This week felt like a turning point in a great number of things, but one that was most welcome was the gradual lengthening of the days which really became noticeable to me this week! Since Solstice our daylight has expanded a whopping 34 minutes here in Pittsburgh! That might not seem like much of a turning point, but boy it sure feels like one to me! In addition to the increased minutes of daylight, some other issues I have been struggling with have found turning points on their own. Which is a good reminder that sometimes, whether I do something or not, problems eventually work themselves out – so worry less, Kat!
Although it took much longer than I expected, my finished Esme Tunic put a smile on my face! I have a good start on understanding the concept of what to do to get plaids to match. I have one more tunic to sew, and it will be on my list for next week. This fabric has more “lines” to match, which makes me a bit nervous, but I am going to dig out my walking foot to aide the sewing. AND I am going to do some basting before final seaming! Hello, Bust Darts…I am talking about YOU!
I have spent LOTS of time this week listening to the Senate impeachment proceedings. I have been sort of shocked at articles like this – I mean, Senators, paying attention is actually your job! You all took an oath, and the rules state you must stay in your chairs quietly listening and taking notes! Although, I did love this suggestion and would LOVE to hear the gentle clicking of 100 pairs of knitting needles as they all listen to the House Managers. Speaking of those House Managers – I might be a bit biased – but they have done an incredible job, one and all! However, last nights closing by Adam Schiff was amazing (you can see part of his dynamic speech here): “Right matters. And the truth matters. Otherwise we are lost.” Exactly!!
I am almost done with the second chart of my Pheasant Pullover (see above for dramatically increased knitting times) and hurrah for longer circular needles! I am absolutely in love with the beautiful details and the intricate color variations. At times it seems like I am creating a beautiful Pointillism art piece, each stitch alone is not much – but added together with hundreds of other stitches a wonderfully drawn, and most intricate motif begins to emerge. With each stitch I am singing an ode to the brilliance of Amy Christoffers – I am so in love with this pattern! (I am happy she is such a prolific designer because I have my eyes on Ipswich for a spring cardigan – I love the lace yoke!)
That is all I have for today; I wish you all a wonderful and relaxing weekend! See you all back here next week.
Thanks for this blog. Inspiring and encouraging for me. I appreciate you!
That extra 34 minutes is a big deal! I still have to get through February, but the ever-increasing daylight will help. I love your Esme tunic and the fact that it works so well with Reagan and Felix. Pheasant is also wonderful! What’s not so wonderful is that some Senators can’t seem to stay awake to do their job, the one they took an oath to do. What a bunch of immature, disrespectful whiners!
Congrats on the plaid!! Looks like you did a great job. Pheasant is really coming along and looking wonderful and Ipswich looks beautiful. YAY for longer daylight hours. Fletch and I have been noticing that for a week or two now. Mornings still seem dark to me (since I leave before 7 for work), but the afternoons are definitely lighter. Our weekend will be rainy – not sure about P’burgh, but hope you can have a good one!
You almost make me want to take out the sewing machine! (Though it’s been a verrrrrrrrry long time.) The tunic is stunning and looks like you’ll get a great deal of wear from it. I’ve noticed the light too and it’s so good for the soul! The hearings…can’t say I’ve seen much as I’m at work but can you imagine if they DID do what is right and true? Have a nice weekend Kat!
Your tunic looks fabulous, Kat! I love it with your gray cardigans!! Well done you!!
I have definitely noticed the increased daylight — it’s no longer creepy and dark when I walk home from work at the end of the day!
I’m so in love with your colorwork. I never thought of colorwork as being similar to Pointilism before, but you are spot on in your comparison!
I’m just beginning to notice the increased daylight! It’s so very welcome. And bravo to you on your plaid-matching!!! You did an excellent job. Enjoy wearing your new tunic, Kat!
Sunset is 6 pm tonight … SIX PM!! (the mornings are still so dark but the evenings … whoa!) I think you’ve for sure nailed the tunic/plaid thing … and wow! the yarn thing – your phoenix is gonna be gorgeous!
I would love to squish that fair isle! Looks glorious. And I noticed the lengthening of the day as well, it’s nice isn’t it?
I’ve noticed the daylight as well – it’s not dark when I leave work now!
Love the tunic! Well done. I’m hoping to get the fabric for my first Esme in the next couple weeks and give this pattern a go. Happy weekend.