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Catch-up

I keep waiting for the inevitable low that follows the high of being finished my masters, but so far it hasn’t hit. I’m still deliriously happy. The happy, however, is in danger of wearing off when my bank account is completely emptied (and that day is approaching at a worrying speed) and I still lack any sort of, um… career. But the fact that there are approximately zero jobs to be had here in my chosen field makes the job search kind of depressing. So for the last little while I have been burying my head in the sand and treating myself to the twin pleasures of knitting and copious amounts of movie-watching. Such happy bedfellows, both!

Though I don’t have much to show yet, I thought a quick run-through of what I’ve been working on was in order because lately I keep forgetting to blog things until they’re finished. Or to blog at all, really, but let’s gloss over that for the moment, ‘kay? So I shall now dazzle you with a fashion show of current WIPs, plus one (alarmingly dull) finished knit.

Stripes

This yarn has gone through at least three previous sock incarnations, all disappointingly ripped before they got very far. But after some tips from Elin this one is coming along much better, and I’m halfway through the second sock.

Cables

More sock action here in the form of the Cozy Cables socks. Love this pattern oh so much. The first sock is done, and patiently awaiting its mate. Soon, soon, my pretty.

Next up is a cardigan which is modelled on Parikha’s beautiful cardiganized hourglass, but I’m just making up my version as I go since I don’t have the pattern and figured I didn’t need it. We’ll see about that…

Is this half...

And lastly, in a rare act of knitterly altruism (or last-minute desperation, if we’re being honest) I knit something for someone else: gloves for my Dad for his birthday. I knit him a hat too, but ran out of yarn just before the end so I’ll photograph it once it’s fixed and finished.

Dad's gloves

(Kindly ignore how ridiculous they look on me – they were made for much larger, Dad-sized hands.)

The pattern for these is Ken from Berroco, and the yarn is Rowan Cocoon, which is exceptionally warm and snug. They’re fairly boring gloves (what with the plain grey and all) but my dad adores them, so I reckon they’ve served their purpose.

Now though, I feel a baking urge hitting me so I’m off to trawl through some recipe books. Happy weekend everyone!

Please excuse me while I pull my hair out, slowly.

So, remember my excitement about getting the yarn for my february lady sweater? I had vague doubts about whether I really wanted the cardigan itself or not, but I definitely wanted to knit it, so I cast on straight away.

Taking shape

And like that, my hesitations were gone. It was love! Who could resist that delicious green? Not I, it seemed. Um, until I finished the first skein of yarn and hard to start a second. Which turned out to be a COMPLETELY DIFFERENT COLOUR! Oh the devastation.

Hmmm

See the way the colour changes about halfway down there? And it was WAY more pronounced in reality. Couldn’t stay. So I ripped back to the yoke and decided to alternate skeins for the body (which I should have done from the start, obvs, but shhh). Initially I thought everything was dandy again, but now… Meh. The colour blends better now, but none of the other skeins I have are really as nice a colour as the one I knit the yoke in. And I really fell for that one, so now nothing else will do. Why they are all so different is beyond me. Yeah yeah, handpainted, I know, but still. So now I’m kind of back to thinking I just don’t really want this sweater at all, that I’m just too suggestible and peer pressure made me do it in the first place. ‘Cept every time I see another lovely one appear on ravelry I want it all over again. Sigh.

Anyway I decide to set it aside for awhile and go back to the blue sweater I was working on. Just sleeves to go, so I need to pick out buttons for the shoulder placket it will have. Initial options are as follows:

But which?

Thoughts? Opinions? It’s looking like the middle ones right now, but I may go nuts and find different ones altogether. Green perhaps? The possibilities are endless!