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TWiP: Vernal Pool

I started a new sweater on Saturday, and it’s pretty much all I photographed all week. Well, except for the 3 days where I couldn’t work on it because I was out of one tiny color of yarn (how frustrating!).

As of last night, I’d finished knitting all of the interesting parts – the neck shaping, the Fair Isle yoke, the bust shaping – and now I’m left with roughly 12 inches of plain stockinette stitch and two sleeves, all of which I could probably do in my sleep at this point. THat’s good, though. I gave my brain a nice work-out at the beginning of the project, and now I can finish it up in front of the TV without paying it much attention. I may even bring it to work and try to make some progress on my lunch hour. Time is of the essence, if I want it to be finished before it gets too warm to wear it.

Not that I’m asking for spring to be delayed any more than it already is. Do you hear me, Mother Nature? Don’t let my knitting goals get in the way of some nice warm weather, please!

I think I’m calling this sweater Vernal Pool. It’s got those swampy colors going for it, most of which I got out of my stash (save that one color I mentioned above that was holding up the works). The pattern is essentially my Porthole Pullover pattern with the yoke switched out for a Fair Isle design I mostly made up. I got the basic chart from a pattern in Mary Jane Mucklestone’s Fair Isle Style, and then I added color to it, and made it round-yoke-friendly.

I’ll go into more details on that when I’m ready to show-and-tell. The knitting should go relatively quickly – being a pullover, it’s almost entirely knit stitches. There are very few of those pesky purls to slow me down.

Oh, also this week we had an anniversary and a birthday. Guess I should mention those, too, eh?

So, what is This Week in Pictures?

Itโ€™s a roundup of the photos I shot for Project 365 (the theme for 2017 is “words”), plus some snapshots I posted on Instagram during the previous week.

= taken with my Canon DSLR
= taken with my Samsung phone

Ready? Cast your mind back to this time last week…

Saturday

Instagram : I’ve officially talked myself into improvising another sweater. It’s going to be roughly the shape of my #pdcportholepullover but instead of a slip stitch colorwork yoke, I’m going to do a #fairisle design. I envision lots of turquoise and green in this one . I’m taking some inspiration for the Fair Isle bands from #fairislestyle by @mjmucklestone. Casting on in 3 2 1…

365 : 2017 91/365 – Neelam – Twenty-two years together, and roughly 22 anniversaries featuring Indian food [Taken at Neelam in Berkeley Heights, NJ.]

Sunday

Instagram : I finished the first pattern repeat, and I’d spend the rest of my weekend finishing up this yoke, except I don’t have the right color yarn for the next repeat. I’m alternating teals and greens, and I’m out of the particular green that comes next. Bummer.

365 : 2017 92/365 – Cascade – I found this yarn in my stash. I don’t even remember buying it, but it’s about to join a pile of other stash yarns and become a new pullover.

Instagram : I’ve decided to frog it and start over. Not only will it make the #fairisle design easier to see, bit it will give me an opportunity to re-do a few spots I messed up early on. And bonus: now I have something to do while I wait for the green yarn I ordered to arrive #silverlining

Instagram : This is shaping up to be a lovely night. Open window, favorite candle, cup of tea, Masterpiece Classic, and a sweater on the needles. (I started over and am already 2/3 done with the yoke. I lazy Sundays!)

Monday

365 : 2017 93/365 – Repeat – I designed the motif on my new sweater – it’s a colorized version of something I found in a book. So far, I’m happy with the way it’s knitting up!

Tuesday

Instagram : Mmmm. Donuts. [Taken at work.]

365 : 2017 94/365 – Bring Home Donuts – My little guy turned 14 today. I stopped to get him birthday donuts on my lunch hour, and then I wrote myself a note so I didn’t forget to bring them home with me.

Wednesday

365 : 2017 95/365 – First – It was a good mail day today… two new pairs of casual Spring work shoes, and 4 skeins of green yarn

Thursday

365 : 2017 96/365 – Plus – I sometimes feel like I’m not taking full advantage of this "words" project. I mean, was I really envisioning it being about grabbing a random object and sticking it in a spot by the window before the evening light is gone? Not really. I was thinking it would be much more profound than this. It seems I don’t have time for profound, unfortunately.

Friday

Instagram : Progress! I had to take a few days off because of a yarn shortage in a key color, but I’m restocked now and done with the #fairisleknitting The rest is just plain swampy green stockinette. (Unless I add a band of pattern at the hem. Which I might.)

365 : 2017 97/365 – don’t forget the eggs! – You can see by the fact that I am in the parking lot, ready to go home, eggs in hand, that I did not, in fact, forget the eggs. [Taken at work.]

Thanks for taking a peek at this week’s photos! If you want to see this stuff as it happens, please feel free to follow me on Flickrย and/or Instagram.

I may already have plans to blog about some of these things in greater detail over the coming week, but be sure to leave a comment if there’s something in particular you want to know about!

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7 thoughts on “TWiP: Vernal Pool

  1. Beautiful!!! Love the colors!

    HAPPY 14!!

    1. Thanks! On both counts ๐Ÿ˜Š

  2. Your sweater is beautiful. It looks equally amazing in the black and white photo. I love how fast you knit sweaters.

    1. Thanks! I’ve gotten pretty quick with pullovers (very few purls to get in my way!) ๐Ÿ˜Š Cardigans still take me way longer than I’d like. Several weeks.

  3. Beautiful work on the sweater…I am so impressed! The colors look great together.
    I wish I could reach through my computer screen and sneak a doughnut…:)
    Happy Birthday to your son!

    1. Thank you – I’ve been a knitting machine this weekend… The body is nearly done! The donuts are long gone, but I’ll share your birthday wishes ๐Ÿ˜‰

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