My moth paranoia is always quite high and now sweater weather is back I wanted to sort knitwear storage. After a bunch of YouTube videos and looking online I found some bags designed for woollens. I also bought silica gel sachets for when I store skeins, fibre and accessories in plastic to help avoid moisture. Really happy with this new storage and makes me realise ‘where’s the rush to knit more jumpers?’
The shop is almost out of my stock now and Christmas isn’t too far away so I am slowly making a return to felting.
I felted fabric for one lampshade and then made a small piece of felted autumnal colours to cut out some leaf shapes for a project. (Once cut out they will be felted a little more to heal the edges.)
Well after lots more knitting and getting down to the waist of my Winding Down jumper, I still wasn’t happy so I ripped it all the way back to the collar (where the change for size M2 and L starts)!
The designer, Heidi Kirrmaier, suggested I could still knit the large and just omit the back increases below the yoke but now I’ve started on the smaller size I will see how it goes.
The good news is I have no shortage of other woolly jumpers and cardigans to keep me warm in the meantime, so I’m not going to rush this project. Why am I constantly rushing with projects? I will take my time and rip back again if needed, hopefully the yarn will cope.
It seems like it has been months since I did any spinning. I don’t know where my spinning mojo went but I have made a start on spinning baby camel and silk fibre from Coastal Colours. This is my 4th lot from them and it’s a gorgeous purple and turquoise. It’s my favourite fibre to spin so seems a good fibre to help get my mojo back.
I think I’ve had a bit of post holiday blues, it’s been a week of unpacking, laundry, kitchen finalising, cleaning and ripping back my jumper project and some rainy days. Also holiday weight gain + eating junk this week means I’m feeling heavy and sluggish.
Whilst we were on holiday the caterpillars decimated my broccoli plants so not sure we will have any in spring, and we are down to eating some self seeded potatoes growing in my sweet pea container and a few last beetroot. I can’t remember the last time we had to buy veg from the supermarket but will do next week.
What has been good is that sweater weather has arrived! I’ve been wearing my latest Quick Sand cardigan and from Wednesday it was cold enough for me to be wearing a hat, cowl, my new mitts and my cardigan with a body warmer and rain coat. Woohoo!
(I Googled body warmer to see if that’s what American’s call it as well and found this interesting blog. https://separatedbyacommonlanguage.blogspot.com/2007/08/jumpers-sweaters-and-like.html)
I went to see the new James Bond film at the cinema!! My first time inside a cinema since seeing Parasite in February 2020. This is probably the longest period I’ve gone without a cinema visit in 30 years! If you like Bond films go see it ASAP.
I decorated the house with the 3 autumn garlands my host mom* from Michigan sent me years ago and they are cheery and also bring her to mind 🥰
*30 years ago (!!!) I was an au pair to her 3 children and we are still in touch.
This is a Year of Projects post. Officially the Group is in its 11th year, but this is my 4th year participating. If you would like to find more about the Year of Projects Group on Ravelry.