Mexican sunsets… Feeling grateful
The weekend is here. Lots of knitting, reading and walking ahead. I hope you have a nice weekend.
Once upon a time I fell in love with the yarn, its color, its texture, its softness… The pattern was found in one of the old French magazines… I knew they were meant for each other…
As I was knitting I decided to make it a little bit longer and bigger than the designer suggested. I guess I just wanted to cover myself with its soft cables as much as possible.
I especially like the shaping of the sleeves. The inserted cable panel really makes a difference.
It was such a pleasure to make and such a pleasure to wear.
The Arabesque pullover pattern can be found in the French knitting magazine Bergere de France #159. Ravelry pattern page can be found here.
When I go to the yarn store, I usually have no idea what I want to make and what color I want. Yarn is definitely my inspiration. I have to touch it, to look at it for a couple of days, to cast on and knit something randomly before some ideas come up.
My latest purchase is of no exception. As soon as I started to swatch with it, I knew the garter stitch was the one. I wanted something light that I can throw on with jeans and be “effortlessly chic”, or whatever they say in the fashion magazines.
The yarn label recommends to use 3 – 3.5 size needles (US 3 or 4), but I decided to go up and used 4.5 (US 7). This made the fabric light and drapery. One more bonus – it was a super fast knit, just 6-7 evenings.
The shape is super basic – the drop shoulder with V-neck. I trimmed the neckline with 2*2 rib using 3.5 size needles (US 4)
I am really happy with the result.
I got this colorful cotton fabric and a cute notebook on the weekend.
The problem is that I have no clear idea what to do with the fabric. I wanted to learn how to sew for a long time now. I even have the Brother sewing machine for more than one year, but somehow I can’t get to it. Whenever I have time for some crafting, my hands automatically get to knitting. So, I’ve decided I’ll start with something very basic and quick. I’ll let you know what will come out of it.
I spent the last couple of weeks of my vacation in the countryside, with my grannies. No Tv, no Internet. That was exactly what I needed – the quiet time just for myself and for my family. No running around, no driving around; just nature, books, knitting, crochet and good fresh food.
I think we all need it sometimes. Just to remember how big the small things are.
The singing of birds in the morning,
…the dew in the early morning,
…the vegetables picked in the garden…
… washed with the water from the well
cut and served with sour cream and a good piece of rye bread.
The smell of the wildflowers,
…the rustle of leaves in the forest,
…freshly picked berries,
…a long walk with the dog,
… a good book before sleep.
Feeling truly grateful.
I have some ideas what to make with this gorgeous yarn, but I am still not quiet sure. So I am taking my time to swatch for the perfect gauge. It is so nice sometimes to let the needles flow on their own without any particular plan.