Thoughts & Finishes

I often wonder if I moved my knitting upstairs, if it would seem like less of a separate activity, I’m not sure why I look at my creative work as studio work (upstairs) and my leisure time as knitting time (downstairs). Maybe it should be blurred, maybe I just need a cozy seat in the studio?

I think it’s been 7 months or so in the bag, it’s traveled around with me, side eyed me when I plunked it in the corner to take on other projects, snuggled in my lap on cold winter nights and made me endlessly happy looking a its muted hues and plumpy ridges.

I found along the way, sometimes just pulling yarn or arranging supplies for another project was enough of a switch up in my day to get me back on shawl task, other times it was a day or two at the sewing machine and another pretty thing made. (This yarn combo never became anything, but I loved putting it together, oh and pink bags for days 💕)

I kept it on a 32″ circular for its entire life, not realizing I was creating a mammoth shawl, some slight worries on where to block it, but I’m more excited about getting to wear it, than worried about wrangling the 90″ wet wool beast!

A finally finished Powder and Dust shawl and it’s exactly what I was hoping for, the mellowest strawberry fade, with so much excessive plush gartery nonsense and if not for days spent upstairs (not knitting) in the studio I wouldn’t have a beautifully drab gingham dress to pair it with.

It wasn’t until it was blocked and dry that I realized I preferred the wrong side of this one. Well it’s all garter so there isn’t really a rs/ws, but the color transition is so much more subtle on the ws, a true fade, whereas on the right side you can see defined stripes.

Up next, maybe some tiny creature knitting, there is a new Little Cotton Rabbits Small Rabbit pattern out (eeep!) and The Tearoom Cat has been calling me, wouldnt a little kiki to dress in tiny sweaters, cardigans and shorty pants just be the sweetest thing!?! 💕

Middle Section

I’m on the middle section, the last lace bit on my powder and dust shawl before the final color shift. There is so much on my list ..why is trying to finish up old things before starting new things always the toughest?

I think I’ve made my final shell pink bag, it’s exactly what I’ve been reaching for and the best pink organic canvas of my life is just about gone. I’ve been obsessing on a slightly different design and really hope to have a few new bags in the shop for the holidays. 💕

Knitting might be the only craft I limit myself on having too many things going at once, mostly because I’m slow and it takes me forever to finish anything knit, and now that I type that sentence out, it might be because I allow myself limitless side projects that usually end up taking away from my knitting time? huh? ..ok one more row..

That huge front pocket is for patterns, it’s just over 8½” wide so I can have my paper instructions right in my face when I need them, also there are smaller pockets on each side for other handy things. Inside there are eight more pockets, because I love absurd amounts of storage (one is exactly the size of my favorite pen!) 💕

Done with the lace, just a few garter rows until the last sections color shift!

My typical bag consisting of a ½ bag of cereal (because I’m a lazy snack packer) and a not started sock inside a sock sack (for options, but probably won’t start because I don’t break my own rules), tucked into “the shawl” bag, all stuffed into the top of my everyday take along tote ..because I’m 100% ready for anything, and I make bags. 💕

I’ve been trying to resist the urge to go full on Happy Holidays, so instead I restocked my super sweet chubby gummy bears with tag along hearts in the shop, it’s what I’ve been using as a rightside marker/progress keeper on this shawl since its start back in June and I just love it so dang much!