I love autumn. I love bookstores and new books and sort of envy the children who get all kinds of new books in the beginning of a school year. I love the smell of a new book, the crisp feel in the hands and finding out the first time what is hiding between the covers. Autumn is also the time to sharpen pencils and start writing down new plans, time to get into shape after lazing (I was not lazy this summer thought – a lot was accomplished outside of the house) without definite schedules for weeks during the summer. It is time to make a fresh start, maybe start a new craft or set goals for body exercise or time to make a decision to finally cut down the amount of sweets or coffee or what ever is giving you bad conscious. Autumn is a fresh start to me.
(I always think in the autumn that this year I will make a good structure for my house hold chores, so that every single corner and closet of the house would get some cleaning over the winter… but this always fails. I wish somebody would start a good cleaning blog or household blog and write inspirational stuff there… introduce different ways to do different things. I could use that kind of inspiration. Maybe there already is a blog devoted to that… must google to find out.)
So this is a good time of the year to be making resolutions. The fall resolutions work better for me than New Year’s because in the middle of the winter, the lack of day light is showing and also the Christmas time always wears me out.
I love yarns. I buy yarn very often without a specific pattern in my mind; I just go with the desire.
the colourchart for yarn by Maisa Tikkanen
I want to be able to do that because new yarn really makes me happy - even though I sometimes get overwhelmed when I look at the amount of yarn I already have.
the colourchart for the yarn by Maisa Tikkanen
I don’t buy excessively, and don’t exceed my budget, so it is under control. Where I could be better is the colour choices. I know what colours I mostly wear and by now know for sure what will remain in the closets – so I’m going to make myself a card
magazine clippings of favourite colours
where I will collect all the colours that I like and wear (and the girls’ favourite colours as well) and will slip that card into my purse. All the natural colours are fine – I love them all. I prefer wool but knit sometimes with cotton too, so no restrictions there.
When I buy yarn I should take the time to think a little bit for what the yarn would be good for. Like when I’m buying cotton, most likely it will end up becoming a little summer top or similar so I should buy the amount of that plus a little extra for making a swatch. Often when I see new yarn I forget the fact that I buy yarn to make something – sounds silly, doesn’t it – so a little list of things I’m planning to knit over the coming months along with the colour card in the purse is not a bad idea. I have started to make a list of interesting and tempting patterns as well. I have already listed a few in Ravelry in the Queue and will keep doing that. In a good yarn shop a saleslady can help often with the amount of yarn needed but there is a little handy tool
from Interweave Press that I will keep in my purse as well. (Actually I don’t have a purse, I drag a backbag around instead.)
Having all these randomly bought different wools/cottons in the stash brings me to the fact that very seldom my yarn matches the yarn that is advised in the pattern that I have chosen. This is not a problem if I’m prepared to swatch and recalculate the pattern according to my size with new numbers but this is where I’m bad very often. I’m too lazy to take the time to rethink the pattern thoroughly beforehand but this will have to change.
Enid is on the way. I did a swatch for her and tried to make a swatch that felt right – not too loose nor too tight – and then blocked it well.
a swatch for Enid with 3 mm needles
I ended up not having the same gauge that is in the pattern what means that now I need to do some math.
This is the good part. The planning. The hard part starts when all the good plans for some reason don’t work and I need to rethink and recalculate and rip. And rip.
I’m prepared and willing… I hope.