Maybe it was the reference to Hawaii that caught me. If you can’t be in Honolulu, you can at least knit yourself a top bearing the same name. See that woman in the picture? By the end of the summer that will be me… windswept hair, walking along the beach (granted it will be the Atlantic, not the Pacific Ocean), looking fine in my new handmade top.
I cast on exactly one week ago. It seems I’ve resorted to my old ways and keep starting new projects before finishing the last one. The way I see it, there’s no need to complete Blessing’s sweater (or socks) before the autumn, but I would like a couple of new summery tops. Plus there was a sale on Adriafil EraOra shade 85/ “rust brown fancy” which I love. I’ve reserved it for my next project… I’ve become quite the planner and optimist. Currently I’m using Kimera (colour 23) yarn.
At my last trip to the local yarn shop I became a little over-excited and overly ambitious. I discovered Pompom Magazine. Issue 33 has several patterns I can’t wait to try when I have the time! This is the first knitting magazine I’ve ever purchased. I couldn’t believe my luck when I even found a delicious pasta recipe in it. Combining food and one of my favorite hobbies instantly sent me to my happy place.
So here I am seven days later. This is my first time knitting with cotton and I’m finding it a little difficult. Read more about the pros and cons of knitting with cotton from The Spruce Crafts. I have to take breaks because my hands get tired. Apparently hand strain is not uncommon when knitting with cotton because it’s inelastic, unlike wool. In addition to this challenge, I continue to be a slow knitter. Honestly, I’m slow about everything. Someone once remarked that I don’t seem to get out of first gear, which is pretty accurate.
Now I’ve discovered the sacred triangle to help me along: tea, chocolate, and knitting. Minstrels are my weakness. At the end of a set (knit one, purl one row) I’ll reward myself with one (or two) chocolates. You can see them hidden in my bag in hopes that my kids won’t discover them. Shout out to my knitting pal for sharing this secret to success. It really does help me keep going!
I don’t know what has happened to me. “We’ve unleashed the beast,” Jacquie said (mentor and owner of our local yarn shop). She’s right. I bought enough wool for 3 summer tops, although I’ll be lucky to wear even one considering:
- The unseasonable weather in Ireland is AWFUL. We lit the woodstove tonight.
- I don’t have time to finish 3 adult tops this month, even size small.
It’s no harm to dream though, is it? And maybe there will be other opportunities to wear sleeveless tops. It’s possible Covid19 will disappear, or a vaccine will be invented and we can travel to hot countries again. Who knows! I’ll live in hope…
In the meantime, it’s giving me a lot of pleasure to knit while I watch TV, listen to audiobooks, or chat with friends and family. I have a social gathering to go to tomorrow evening and will have to leave my projects behind. Believe it or not that won’t be easy.
I once had a friend who would bring her knitting to the cinema. During the movie there would be this annoying click, click, click… I never had the heart to say anything about it, but her habit drove me crazy. I’m not that bad yet, but I’m beginning to understand the compulsion!
If you share an interest in crafts and would like to connect elsewhere, I’m beginning to get the hang of Ravelry. You’ll find me here. I only have one friend on the site and we grew up together in real life. She’s pretty awesome so do connect with her too! As for the Honolulu top, the Adriafil pattern can be purchased and downloaded on Ravelry if you’d like to try it.
I’d love to hear from other knitters. Do you prefer to work on one project at a time or do you like multi-tasking? What are you currently working on? Where do you find inspiration? Do you work to a deadline or allow things to happen in their own time?