Progress is slow

Hey there, how are you all doing? Hope everyone is staying safe, looking after their physical, mental, and spiritual health in light of the COV-19 pandemic. It’s kind of scary, but also really interesting to be living through this time and seeing how governments and people are reacting. Here in the Northeast US, I feel like the federal government isn’t doing enough but I do feel like local governments and people are starting to step up. It’s definitely causing a lot of angst, but I’m hoping we can “flatten the curve.” I’m really lucky – I don’t have any underlying health conditions, and I can work from home with ease and was already set up to do so. I worked from home today, and will tomorrow, even though we haven’t officially closed offices. Though today the governor encouraged everyone to WFH, so it’s honestly kind of surprising we haven’t. We’ll see what happens I guess – I just personally feel like there is no need for me to go into the office, especially since I take public transportation, and I am NOT paying Hartford parking feels on top of everything else. This is one place where I can use my privilege- I’m doing everything I can to not be a carrier to other, more vulnerable people. Thinking a lot about the people that don’t have the same luxuries I do and hoping for better times ahead for us all.

Okay, well that was really more than I expected to write, but there you go. It’s the world in which we live I guess. On to the knitting! The biggest thing I’m working on right now is my Valentine’s Day shawl. I finished the second repeat of the hearts, and was really happy with the size, so I started a small edging. Though progress is slow because I tried one edging, got through a few repeats, then decided it was too big and lacy and didn’t go with rest of the shawl, so ripped it out and started over. And the last and only other time I’ve done an applied knit edging was in 2015 so like, I forgot how long they take?? It’s a bit fiddly to keep switching, and each repeat of 12 rows only takes up 6 stitches of the shawl and I have close to 300 I think. So yeah… this will definitely be a labor of love. But I don’t know, I’m not really rushing to finish it. Just enjoying the act of creation on this one.

Bliss

Oh man, that picture is so satisfying, Hand drawn charts made me happy. I found the pattern online, but wanted a print version to keep track of the repeats and to take it to knitting club or whatever if needed. I have this little graph paper Moleskin notebook that I love so much. Perfect for small little charts like this, I also used it for the Hitofude, which I knit when I didn’t have a printer.

Also, meet Angel! He’s technically my roommate’s cat as she’s responsible for keeping him fed, clean, and happy but he sometimes deigns to hang out with me. Such a handsome boy!

So satisfying

The other major project I’m working on (besides putting in stockinette rows of my Druid circle sweater during WFH conference calls) is a new test knit (surprise, surprise). The pattern is called Noah’s Landing and I found the test through Fiberly. This is an interesting one because the pattern has already been released, but the designer was looking for testers for some larger sizes. This one is very chill, there isn’t even a Ravelry group or anything. The pattern is a summer tank top, and I’m knitting it out of some yarn I bought through Webs. This is my first time working with cotton and bamboo, and I’m liking it. Here’s what I have so far – you knit the body sideways, so this will be going around the body.

Almost three repeats in

So, that’s what’s happening in my life. To end on a lighter note, did you know that COVID-19 can be sung to the tune of “Come on Eileen”? Good luck getting THAT song out of your head for the foreseeable future.

12 Comments Add yours

  1. Your shawl and test knit both look great! And Angel is a very handsome boy 🙂 Glad you are able to WFH and stay safe!

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  2. Katie says:

    I LOVE your test knit!! Lovely!

    I’m glad to hear you’re doing okay with the COVID-19 scare and that you can continue your life with minimal disruptions!

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  3. Julia says:

    The song reference made me laugh out lous, seriously – thank you!! I don’t want to comment much on the US politics here, but I do hope that something is doen for people who don’t have health care, cannot afford to leave their jobs, be tested. etc.

    Hand-drawn charts are great!! I do that all the time for me, especially if I need just the chart and don’t want to drag the printout or the book with me wherever I go, or if it doesn’t fit comfortably in my nest on the couch. 😉 I hear you on the knitted borders – I did my last one last year, and … yeah. It can be a little draining, it’s charming at first and then goes old surprisingly fast.

    The cotton top looks GREAT!! Such a crispy clean stitch definition! It will look great, I’m sure.

    Give angel a kiss from me, and have a nice weekend! 🙂

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    1. Yes definitely- we have to take care of everyone in the community, and I’m a bit worried that won’t happen but time will tell
      Have a nice weekend!

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  4. That’s a pretty wave pattern on the top. How does cotton and bamboo feel? I really want to try some.

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    1. It’s nice. Very silky and smooth. At this gauge I think it’s going to be a nice drapery top

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  5. Alissa Head says:

    🎶 COVID-19🎶 ohh I swear 🎶 at this moment🎶 you are everythinnnng Thanks for that!

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  6. CURSE YOU FOR TELLING ME THAT ABOUT COVID 19!!! The shawl looks great.

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    1. 🤣 sorry, not sorry! I am suffering from the earworm and now you will too!

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  7. nanacathy2 says:

    WFH is the way to get through this. Your knitting is amazing, such complicated patterns. Cat’s just can’t resist a knitter at work. Stay safe.

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  8. pammiemk says:

    Beautiful stitches! ❤️ Stay safe

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  9. bonnyknits says:

    Your projects are so fun & interesting!!

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