Wednesday, August 10

Knitting lately

I know it's a bit early to be thinking of Autumn but I'm so looking forward to that because it's my favourite season! I can't wait, I'm not that much of a Summer's person (I think lots of people in Belgium are going to dislike what I say now: I loved the rainy days in July and August so much more than the hot sunny days). It's also because since E. is born, my psoriasis on my arms and knees got a lot worse and I still can't do much about that since I'm still breastfeeding. I don't feel comfortable wearing short sleeves and skirts or shorts at the moment. Anyway, this year I wanted to be prepared for the colder days, so I finally knit the shawl I've been wanting to knit for a long time: the Shawl en Mousse et Vagues. The fact that it wasn't a pattern and originally more a guideline, written in French, kept me from knitting it before.

Because the 'pattern' has now an English translation and an extensive research through Ravelry projects of this shawl made me take the plunge and start knitting. Looking back at it, it was actually really easy and logical, and I would like to encourage everybody that hesitates for the same reasons as me, to knit it. You can go to my Ravelry notes if you want to give it a try yourself. I've noted my total number of stitches and placements of the markers. I'm still searching for a nice name for this shawl, something 'sea-like'.

Another project I've finished and haven't blogged about is the Flax Light pullover from Tincanknits. I knitted size 6-12 months in Drops Alpaca, colorway Olive. The pullover is great, but my yarn choice wasn't. I don't think the 100% alpaca is suited for a children's pullover. Next time I'll knit a fingering weight pullover in a merino/superwash yarn.

The lovely illustration and pouch in the first photo are some of my purchases from The Blue Rabbit House. The designer and illustrator makes such beautiful things and she's from Belgium too! An extra plus, since I didn't have to pay that much on shipping costs this time!