A Little Pick Me Up

I am behind on reading blogs, which I intend to remedy shortly. Until then, there are a couple of things I want to mention. First, many thanks to Carol for reblogging my post about Passport Mitts! It’s my first reblogged post and I’m honored! Second, I’ll get on the Thursday sock bandwagon. It just might not coincide with any actual Thursdays. Third, have you all seen the slow fashion October things going on? If you haven’t, here is a good place to start. I love it! So many people are starting to think about where our clothes actually come from, and what changes need to be made on that front. I’ve even seen a post or two about the link between crafting and privilege which is something that’s been bothering me lately. More on that to come.

I’m still dealing with my injury and still not back to work. I have a lot of challenges on my plate at the moment, you could say. I’ve been coping remarkably well so far but yesterday our awesome nanny gave us her two weeks’ notice. There’s a lot of good reasons behind that and I don’t fault her for it one iota, but it does make everything just seem harder. Every little thing seems like the last straw except what choice is there? Just have to keep going. So, knitting is of course my refuge right now.

I noticed the other day that the top two rows of my projects on rav were monopolized by grey, black, blue and purple with not a warm shade to be seen. So I started casting on bright stuff: first, my second pair of Passport Mitts in orange Ella Rae Lace Merino DK. This pic is a little more orange-y than the actual color, but it gives you a decent idea:

IMG_4060Shortly after I took that photo I unfortunately ripped the whole thing out. I had accidentally cast on too many stitches. I’ll redo it, though. That still wasn’t enough color on my project page, so the next day I cast on for a third River District Toque, a pattern I tested for Rachel at welfordpurls. I’m using the same yarn as for the first two–malabrigo Rios in colorway Archangel. So far it’s turning out equally as luscious as the first two:

IMG_4066The actual color leans a little less toward magenta and a little more toward purple. For some reason that one is tricky to photograph. In any case, my project page is looking a little brighter. I was still feeling pretty down today. Then, I came home after picking my daughter up from school and found a little pick me up in my mailbox:

IMG_4061 IMG_4065Who wouldn’t feel better with a handful of squooshy madelinetosh yarn? Especially in such a luminous colorway (Cousteau)! With 225 new yards of Tosh DK, I know where my third pair of Passport Mitts is coming from! Everything seemed just a little bit better.

Aaaaaaaand then my daughter pooped on the floor. I think I’m going to need more yarn.

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6 comments

  1. Megan Eliza · October 9, 2015

    I *love* that colourway. It really makes me think of the west coast (Sweet Georgia has a similar colourway called Spruce and it always looks like home to me).

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  2. Stefanie · October 9, 2015

    Oh Madtosh is divine. I love this richly saturated Cousteau. I think the Ella Rae yarn is a wonderful, deep pumpkin. I like the texture of the fabric. I have a skein of Archangel I believe around here somewhere…

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  3. tattooedknitter · October 9, 2015

    I love how the archangel color way looks in that picture. I can wait to get my hands on some!

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  4. FogKnits · October 10, 2015

    Beautiful Tosh color! Sorry to laugh at the pooping on the floor but it conjured images of cat poop for me (except a cat would likely poop in your shoe…)

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  5. IamDWJ · October 10, 2015

    Hang in there!

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