Scraps & Stash Analysis

It’s been that time of year again here where the heavy textbooks come out and I spend my time either studying or worrying about studying. Thankfully, it’s all finished for now. But in the midst of studying and stress knitting on a scrap blanket, I took some time to stare at my stash and think about how I want it to look in the future.

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Beginning Dissolved

I sat in a coffee shop today. It’s been over four months since I’ve been able to do that and it felt like the luxury it probably is. Where I am, restrictions are starting to ease in line with falling cases. In the context of the world where I know this isn’t the case universally, the return to this one part of normality was incredibly bittersweet.

Having finished Vinterfjell by Skeindeer last weekend, I brought my new knitting project with me. It’s a steeked cardigan loosely based off the Pixelated Pullover by Jennifer Beaumont. The yarn is Baa Ram Ewe Titus, the majority of which I picked up in Glasgow around four years ago. It feels strange how much the world has changed since then.

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Vinterfjell and Fruit Scones

We had sunshine this morning. I went outside with my knitting and a cup of tea to enjoy it. It’s still early enough in the year, especially as far north as I am, that to be even remotely comfortable I needed two jumpers and a constant supply of hot drinks. Even still, it felt like an important milestone to celebrate.

I love the mornings spent outside with my knitting. I’m currently working on the Vinterfjell Jumper by Skeindeer. I powered through the yoke exactly as written, then hit the section on waist shaping and made a little bit of a mess. I’m now back on track, slowly but steadily heading for the ribbing at the bottom of the body.

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Batwoman Bag

I like planning out what I’m about to do before I start.

It makes me feel like a car mechanic, laying out the tools by the side of the car, thinking about what I’ll need where and making sure everything is accessible. In cooking videos, it’s become a thing too – everything pre-measured in little glass bowls just ready to be tipped in. It’s something I do for work, for cooking (without the glass bowls – too much washing up) and even for sewing.

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Watching Snow-heavy Skies

The colours of winter surprise me with how quickly they come and go in turn while the season as a whole lingers. The moment I get used to one, it has shifted again. We’ve had everything from crisp blue skies with pale white sunshine to heavy white clouds threatening snow. The entertainment of watching the skies is akin to slow TV for me – perfect for the days where everything beyond my knitting and a cup of tea is rather too much.

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My1l and My1r

Recently, I released a sock pattern, Pewter Heel Sock, which uses a number of different increases. There’s the usual m1 (‘make one’) increase in both left and right leaning forms, kfb (‘knit front and back’) and pfb (‘purl front and back’). However, I’ve also snuck in a lesser known my1 (‘make yarn-over one’) in there too. A stretchier sibling of the m1, I think definitely deserves some more love…

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Christmas in June

This morning, I went off for a late breakfast with my friend and boyfriend. There’s a cafe down the road from where I live that does an excellent bacon and fried egg roll. After quickly demolishing my breakfast, I pulled out my Star Wars Jumper and finished the colourwork for the first sleeve.

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