Hunkering Down

Hi, there.

Winter Storm Juno has come and gone, leaving us stunned and with over 2 feet of snow that no one really knows what to do with. Things started to get blustery on Monday night (the 26th) and since we all knew what was coming, people got into Survival Mode. School was cancelled for that afternoon and Tuesday (and then, amazingly, Wednesday). The grocery store was a general panic-fest: I went in on Monday to get some olive oil for soap making (that’s another story) and saw that all the bottled water was gone and just a few loaves of bread remained. Stranger still, there were no individual checkout lines – just one superline that snaked around the perimetre of the store (at least a 40 min wait I would guess) with the store manager marshalling people to available cashiers. Considering that I had enough groceries to get through the next few days anyway, I just turned around and left.

A winter storm isn’t so bad when you have knitting. (I think knitters would do really well in apocalyptic scenarios: we could knit garments for survival while staying entertained and relatively stress-free). In this case, since the power never went out (hallelujah) things were cozy indeed. I knit on my Ease sweater and contemplated the view outside.

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That was only around lunchtime.

While it was great to get some one-on-one with Ease, I’m really not sure how the old girl is doing. It’s really roomy up top, to the point that I’m not sure if it will cross the line from casual chic to just frumpy. I knit a bit on the ribbed hem and then put those stitches on hold. My plan is to finish the sweater and then see if adding more length would visually balance out the boxier upper portion. I then moved onto the funnel neck! After picking up the stitches and knitting a few rows, the neckline already looked way more fitted. Round and round I knit, until the funnel neck was complete (drawstring to come).

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Excuse the Sasquatch-like photo quality. Looks kind of cool, right? What concerns me is the collar rolling so much. It rolls right over, making it look as if I’m wearing a neck donut. Could this be something that blocking will help sort out? Or is this whole sweater just a train wreck that would be better to frog and knit a size smaller…

I don’t know, you guys. I’m at a loss.

In times like these, therapy is casting on a new project. Preferably with a yummy yarn. Preferably with a coveted skein of Tanis Fibre Arts “Red Label” cashmere/silk single-ply in the Sunset colourway. Mmm…

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This was one of those I-see-you-looking-at-me-looking-at-you-across-the-room-could-it-be-love purchases at Espace Tricot in Montreal. In which there was no particular project in mind but it didn’t matter, the yarn would soon tell me what it needed.

And so it did: Herbivore by Stephen West.

This yarn is like something out of a dream. It’s so soft it makes angels weep. This pattern is a joy to knit; the perfect balance of relaxing yet still interesting. And look at the colours. Just look!

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It’s going to be okay.


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