finishing and swatching

I made an exciting decision today, and put it into action immediately. I am going to knit an Owlet pullover for my niece’s twelfth birthday, which is March 30. I’m not sure I can get it to her on time, but my aim is to at least have it finished and posted by that date. It’s been a while that I’ve been drooling over Kate Davies‘ o w l s, deciding to start and giving up because I didn’t have the proper yarn. Today, as soon as I firmly decided to do this, I bought the pattern online, then went straight to the store: I bought 400g of Rowan Felted Tweed Chunky, colorway Wode.

It was expensive, but I know it’s going to be worth it! I couldn’t resist swatching a little immediately, and it’s such a delight to work with. It also made me realize that I have never worked with proper bulky yarn before! The required needle size is 6,5mm so I need to pick up a pair, and I’m thinking I’ll treat myself to a pair of Hiya-Hiyas. I recently bought a pair by accident (because it was the only in the size I needed) and they were wonderful to work with. So I think the yarn and the occasion call for needles that will also be a joy.

While at the store, I also finally picked up the buttons for my Veyla, and in a finishing frenzy sewed them on, as well as the buttons for my Juniper Mitts (on them, the buttons are just decorative, while on Veyla they can actually be unbuttoned). It’s so nice to see them finished finally! Now I just need to block them lightly and we’re done! My baby pullover is also practically finished – I just need to seam up the sides. It’s so satisfying to bring so many projects to an end! Another thing that I did was to rip the WIPs that weren’t going anywhere, and get that burden off my shelf. Feels great! So, once the mitts are blocked and the pullover is on its way to Nicaragua, I’m getting seriously down to my Owlet and the swap hat. Yay, a structured plan. I luv it.

p.s. This also means you get lots of yummy FO posts soon! ;)