If you guessed I was doing a lot of knitting in quarantine, then you would be 100% correct.
Unfortunately, none of my projects are what I would consider “instant gratification”, so I have very little to show for it.
These rainbow socks are part of a swap I’m working on with a Ravelry friend. I’m not a lace knitter, so she’s making me a lace shawl I’ve been too scared to attempt, and I’m making her a pair of socks in exchange. She asked for “ALL THE COLORS,” so I’m doing my best to oblige.
Ash has been having a lot of chronic pain issues this winter/spring that finally hit a head in April and ended up with a trip to the ER. She had a minor procedure a couple of weeks ago that seems to have sorted everything out (no pain since, her longest run since February). It’s so frustrating when someone close to you is in pain, and there’s nothing you can do to help them. My love language is knitwear, so I cast on these socks while sitting with her one evening. They go fabulously with her black and white PJs, which she’s been living in during our shelter in place period. If you’re familiar with hand knit socks and think these look funny, it’s because they are cotton and don’t contain elastic (unlike store bought cotton socks). The lack of elasticity means they look HUGE when they aren’t on a foot, but I promise the fit is perfect. 🙂 Ash can’t wear regular wool socks due to a lanolin allergy, so I have to get creative when yarn shopping for her.
The last project I’ve been knitting on is what I’m calling my “doomed sweater.” It’s doomed because I know I’m going to run out of yarn, but haven’t been able to find a place that sells more (the places I’ve checked are currently out of stock). Thankfully, it’s a common yarn (Lion Brand) so it should be restocked…eventually.
I’m totally winging it on the pattern, so I don’t know if this is going to be short sleeve or long sleeve; depends on how much yarn is left once I finish the body. I’m almost ready to divide for the sleeves. Sadly, even though I planed for this to be a wider neck sweater, once I started knitting the yolk my gauge must have changed and my nice wide neck cinched up to something that is very close fitting. So this may end up going to charity, anyway. I’m not super mad; I was mostly just trying to use up some leftover yarn from another project, and to use up some gifted yarn (the Lion Brand) that I otherwise wouldn’t use for myself.
Gwyd continues to do well. Bast has accepted him as a member of the family. They give each other headbutts and groom each other. They’re still trying to figure out how to play together, but they are super cute.
We discovered this week that putting him in a harness calms him down and he loves wearing it; he doesn’t collapse and go boneless like most cats when you put them in a harness. We don’t recommend taking him for walks because of his FIV, but the harness does make him easier to manage and helps with getting him in/out of the carrier.
Gwyd is still looking for a forever home, so if you know of anyone looking for a sweetheart of a kitty with a home that is FIV friendly, please let me know! If you’d like to see videos of him, you can check out my instagram (@Knotmagick).