Two and a bit balls of yarn into a cardigan, realising you’ve made a mistake reading the pattern and have to unravel over a third of what you’ve knitted, clear the tangle of unravelled yarn, pick up dropped stitches, recount them and get back to work. And actually doing it.
Exactly a year ago I was preparing for a picnic with friends, enjoying the first properly hot day of the summer and celebrating my new-found freedom from regular employment.
Today I’m trying to get some work done (and no, it’s not freelance stuff – an office worker again, me), enjoying the cloudy coolness of the weather compared to the way too hot weekend – hurrah! – and wondering (ok, also worrying, but mostly wondering) where I’ll be a year from now.
Yesterday was supposed to be a very productive day in terms of preparing for that future a year, or a little less, from now. Instead I was too hot so, obviously, I baked (for a seriously good gluten free brownie, look no further – although I have to admit that I unhealthified the recipe by substituting oil & oat milk for applesauce; also, I wonder if a flax egg would work) and knitted (I’m learning to make a toe-up sock, and really liking it, except for the cast-off which I can’t make stretchy enough). I took pictures but couldn’t be arsed to do anything about blogging them…
And that’s me on this day of freedom to some.
First there was some nice red merino wool yarn and a pattern in Stitch ‘n Bitch Crochet: The Happy Hooker. Oh, and one fairly novice crocheter. Things didn’t turn out terribly well:
I kept that hat for a couple of years but never really wore it. I had some yarn left as well, so finally a few weeks ago I ripped the hat. But what to do with all the nice yarn?
Another hat had to happen. I found a Sarah Hatton pattern that was simple, yet different (Cloche Hat, available here). I’ve always knitted my hats in the round; this one was knitted flat and sewn together. It had cable details – an excuse to test my new cable needles – and it seemed very warm. Plus it was a very quick knit. But. Butbutbut. The finished hat just didn’t suit my head at all. There was no way I was going to wear it any more than the crocheted one.
I gave the hat away today and can only hope that its new owner finds it wearable. Still, another elevens project completed…