2020 Quarantine Knitting: Part 2

Part 2 of my lockdown knits is here, but it looks like we’ll have a part 3 coming soon seeing as how there is no escape from my tiny 5 km circle of hell. Let’s be honest. I don’t leave my apartment much. There’s too many people and germs out there… I will refer you to Part 1 if you’d like to take a glance at the projects I covered earlier. I’m working in a reverse order so now I’m at the stage where the finer details are a bit hazy for me, but onwards we march.

WIP in action at the Northern Monk Refectory LDS

To be considered a true quarantine knit, it must have been knit while in quarantine (obviously). So unfortunately my much-beloved Slice of Light does not qualify, but I’m going to enter this in as an honourable mention since this was completed not only right before the pandemic hit Europe, but also was worked on during our last (but hopefully not final *morbid laugh*) trip abroad. Does the UK count as abroad, really? I mean, it’s just over there. I’m actually disappointed that Leeds was our last “fun trip” outside of Ireland considering how painful it actually was (thanks Storm Ciara), but this is how the cards were dealt for us.

Slice of Light designed by Susanne Sommer was my first brioche project, and let me tell you… I had a heck of a time with brioche. I ripped this out twice I think to start all over. Despite my own ineptitude, the pattern was very clear and well-written and I enjoyed it so much that I have since purchased more patterns from Sosu. It is possible I may have over blocked this shawl. Oops. I used Hedgehog Fibres Kidsilk Lace and Sock in Hush and La Bien Aimée Merino Singles in Tickle.

I picked up the yarn and pattern for this next shawl at Woollinn (June 2019). Xander by Dieuwke Schack-Mulligen was knit in Martin’s Lab Aubrey Sport in the shades Honey and Lappato. I just really fell in love with this yarn. There’s something kind of metallic looking to me, if you know what I mean? It looks like silver and old gold to my eyes (although leaning more green than gold). And you can’t beat a pretty slip stitch pattern. I remember thinking it looked like a kind of cool cowboy-ish kerchief.

Now, I have a problem where I’ll cast on a project, get distracted, find something else shiny to work on, and leave that WIP languishing in a project bag in the corner, waiting patiently for me to come back to it when I finally remember it. The following projects are just two of those poor, neglected WIPs, still waiting for me to come back to them when I’m ready. But I’m going to include them despite their hibernation status because I did the majority of the work while stuck at home.

Behold an armless Elton cardigan! It actually has one sleeve now. I just need to finish the second sleeve and button band. I have the buttons for this and all! I purchased the yarn for this at Woollinn (again, June 2019). I’m not going to lie when I say I kind of went a bit mad with the yarn purchases at Woollinn that year… It was during my thesis and I justified every single purchase with thesis stress. Anyway, I am knitting this design by Joji Locatelli with WalkCollection’s Cottage Merino and KidMohair Lace in Great Barrier Reef. I kind of really hope I have enough to finish actually. My arm was twisted at the booth when I was admiring all the Elton cardigans around me and I was told I’d have enough with just two skeins of each. We shall see if it is truly enough.

Knitting and craft beer, what a power combo. Unfortunately, I don’t actually have a better picture of this next WIP, but I’m hoping the pints distract you enough that you won’t notice. I’m in the middle of knitting myself a Rift Tee by Jacqueline Cieslak using Stolen Stitches Nua Sport in the shade Cafe Flamingo. I’m a bit nervous about this one because it’s my first bottom-up knit and it’s also short-sleeved… Not a huge fan of my arms I have to say. I try not to expose them if I can. But it looks really cute for spring/summer and Nua Sport is so nice to work with. Actually, I pulled this one out recently and I am not sure where I am in the pattern, so it will take me some time to read my knitting and figure it out so I can finish in time for this spring.

Oh, you’re curious about the beer? On the left is a delicious pint of Hope’s Passifyoucan Pale Ale in our local along with Seamus’s pint of Beamish. One of the very few times we could eat in a restaurant last year *cries in level 5 lockdown*. On the right is a tasty can of Wide Street Brewing Co. Cashmere IPA I enjoyed on our balcony one summer’s evening.

Finally, my pièce de résistance: Find Your Fade by Andrea Mowry knit in a potluck fade kit from Hedgehog Fibres which struck me as quite tropical.

Oh boy, did this shawl fall under the “it’s a marathon, not a race” category. I cast on in February and finally finished in July. Above is a picture my buddy Christina snapped for me on our girl’s weekend trip to Galway last summer (Will we get another chance to do that this year? One can only hope…). It wasn’t even difficult, but I had to tink back multiple times when I just wasn’t paying close enough attention to the pattern repeats. One of the reasons why I love this shawl: it’s massive. Finally! A shawl big enough for me that I can truly wrap myself up in.

Look! My hair matched my shawl! I, too, suffered from pandemic hair-itis. Don’t worry, it’s all chopped off now, but it was fun while it lasted.

Here concludes my quarantine knitting series (for 2020 at least). I did make other things, but these are my most memorable knits. As we survive another year of this madness, I will have more quarantine knitting to share with you. Lockdown knitting? Level 5 knitting? I’m not a celebrity but still get me the hell out of here knitting? It ticks all the boxes, really. Until next time…

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