its winter well and truly now, although you wouldnt know it today, it is gloriously sunny outside and the dogs are enjoying themselves. possum loves the sun and will lie on hot concrete until it burns:
ricco is much the same but today has been lucky enough to dig up a bone:
and jem is following me around as usual, just in case there’s something good on offer:
despite the sunshine i know its winter because the magnolia has finally lost all its leaves:
and there is a little pale blue haze in the sky that takes the edge off the sunlight. seasonal changes make me pensive. they make me realise how intangible life really is, almost meaningless in a way. time, the seasons, people around you, they all change and there’s nothing you can do about it. there are changes happening around me that make me sad, and fearful, but also curious about the future. i dont like not being in control but i have learnt the hard way that the only thing we can control is ourselves, our choices, decisions, reactions. i dont know where life is headed these days. i used to think i knew, but now i know i dont, and that is all i know. so i just go through the days, one a time, trying to fill them only with things that make me happy. friends, sunshine, puppy dogs, knitting.
i have cast on two new projects this weekend and im a bit excited about them both. firstly, there is the first of the shetland projects, the stonington shawl, finally cast on after all that swatching.
i decided on 4.5mm needles, and knitabulous helped me wind it up the other day (winding large bundles of yarn makes me nervous so i am grateful to have a friend close by who knows what they are doing!). so far, i am in love with this pattern. you start by casting on two stitches and increasing one every row until you have 14 stitches, then you start the ‘concentric squares’ chart, which you think you are knitting triangularly (is so a word) but really, its going to be a square.
it has slipped stitches at the end of every row and when i have 145 stitches, i decrease back down to 2 and then go along making sides by picking up those slips. then it gets a fancy lace edging knitted on. finished measurements should be around 54″ by 54″. im not expecting to have this done anytime soon! i do hope to have the next cardigan done before the season is over however, and i swatched for it late last week. i even washed and pinned the swatch:
its elsebeth lavold silky wool, in ‘vintage denim‘, bought in the Webs sale, and the pattern is summer solstice (interesting choice of pattern name given we are about to hit the winter solstice here). i am a bit over gauge, (20 st & 30 rows vs 21 st & 28 rows) because i am using 4mm needles. i dont really want to knit a whole cardi in 3.75mm, and after swatching i am happy with the feel and look of the fabric.
i dont mind if its a bit bigger all round anyway. it will be alright wont it? tell me it will.
meanwhile, i know i should be knitting socks because my sister is coming to visit next weekend and i really should be finishing the socks that are meant to be for her, and i really should be cleaning the bathroom, but its so nice outside i just cant.
lifes too short for ‘shoulds’ right?