grey days

We’ve had a bit of spring weather with some lovely sunny days and warmish afternoons, but there are still more cloudy cold rain/snow filled ones than not. We even had a hail storm earlier this week ..oh poor car!

Feeling extra delicate lately, with these ghostly wools and foggy bag views.

I really wanted to make this shawl with thread weight, but I also wanted it to not take me 3 years to finish. I love fine crochet so much, and wish I had more tolerance for larger projects. Today, sport weight wins and while this crochet hook is incredibly gorgeous, I feel like I could snap it with my mind.

More than halfway,  for scale the hook is 6¾” long.

I don’t talk too much about these hooks, because I’ve had quality issues almost every time I’ve ordered them, and to get semi complete sets of semi perfect hooks took a lot of back a forth between myself and the company. Although the company was always really great about resolving any issues quickly and without fuss, it became frustrating to always expect there would be something wrong with my order, wrong size/kind sent, bad etching, surface bubbles, chips, resin defects. But dang, when they’re good, they’re just so good.

Cream Streamline Swirl: G/4.0 – G+/4.5 – H/5.0 – I/5.5 – L/7.0 – N/9.0

(Note: My hook collection is older, it’s been a few years since I ordered anything, so current experiences might be different.)

Everything I love about each one being absolutely unique, beautiful and one of a kind, is exactly what I hate when trying to have a uniform collection. Currently under the spell of functional art. It’s a weird relationship.

Cookie Streamline Swirl: G/4.0 – G+/4.5 – H/5.0 – I/5.5 – J/6.0 – M/8.0

There really isn’t a final border on this shawl, it finishes with just a simple row of dc, which is so nice because I wet block everything and pinning out shawl points and curves is miserable, and I’m not really a ornate edging kind of person ..but I couldn’t resist adding the tiniest baby scallop border (my standard move).

I also used up a chunk of stash wool, not quite all of it, but still feels good.

This dress, it’s one of my favorite sews and seeing this shawl layered up with it, has all the old timey “Ma up early on a chilly morning making griddle pancakes” mood that my wannabe prarie life requires.

Pattern: Minai Shawl by Jasmin Räsänen
Wool: Finull by Rauma in colorway 452

Closeup of that cutie scallop aka pie crust edging ♡

There, pair it with one of my favored functionally obsolete technologies and the look becomes somehow instantly modern.

Just a hat kinda day.

All the lavender pinks to the front please.

I think this will be the 4th or 5th Oslo Hat I’ve made, first one with the updated pattern from March 2021. Mostly because I’m curious on what’s different ..and with chilly mornings & evenings setting in, it feels extra cozy to make woolly things.

I’m holding two strands of fingering weight together (like the pattern suggests), but I’m using two different colors for a soft marled effect. Cute boring stuff happening here.

Ok, first thing, the fold up brim is now joined on the needles instead of sewn, and honestly I kinda missed the whipstitched join of the original (this of course comes from someone who enjoys hand sewing), even still, I had a little bit of a tough time picking up stitches, because it’s not provisionally cast on (which gives you live stitches to work with), so you are literally just picking up a stitch in each cast on stitch and knitting it together with the stitch on the needle. Bonus – there is a video if you need assistance and you only use one circular needle ..but it’s tight work, like real tight. Also, I really hate the messy ball stage, ugh..

P. S I made the oranges smell like oranges! 🍊

16 rows deep, the hustle is setting in. I have to use a counter so I don’t f-up the decreases, not really for keeping count, just for knowing if I’m on an even or odd numbered round. ODD = remember to do the flipping decreases, EVEN = you’re doing great doing nothing. Oh, and remember when there aren’t many stitches left, stop and re-read the pattern, you’re almost done and there is a good chance in your race to finish, you will screw this up.

It’s funny, this is also the point where I really push the limits to see how few stitches I can continue to work using my 16″ circulars, before giving in and switching to double points, I don’t know why that switch out seems like such a damn chore.

The only other notable difference between the original Oslo and the updated pattern are the decrease stitches, it’s a different combo and there is now a stitch between them, I like the feathered look.

Squishy, freckled and done.

Cute, with a pinch of rage at the end.

I just want you to know, this is being counted as the first sweater of the season.

p.s This is also an average sized sink with a tiny sweater, not a giant sink with an average sized sweater (if you were wondering).

Cardigan Pattern: Trio of Top Down Sweaters by Julie Williams of Little Cotton Rabbits.

(Links lead to ravelry, patterns also available on the Little Cotton Rabbits website.)

Now if I were only 9″ tall Spring/Summer edition.

Dress Pattern: Seasonal Dresses, with the Peter Pan Collar add on, both from Little Cotton Rabbits.

Bunny Pattern: Bunny with a striped sweater also by Little Cotton Rabbits.

Fall/winter dream outfit from the doll closet.

Just a palm sized sweater with a petite corsage on top.

I can get 3 little cardigans from a single 25g ball of fingering weight wool.

There’s a burrow at the base of the hops arbor, it’s where we leave the rubbery radishes.

It’s been extra warm and we have been under an air quality warning for the past few days due to the Canadian wildfires, so keeping indoors with the ac on ..not that I would have been out romping around anyways, we all know how much I love mellow days at home, tucked away in my studio or on my lazy end of the couch. The pandemic is still fucking terrible too, no matter how much we are pushed to think and behave like it isn’t. I could go on and on about the anger, embarrassment, sadness, and frustration I feel for all the misinformation and ignorance whirling around, I just wish people could see it in my still masked vaccinated face. Ugh. Trying to find little bits of happiness, clarity, peace (whatever you want to call that inner calm/relaxed feeling) wherever I can lately, and sometimes that looks like a tiny sweater for a tiny bunny and sometimes it looks like nothing special, just being.