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As I’ve mentioned before, I’m currently working on a secret test knit, so since I have no progress I can share, I’ll be talking about some projects I finished pre-blog. Up today is the first garment test I ever did, the Golden Horizon Sweater!
- Pattern: Golden Horizon by Tina Tse
- Yarn: Valley Superwash DK in Misty Lilac and Malabrigo Mechita in Atomic
- Timeline: Cast on 6/30/19; cast off 8/23/19
This was the first test I did for Tina, and I really like it! I love the contrasting stripes, it was very addicting to knit because you were like “ooh. let me get to the next stripe!” I’ve said this before, but this would be another great pattern to use a a special indie dyed skein and more affordable yarn for the main body. My friend Jen actually made this using yarn she got in Paris from La Bien Aimee for the contrasting skein! The DK weight does make it go pretty quickly, this took me just under two months on the calendar, but there were several days where I didn’t work on it at all, it looks like 26 total days of knitting. If I were to knit this again, I might try to make the neckline a little smaller, it does tend to sit a little broad on my shoulders. I also wore this to Rheinbeck 2019, and ran into someone else wearing the same sweater!
In terms of the test knit, it’s… going. The pattern is knit at a tight gauge, has no stockinette or garter sections, and is big and complex. There’s been some mistakes in the pattern, I misunderstood instructions, and had to tear out like 3000 stitches. The pattern isn’t also fully completed which is honestly really frustrating since I don’t really know how much I need to knit to get the thing done on time! I think I’m really going to like the end product but getting there is a bit tough. I’ve been working steadily for a week and basically have to do this for another month….
Life in general is also honestly a bit of a struggle right now. I had a ridiculous week with church meetings, I had one every day from Sunday – Friday and then will have one again today. There’s so much going on and people and situations are being a bit frustrating. I’m not feeling confident at work, even though it’s not been too busy. In general, I’m really feeling the stress of it all, and yea this week was of course the one year anniversary of the pandemic which is… you know… crazy. So many of you have written touching and insightful reflections and I’m not really in a place to do that but I’ll just say I’m endlessly thankful for all the stability I’ve had this year in the midst of so much pain, grief, and uncertainty in the world. It was really nice to spend some time outside this week, Thursday and Friday were in the low 60s! I took the last two hours of work calls outside on Thursday, and then on Friday I was able to eat lunch outside and walk around a little since I had taken the day off from work. Now of course it’s cold again, but spring is coming and that gives me hope!
Have a good week everyone, I’ll see you here again next week for another project from the past!