Before we went to the fair I’d prepared a post and taken all the pictures. Unfortunately I never managed to write the actual post because there was so much left to do and so little time. I’ve also felt the need for a little break. I was so swamped that I really couldn’t manage to write coherently, so I decided to just wait.

I’m working on a new project as you can see. I’m one of those people who works a lot better with a lot of different things on my mind. I always get to a point where I have to think and calculate and make decisions, and at the moment it’s very hard to do so with two small children running (well.. at least one of them) around the house.

Deciding which colors should be in the sweater, for instance, is one of those things. I think about it, decide, and then I’ll encounter a bump in the road. Then I’ll see that it’s better if I add a few more colours so I end up with a nice balance.

This project is so Zen. I love everything about it. Every. Single. Thing.

That means I also love this side of the project. I don’t know who said it, or where I read it. It might have been one of those sewing blogs/ groups I follow on Flickr. I’m sorry I can’t reference you because it seriously changed my life, but one of the users was saying that her mother had taught her that the *inside* of a sewn garment should look as neat and finished as the *outside*.

It’s something that has seriously made me think about the way I see (and treat) the inside and outside of projects.

It also reminded me of a weaving course I bought on Interweave when I was completely into weaving. The instructor said that prepping is a part of the weaving proecess as much as the weaving is. And you should learn to enjoy and appreciate that part of the process too, because it’s just as valuable and important as the weaving is.

I’ve known this but I’ve never really treated my knitting with the same respect. Weaving in the ends is something you can do *while* knitting. Just take the yarn with you before you’re using that color, knit with it, and take the yarn with you again while you’re knitting with the other colour. This way you’ve woven the ends on boths sides without weaving the ends. You can do this with all of your knitting projects.

Why don’t we all take a moment to say goodbye to our friend the darning needle. At least as far as weaving in the ends goes πŸ™‚

Because of all the storms and dramatic weather conditions in other parts of the world, we had a very interesting effect in NL. Pretty isn’t it!

I’ve started the second sock! I love how the witch knits up πŸ™‚

I also started a bit of a crazy side project. We have sliding doors in the living room and we have cats, so we made a cat door in a plexiglass frame and put it in the sliding door. We have a fitted steel pipe that blocks the door from opening (it functions as a lock). This basically means the door is permanently open, very single day. It’s locked, you can’t open it from the outside at all, but the door itself doesn’t ‘close’ so it can get a bit chilly inside. I’m making a cover to push in between the layers of the door πŸ™‚ I’m using the remaining half ball of the Scheepjes Stardust I used for this vest.

In other news I restarted the Pikachu sweater for my son. I cast on about 50 stitches more than I did last time and I’m going to put the seam in the back.

I’m honestly still loving the fabric very much! I can’t wait to finish it and to see him wear it! He’s such a huge Pokemon fan πŸ™‚ He calls it Poo-Taa-Muuuhnnn <3

I’m also almost done with my whirl knitting project. I honestly can’t stop looking at this thing. Scheepjes Whirl has seriously blown me away. I can’t believe I was this prejudiced about a cotton/ acrylics combination. I had learned the hard way that knitting cotton (or any other plant based fiber for that matter) didn’t do my hands any good. Knitting with cotton caused lasting pain and I gave it up alltogether. Knitting with acrylics is something I stopped doing a long long time ago. I had some very bad experiences with acrylics and knitting projects that ended up in the dump because of the low quality.

When they announced the Whirl I was skeptical. Cotton and acrylics. I’ll be honest, I thought it was going to suck. But you know what. It didn’t suck. I made a crochet dressΒ using this yarn, and now I’m using it for my lace shawl pattern, and I’m completely won over. Scheepjes changed the game with this yarn. No pain, no strain, no pulling, nothing. The yarn is smooth, it’s round, bouncy and light. I absolutely love the stitch definition and the way it behaves as fabric. Bonus: it’s soooo soft (especially after it’s been washed). I’m hoping to finish this one one of these days! the pattern is already written out and so are the charts. I’m only needing a test knitter now (once it’s finished) and the pattern is go πŸ™‚

Another project! I’m testing our new yarn “lacetacular” πŸ™‚ woo! It’s a merino single, 100 grams=600m, handdyed by our own Sticks & Cups dyer (translation: my mom haha).

I’m working on a laceweight fade sweater and I can’t wait to get some other things done so I can have more time to work on this thing. I start way too many projects for the amount of time I currently have. I’m still not used to it I guess πŸ™‚

Sometimes things like this happen. Yarn. Somebody help me. What am I going to do with this πŸ™‚

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