I’ve currently got three projects on my needles. I feel as if I’m not making any progress at all. I am not a fast knitter in the best of times, and especially so these days. However, the photographic evidence suggests that progress is, in fact, taking place.
This is a great stranded pullover design by Josée Paquin (Ravelry link here). I am really enjoying knitting this. Once you get past the short rows at the beginning it is all smooth sailing, very intuitive, fun, and interesting. I have just separated the sleeves:
I am mostly done with the body of this vest, and still have the steeking and miles of ribbing to go. I am using the Ursula Cardigan pattern (Ravelry link) by Kate Davies, and converting it into a vest for Doug.
I might be reasonably accused of procrastinating the steeking, but I am justifying this by telling myself that I need to get the buttons sorted before moving on to the next step. This is complicated because I can’t go shopping for them in person and have to rely on the internet to get a match. I’s hoped these forest green buttons would be perfect:
In this light, the colour doesn’t quite work, but in most lights it is a really good match. However, they are quite small:
What do you think? I had intended to put a button on every other colour band, but with buttons this small, it would have to be on every band, which would mean about 12 buttons instead of 6. Would it be better with many small buttons (as above) or fewer, larger buttons? The smaller buttons might prevent gapping, but would also be a pain to button and un-button. More importantly, I want them to look proportional. And maybe I should forget trying to match the green and go for a neutral? Decisions, decisions. This would be so much easier if I could take the vest with me to a shop (or better yet, a yarn fair).
Koko (Ravelry link here) is a gorgeous three-dimensional shawl pattern by Olga Buraya-Kefelian. I haven’t commented on this lately, but it is still in the background and I knit on it here and there. I have about 26″/66cm of it knitted, which means I am about a third of the way done.
Where I’m at otherwise? Well, truth be told, we’ve been feeling pretty cranky around here. But Doug had his first vaccine this week, and I have mine scheduled for next week. So, I am trying hard to keep the crankiness contained. Spring is just around the corner.