I guess I had an expectation for this sweater. That it would be that sweater I grabbed as I walked out the door to run to the store quick....or to walk the dog. That it would be that comfy go with jeans kinda sweater that can pass as a jacket on those warmer days that can't see you with bare arms quite yet. Well, it will be none of those. It will be an around the house.....curled up watching a favorite show kinda sweater or a by the fire on a Saturday night doing s'mores kinda sweater. Why you ask? Because it is huge.....like hang off my shoulders huge. I tried wearing it out one afternoon. I felt like I was swimming in it and it looked sloppy which made me feel sloppy and essentially annoyed. A little disappointing to say the least. I made a size large......I considered making an x-large because my measurements were on the higher end of the allotment for the size large and I worried the large would be too small.
Well I could have easily done a medium. Thankfully I didn't do the x-large or it wouldn't even have been a wear anytime sweater. It did come out beautiful and it will be used but I am not sure I would do this pattern again. I think some of the sloppiness is the design and sizing. The girls all liked this and were hitting me up to make them each one but I honestly think I will try a different pattern. Maybe something like this.
Not all was lost on the knitting front. These duck booties come out perfect every time!
This is what triplet duck booties looks like. My sweet friend Alisha is only a week and a bit away from three new bundles of "no sleep".....errr I mean joy! She is a friggin' rockstar let me tell you! She has done so awesome with those babies!!! Into her 32nd week and going strong toward the 34 week finish line. I am so proud of her. Well those babies had to have duck booties! Those duck booties are were my love affair with knitting began.
I also made these cute little simple slouch hats. I love these and can't wait for a photo of the babies in them. The only reason it all works because she is having three girls!
I finished up this set of daddy, mommy and baby slouch hats for someone else who had a baby not so long ago. She received them today and messaged me. I guess her day was a little tough on the baby front and coming home to these she said...made her day. I feel such incredible joy knowing that a small act of kindness made someone's day a bit better.
For about 24 hours I had nothing on my needles. For the first time in like 10 years. Nothing nadda....zero knitting on the go. I am gonna be honest....felt kind of good....I considered taking a break from knitting. Considered giving away what stash of yarn I have and just be void of knitting for a while. I am not sure how long...I just felt like it was time to take a hiatus. I can't even say why I felt that way. I think some of it is my desire to create white space in my life. Time were I have no obligations. Time that is void of any expectations. Time where nothing beckons for my time. Time were I am idle and okay with it. That goal of simplicity in my life.
I won't lie. I am still considering a knitting hiatus but for now I cast on some old yarn that use to be this. I am not sure I like the pattern...it is complicated, requires charting and keeping track and my helper glasses because my eyes need a boost with that darker yarn and cables. I am not even sure I have enough yarn to make the vest this will be but I thought what the heck.....maybe this will send me into that hiatus....who knows! I know that even if I did take a break I would be back because I have my eye this and this.
Amber has her provincial basketball tournament this weekend. I am thinking of not knitting while there.....I will bring something in case like a crazed crack addict I can't get through the weekend without it but I am gonna try it on for size. I think some of the lure of not knitting is just being....just being present without one bit of distraction. It is kind of inviting.....you have to admit. I am looking forward to a little break away from routine and my sister is joining us which makes me very happy. Gives me someone to chill with while John does his coaching thing. Plus it is in Ottawa and man I love that city!!! So many amazing memories as a child visiting my grandfather every summer.
Consider making yourself more idle this weekend. Take the challenge of doing this. In a world that expects us to constantly be on the go, running around chasing our tails idle is seen as a bad thing. I am realizing more and more that the opposite is in fact true!