I think that one of the things I’ll never get tired of are FO posts. Meet my latest finished object: Balsam. I think it helps that I’ve already knit this at least twice, because it was quite a quick transition from yarn to fabric.
The pattern is clear and well written, so there’s actually not a lot of room for error (unless you misread it like I did the first time lol). It’s worked top-down and is adjustable to different sizes. So if you’d like the cowl to be wider or longer it’s easy to do so.
Even though I had some doubts about the yarn choice at first, I’m happy now that it’s knit up. I usually try not to knit with cotton yarns because they make my wrists hurt (because they don’t stretch and I strain my hands). I usually notice when it’s already too late and it’s hurting, but for some reason it didn’t really bother me this time.
The yarn really shows off the twisted stitches and the spiral. I love the ‘denim’ look, but next time I’ll choose the single color version (the plus has these color changes, while the normal cotton-merino is just one color). I like the way it turned out, so I’m not going to bother with another one haha. Also: for a cowl it’s not as bad, but if you knit something with bigger shape changes you might get pooling and I’m not really a fan.
Overall, this is a very nice pattern and the yarn works the way I hoped it would. I now love the edges a lot because this yarn and garter rib go so well together <3 I hadn’t knit with this yarn before, but I think I’ll use more of it for future projects. I hope it doesn’t shed or pill, but I guess I’ll find out soon enough 🙂
I used four balls of 50 grams and this is all that’s left. I think it means I could’ve knit maybe 2 or 3 more rows, but I honestly didn’t feel like playing yarn chicken.. I’ve pulled the short end of the stick way too often..
And while we’re talking about socks: I’m working on a new pair. These are for DH, so I’m keeping my word about not giving any socks away (except the ones I’m working on for my brother).
In other news spring has murdered winter.
Even though I love seeing green things grow, the knitter in me is a bit miffed about skipping winter. I look at my instagram feed and the blogs I read and I admit I feel jealousy. I get it. Snow is a lot of fun on the first few days, and after a while it just sucks (at least over here it does). It’s magical and awesome and the world goes silent, then you see the first tracks and after a while it becomes a disgusting, gray slush that will freeze into a solid mass of ice on the roads. Then there will be more snow and grocery shopping becomes very interesting indeed.. But I still get very jealous when I see those magical, snowy pictures <3
I’m already excited about planting things in this (currently dead) garden.
In other knitting news: I bought another skein of Malabrigo than I intended. Cordovan was a bit too reddish for my taste, so I bought Chocolate Amargo instead. This is a darker brown and is much nicer as a contrasting color for my Oranje (which will not be oranje this time).
And while I online shopping at Stephen+Penelope I decided to buy myself an early <insert favorite excuse> present! I’ve coveted this book for a long time, and it’s finally miiiine <3