Sunday, December 22, 2019

Mouse and Cookie Sweaters

Life is a good teacher and a good friend. Things are always in transitions if we could only realize it. Nothing ever sums itself up in the way that we like to dream about. The off-center, in-between state is an ideal situation, a situation in which we don't get caught and we can open our hearts and minds beyond limit. --Pema Chödrön, from When Things Fall Apart
I tried to make a felted mouse. I showed my attempt to the hubby and he said, "Is that a cat?" So that was the end of making a felted mouse.

So I knitted one instead and put a Fair Isle sweater on it:

I wasn't so sure about the colours I picked until I finished. I think it's cute:

Seymour had no opinion on the matter:

I seem to be grasping towards anything remotely yarn-related these days. Maybe it's an attempt to ground myself somehow, and I suppose that in the grand scheme of things to be grasping for, yarn stuff rates itself as pretty harmless. I was at the local bakery yesterday and realized that the gingerbread people were all wearing Cowichan-style sweaters. Now, all I can think about is knitting one for myself:

My current physique matches the gingerbread as well. We'd practically be related:

This was the last week of the Rozeta CAL. For some reason, I put myself under enormous pressure to finish it before the weekend. I picked it up and worked on it every spare moment I got, and on Friday evening, I wove in the final ends and wet-blocked it. On Saturday morning, I threw it onto our bed and was extremely pleased with the result:

The border is a bit wobbly, but I'm not worried about that at all. I made it from Schjeepjes Colour Crafter, which is an acrylic yarn and will therefore be a breeze to clean and care for. I am very much looking forward to having it on my lap for the rest of the winter evenings:

There are quite a few fine details to this blanket, which you can't see unless you are up close to it. I am not usually a big fan of bobbles, but there's something so architectural about them on this blanket:

And I was very, very pleased with the look of the overlay crochet features throughout:

We flew out to Winnipeg again yesterday, and we are here for the holidays. It was a journey fraught with delay after delay, several attempts to land and several attempts to take off. I would be lying if I said I wasn't nervous about the plane crashing with all the issues we faced, but we made it unscathed, if somewhat late.

We're spending a lot of time in the hospital while we're here, as things are improved but not yet settled with my family's health issues. I'm actually kind of grateful because I wasn't sure I could face a busy, bustling Christmas this year, but I'm looking forward to feeling "normal" again... whatever that is. In the meantime, I'm contenting myself with wearing stretchy pants and fiddling with a wee knitting project while I'm here. 

Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones. Thanks for hanging around with me on this blog.


Michelle said...

Your finish project is gorgeous!
Congrats on a beautiful finish.

Candice said...

That blanket is AMAZING! ��