As Spring emerges and warmer weather begins to slowly become the norm, I find I’m trying to work on everything at once. This happens to me every spring. I wake up with ideas in my head and I have to force myself to put away my work and stop creating so I can sleep each night.
Swatches to Solve Problems
Since the pattern has yet to be released, it should come as no surprise I’ve struggled to finalize the Oink Pigments pattern. I knit the sample this time last year, wrote the pattern about 6 months ago, and have been editing ever since. The issue is that I knit it first for me and my body; my proportions are different than for many so I’ve been working to find a solution that stays true to how it is knit and also is as size-inclusive as possible.
The solution was of course swatching!
After working up many swatches, two showed me that I’m finally on the right track. So I pulled out some LGF Suris to work up a bigger swatch. This took on a life of its own and has become a likely sample for another design in a similar yet different permutation of knits and purls!
Spinning S/Z and Silk
I’m slowly working on my S/Z spinning project. I find I’m more interested in spinning some mulberry silk hankies that will plan to take a bath with a few things from my garden. I’m excited about both of these projects, it feels very good to have spinning focus again. The studio is impatiently waiting for Ikea to have a new loveseat in stock so I can use the wheel more easily. I’ve been spindling everything, something I haven’t done in many years!
Gift projects and my scrap blankets are very slowly being worked up. They go in fits and starts around swatching, working on samples, and kitten snuggles. Dot loves to spend some time after lunch with me and the hexagon blanket.
There’s also frantic progress on a design commissioned for release in June. It’s been over a year since I last worked to this sort of deadline and I’m both excited and nervous.
I received my first jab of the vaccine last week and I encourage you to sign up as soon as you are eligible. I spent my 15 minutes wait working on a sock toe. You can search for a vaccine appointment at vaccinefinder.org. Every state is different, NYers can also sign up ny.gov/vaccine. We opted to go through the pharmacy network as our closest state run vaccine site is booked through late May. Please continue to mask up, maintain social distancing, and wash your hands.