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A Verb for the New Year (Eat?)

I only realised today that I haven't updated this monster since January. The small detail that got in the way was a global pandemic. While everyone was coping with the loneliness, I was dealing with about 3x as much work as normal as I took on the jobs of schoolteacher, nurse and club animator which I added to cook, maid, accountant, general administrator and conflict management coach. Needless to say, little knitting has gotten done since then. However, here I share my meagre offerings of the bizzaro-eed, as they say here, and sometimes tragic year we've just been through.

I happened upon a really fun Ravelry KAL (knit-a-long) in March based on a free pattern by Jodi Locatelli and sponsored by Malabrigo Yarns. I happened to have three Malabrigo Dos Tierras yarns (Sunset, Archangel & Arco Iris) lying around in my stash waiting for a future project, and since the Post was down during the pandemic, it seemed like a perfect little project.

I also finished an epic WIP (work-in-progress) I started waaaay back in 2014 when I was just learning how to knit. It's called the Tree of Life Blanket and it's all in one colour, in acrylic yarn (before I knew what merino yarn or even natural fibres were) and features cables to create interlaced tree branches. Even though it's riddled with most of my early-knitter holes and mistakes, Augustin instantly claimed it. It just goes to show that one person's beginner blanket is another person's treasure.

Finally, I knit my second pair of socks, Smocked Guernsey Socks, in Expression Fiber Arts' Cashsilk in the variegated colourway Komorebi. Wrapping the smocked stitches on tiny needles took forever, but I couldn't be happier with the soft, super-warm socks. These will be one thing, possibly the only thing, that cheers me up when the cold weather hits.

Wishing all of you a great start to the new year, school and otherwise, many happy beginnings and good endings.


Lyon, France



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