As much as I would like to post some photos of some of the sewing projects I have in the works, for the last week the craft room has been taken over by scrapbooking. And I mean taken over. There is zero possibility of doing anything other than paper crafting right now, despite the purchase last summer of a cute little garage sale table for the express purpose of having “designated crafting spaces”- wishful thinking. I have several months to catch up on, so I’m not sure how long this will take, or how many months I will get through before I need to take a break and do some sewing.
Knitting, however, is not a craft room activity, so I have been making progress on a new project on that front, the Honeybee sweater. This pattern has been in my Ravelry queue for quite some time, and after frogging another sweater that just didn’t turn out well, I got started on Honeybee. The yarn is Manos del Uruguay in Corsage, and is probably my favourite yarn in terms of colour that I have ever purchased. I love the tonal purples, and am really liking how the colour is working with the lace in the pattern. Unfortunately it’s not a great day to take pictures, but something is better than using your imagination! There was a lot of swatching and thinking before casting on for this sweater, as reading the notes from others’ project pages revealed that the pattern is very stretchy. This isn’t a bad thing, but being pregnant and planning to nurse for several months means that deciding which size to cast on requires thought. You can view my Ravelry project page here.
An Instagram ‘conversation’ with another maker confirmed that I’m not the only one who goes through this overthought of size selection; planning for a growing/shrinking body and then nursing after that kind of takes away the desire to make clothes for myself, although baby and kids clothes are always fun for me.
I just finished a quick pair of Lillebrors vintersko baby booties, and I tried out a new yarn, which was nice for such a small project. You can view my Ravelry project page here. I am likely going to knit a matching bonnet once I find a pattern that I like, but I have run into one big problem lately when it comes to pattern selection… all the cutest baby patterns are in Danish, Norwegian or Swedish! A few of them are translated, but it sucks when you find a beautiful pattern on Instagram or Ravelry, only to be disappointed in your lack of foresight that learning a nordic language would be so important :p Check out my favourites on Rav, you’ll quickly see what I mean. I have to hand it to these designers, they are so talented and have such a sense of style. If you’re one of these amazing designers and are looking for English test-knitters, let me know!