I took my screening exams and should know my results soon and took a little time to just decompress before I get right back into prep for school. But while I stepped away I was able to finish another piece I’d had hibernating for two years. In January 2018 I started my Kangarullover, another Stephen West pattern, after meeting him and seeing it in person at my local yarn shop. I knew as soon as I saw the shop sample I was going to make it, I just didn’t know it would take me two years to finish it.
I started it in January, pulling out lots of green yarn. Stephen suggested being mindful of the yarn I chose so it didn’t weigh down the piece. Throughout this piece I held a strand of Crystal Palace yarns Panda Pearl bamboo yarn that I bought a ton of when they decided to stop producing yarn (you might remember some from this cardigan). It’s a lovely bamboo, silk and wool blend that has this sheen to it that I loved, so I used that as the constant throughout. Then I pulled together some skeins of Miss Babs Yowza in Shaken Not Stirred (the white and bright green speckled yarn) and Neighborhood Fiber Co. Studio Worsted in Edgewood (the darker green and navy). The sleeves were the main color held double and then the sides and piping were all of my leftovers of another discontinued favorite, Patons Metallic yarn. The side panel is blue and black held together and the pockets and hem are trimmed in the bright green. The interior pocket was a skein of leftover Berroco Vintage Chunky I had in my stash that was the same shade of green. This is the perfect kind of project to use up lots of scraps and have fun with color.
As with so many West Knits patterns I’ve made, I didn’t swatch. I cast on for a small knowing it would grow a little bit hoping for a tunic length and actually ended up more with a dress length. Either way I’m happy. It is super cozy and not overwhelming warm, thanks to the bamboo blend, and I’m pretty sure this is what I’ll be wearing all winter while we are still inside because of COVID-19 (yup, still staying indoors for the most part).
I love the deep pockets (yup, Jellybean can fit inside but her nails would snag the yarn) and I’m glad I picked it back up. I stashed it away in the summer of 2018 when it got to be a bit much to deal with and I just never picked it back up. I was talking to a knitting friend and she showed me an old green sweater that she had as a WIP for years and it made me want to pull it out. I realized it was 70% finished, I just needed to finish the back, add the pocket and the sides. It only took a few days to knock it out, but it wasn’t meant for me to finish it until now. It’s okay to put things aside and revisit them or even frog old projects. It’s okay if a project takes forever, it isn’t a race. I know I can knit quickly but sometimes I start a million things at once and a few get pushed lower and lower down the line. I’ve got a couple of WIPs I want to pull out this year and finish. They don’t have much left, maybe they need sleeves or for me to finish the body, or maybe I need to just frog one of them, but either way they’ll get some resolution eventually.
One of the positives of being home so much is that when I do feel like knitting I get a lot done. I’m hoping as I get myself back into the routine of teaching and grad school I’ll get back to my therapeutic knitting and knock a few projects out. My queue is forever a mile long but that’s what keeps it fun. There’s always something new to make!