swirling around in my head. And last week I even had a few rare bursts of inspired energy and indulged in a few marathon patchwork sessions. But as a result, I paid the price so back to my evenings in bed it is. Luckily I'm surrounded by some ridiculously luxurious yarns to keep my busy.
I finished my new sweater, Sedum by Jane Richmond, a few weeks ago, and I love it. There are a few things I'd do differently if I was to knit it again, but in general I'm quite happy with the results and hope to get a lot of wear out of it next fall (and hopefully be able to button it further down my middle at that point!) Right now it's making a great cozy jacket for those rare crisp dry days we have up here this time of year. And I love how long it is - it even covers my expanding backside!
The yarn is none other than my very favorite, Madelinetosh, in the Bulky weight in the Thyme color way. It's a super soft merino wool and I hope to use it for another heavy cold weather sweater again soon. I didn't alternate skeins, and as a result there is a tiny bit of color pooling, which I know bothers some folks, but for me is just part of the beauty of hand-dyed yarns.
I'm also finishing up a sweet little cardi for Lucy, also using Madelinetosh yarn, this time in the 80/10/10 merino-cashmere-nylon base. This will be her Easter sweater. The pattern is the ever-popular Tiny Tea Leaves, and is a simple and satisfying knit. I can't wait to make a big one for me too!
All this lying about has gotten me lots of time to discover many new beautiful yarns (to-die-for Sanguine Gryphon Bugga pictured below). Who ever knew that yarn, like fabric, could be elusive, hard to find and hoard-worthy? I had heard of people who had yarn stashes the way I have a big fabric stash, but I never understood it. Since I learned to knit, I had always found a project I wanted to take on and then find a yarn to use. Now here I am, with more gorgeous yarns than my snail-paced hands could ever knit in a year. Dare I say yarn hoarding could be even more addicting than fabric hoarding? Yes, I am aware I have a problem, but I am waiting to address any character flaw issues until after this big old baby is born. For now, I think I have enough to work on:)