When Kate Davies first published the Miss Rachel's Yoke a couple of years ago, I knew I had to make it. I quickly bought the kit, intending to cast on right away.
Of course, life intervened, as it does, and by the time I was ready to knit there were a few roadblocks in my way:
But mostly, I was convinced I didn't have enough yarn. (Side note - I've decided always buy/spin more yarn/fiber than I think I need from here on out. I always end up picking the projects that require tons of yardage...)
Earlier this month, we had a snowy day that had followed a very gray week. It was one of those weekends where I can't think of a reason to leave the house, and I was downright grumpy. My husband, in an attempt to cheer me up, suggested a trip to the movie theater. The only problem was, I didn't have anything to knit - at least, nothing I could knit in the dark.
When I first learned to knit, I taught myself to knit without looking so that I could knit on the dark schoolbus, in dark cars riding home from dance lessons, and in the movie theater. Now, my "movie theater knitting" is always very basic. I can knit and purl in the same row if it's not a fancy pattern, but anything that might require a chart is out of the question. Usually I keep a sock on the needles for just such an occasion, but the socks I had going were too close to being done to entertain me for a whole two hours.
I dove into the stash to see what my options were, and the Miss Rachel kit jumped out at me. I figured that even if I didn't have enough yarn, at least I'd have something to knit in the movie theater. And though I'd originally meant to make it a cardigan, I've realized that I wear pullovers a bit more often than I did when I first bought the kit, so a pullover it was.
One benefit of waiting so long to cast on is that plenty of other Ravelers have had the chance to knit and write about this pattern, so I could let go of some of my anxiety about how it would turn out. Some standouts are:
Uncrossed has incorporated a great short-row detail into the yoke.
Ltnknitter, Agameda, and Lizoid have an interesting trick for hiding the jog.
Crochet-Julie made the darker version, and managed to do her modeled shots in front of a photograph of the shawl that inspired the design.
My project page is still in progress, but you can find it here.
Welcome to August! Are you ready for fall yet? I know I am. We spent (at least) two or three weeks in the hottest days of July with a non-functioning swamp cooler.* Now that it's fixed, I have the air blasting just so I can put on a long-sleeve shirt every now and then and dream of fall.
In July, I managed to finish a machine-knit sweater. I tried it on to make sure it fit, but took absolutely zero photos of it. And I made a SAORI-style table runner...and tons of yarn for Tour de Fleece. But the biggest thing is what you see above! I am now selling rug hooking wool and other supplies over on FiberCrafty!
There are lots of other odds and ends, but I think that's most of it! What are you working on this month?
*For all y'all who live somewhere humid, a swamp cooler is an air conditioner that intentionally adds humidity to your air. If you live in a dry climate like I do, it actually works pretty well to cool you off. (And if you grew up in a swampy place like I did, it's pretty alien to you to consider a swamp cooler to be a good thing.)
May is done and dusted, and now it's on to June...I'm happy to say that despite my busy schedule for May, I managed to get rather a lot done. Unless you count blogging!
My main knitting goal was to finish the Lucca shawl, which I did fairly early on in the month. Plus, I finally finished warping my floor loom, and have been happily weaving away on it. And then there were all the workshops! So much fun, and so much information flying around in my head, and there's more to come with MAWS coming up in June!
That's it...I think! What are you up to this month?
Another month, another opportunity to say, "Last month went by so fast," and to say that everything's still in progress!
I did know April was going to be busy, and somehow I've already overloaded myself for May, too. Good in some ways, and not so good in others. I'll be taking a dye workshop with one of my guild members, and then traipsing over to Boulder for a week of workshops with Elizabeth Johnston and Martha Owen ... leaving not so much time for turning WIPs into FOs.
Welp. A lot happened in February, and to say that I got lots of stuff done would be ... not quite true. Yes, things did get done, just not all my pie-in-the sky plans, and some of the things that got done weren't exactly in the plans. The biggest thing that happened was that my husband got a new job, which means I'm doing a lot more work in our business. And, of course, a little bit less time for yarn.
Here's what I'm counting as finished for the month of February
So, with slightly tempered expectations, here's what's on the list for March:
With the change in my time committments, I'm reevaluating a couple of things, and I know that not all of this can possibly get done in March. But a girl can always dream!
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