I woke up at 3:30 this…

I woke up at 3:30 this morning for no good reason -- luckily, I had gone to bed at 9:30, so wasn't too wiped. But it's going to be a long day, I think. Lori's coming over for a writing/puppy playdate; hopefully I'll be able to focus down and write while she's here.

I probably should have written this morning, but I was too groggy to attempt it -- I knit instead. I'm so close to done with Brooke's Valentine's sweater that I can taste it -- about fifteen more rows of k1p1 on the sleeve:

Despite my frustration with the armhole pattern (for anyone tempted to try the pinwheel sweater, please do yourself a favor and go on Ravelry to get instructions for the much simpler 'afterthought heel' to use for the armholes), I'm really happy with how this is coming out. It looks charming and unusual and even a bit stylish -- I'm hoping to finish it this week, and then Kavi will model it for you before I send it to its intended recipient. I love it so much that (after a break), I may even make it again for Kavi. I'm thinking pinks and oranges maybe? Or else blue and lavender...

Now that I'm finishing that, I of course want to start something else. I found a gorgeous yarn at Loopy Yarns yesterday (which I think is now my favorite of the three yarn stores I've visited in Chicago (the others being Knitting Workshop and Nina)) -- the folks there were just super welcoming and helpful, which is very nice for a nervous novice. I'm going to make a cowl with this, and waffled a while before picking the pattern Wisp.

But after working the pattern for a few rows (on the bottom half of the photos, I got pretty frustrated with how tight the knit-together stitches were -- I think maybe I need sharper-pointed needles? Or to knit looser, but I'm really consciously trying to knit loosely, and to no avail. Also, I think that a plain stockinette stitch (top of photo) actually shows off the yarn better. So I think I'm mostly going to work it in stockinette (sucking up the necessity for all those purl rows, which I still don't enjoy, although purling is getting less painful), and maybe periodically do a few rows of the Wisp pattern, just for visual interest.

I don't know why I seem to be obsessed with cream, pink, and brown at the moment. Ah well.

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