I’m not going to lie, I really want 2022 to be a lot better than 2021. I didn’t realize I was starting 2021 ill, but I was tired and run down and it only got worse. Even seven months after being hospitalized I am still working towards regaining my strength and getting back to 100%. Don’t get me wrong, I’m very happy that I am still here but this year has been HARD. I have stepped back from a lot of things, including writing here, because I just don’t have the capacity to do all the things I used to do and that is okay. I definitely haven’t been able to knit as much this year either but what I have knit I’ve loved and I realized I hadn’t shared it yet!
In October and into November I was able to knit two sweaters. I knit a wool Gogink sweater (Ravelry link) after loving my cotton Gogink so much. I really love the yoke on this sweater. The purple is from Queen’s Yarn Boutique and the color is High Voltage and it’s just so vivid and stunning in person. The orange is from Lady Dye Yarns in Precious Penelope from the Bridgerton Collection. It’s soooo good. I still went with short sleeves because it’s a more wearable option for me in my area since it doesn’t get as cold. I also made myself earrings to match it. You might also have seen me wearing this when I was interviewed by Charles M. Blow the other evening on his show Prime.
I don’t have pierced ears so making myself comfortable and cute clip-ons has been something I started doing in the spring to expand my wardrobe and accessories collection. And creating with polymer clay is sometimes a little easier on my brain than knitting but still allows me to be creative.
The other sweater I knit was one I created on my own (Raverly link) using the Knitter’s Handy Book of Top Down Sweaters. I love saddle shoulder but find there aren’t tons of patterns out there that have saddle shoulder construction. So I pick my gauge and follow instructions to create a sweater to my specifications. It really is a wonderful book that I can never recommend enough. The main yarn is from a new to me dyer, Black Cat Fibers and the color is Our Lips Are Sealed. When I saw their booth at a fiber festival in late September I almost lost my mind, there were just so many amazing colors. I picked this color because it was like nothing else in my stash and I loved the little pops of pink mixed with the yellow and grey.
I pulled some leftover Madelinetosh DK in Torchere from several projects I knit a while back to use on the ribbing and saddles. I went with full sleeves and stopped at three quarter length and I keep picking this sweater up to wear because I love the yarn so much. My husband told me he liked how the speckles looked on the fabric and I didn’t alternate skeins and there wasn’t any pooling except on the last sleeve I knit.
I’ve been slowly working on an Atari sweater for my husband with yarn from my stash and I need some hats now that I have longer hair. I’ve got just a few weeks before school starts again on January 10 and I just took my comps last week and my brain is ready for a break. Unfortunately, I’ve still got a few research projects to work on but I’ve decided from now until school starts I’ve got to give myself lots of time to nap, knit and play some video games. I hope you all have a wonderful few weeks and I will see you in the new year.