The Deschain is proving to be a pretty easy and fast knit. I’ve knit the front and the back for a total of 6 repeats. I’ll be seaming the front and back together this week. I didn’t complete the hems as I plan to pin it together this afternoon so I can try it on before deciding if I should do one more repeat before the hem. I’m using Juniper Farms Zooey which is a DK instead of the called for aran weight yarn. As feared, the back gauge does not match the front gauge so I’m hoping I can seam it without puckers. We will see. The yarn in the picture looks tan but it’s actually a sage green. I made the gauge tighter than the pattern calls for because I wasn’t sure I wanted such on open fabric. Now I’m concerned the fabric is too dense. Oh well. I’ll finish it and see if my daughter likes it this way. If not I can always reknit it, especially since it’s such a fast knit. Or I’ll keep it for me and knit her a different one. Since it’s cotton/linen, I can wear it here in Florida.
I needed a break from the all stockinette knitting of the Deschain back piece and the Vanilla socks so I went back to one of my 2022 carryover WIPS. I finished the last few rows of the ribbed cuff and knit the first stripe. My intent is to make the stripes more “winter” than Christmas so that the socks can be worn all winter. I’m using the Advent 2019 sock pattern. If my daughter doesn’t want them, I’m pretty sure my stepdaughter will enjoy wearing them. They will be too hot for me to wear in Florida.
Hubby and I “celebrated” our 37th anniversary this week. We celebrated by going to happy hour at a restaurant where I had gotten gift cards for winning the condo cookie exchange back in December. I’m tired of my husband complaining that he could have “made it better and made it for less” on the rare occasion that we go out to eat. With the increase in food prices and labor wages, it would be even worse this year. So I forced him to go out to use up the gift cards. He did make a wonderful chocolate babka, using the America’s Test Kitchen recipe, as our celebration dessert. It was delicious.
Considering our ages when we got married, mainly his, I definitely wasn’t convinced we would make it to this many years. We actually have a 50/50 chance of making it to 50 years based on the longevity calculator. Who knows!?
Wishing everyone a good week, knitting and otherwise.
This is a year of projects (YOP12) update. YOP is a Ravelry Group – make a plan for the year ahead for all your fiber activities, then update your blog each week. Plans can be calendar year (like mine) or mid-year start (like many). YOP started it’s 12th year in July and I’m starting my third year in the group. You can find more detailed information about my projects on my project pages in Ravelry (MaureenHD). I’ve been knitting for six years.