Challenge ahead

Challenge ahead

Before this month ends I thought I would share a project I have been knitting which I haven’t added to my Ravelry project pages. I am still not online as much as I need time to feel more confident and stop doubting myself so much. I received the most generous and luxurious gift of a Bohus kit purchased at the Bohus museum in Sweden (a luxurious treasure for me) for the hat I am posting about today. I had read about Bohus and viewed some of the yoke sweaters online but I had never experienced actually knitting anything. I know how much I enjoyed knitting Balmaha, although not a Bohus design the use of purl stitches to add texture really appealed to me. That’s why I knit two sweaters!

I loved the kit with all the tiny skeins of merino and angora, cruelty free and hand dyed in soft shades of blue. With blue being one of my favourite colours the yarn and design were calling to me to start to knit. I love knitting with fine gauge needles 2.0mm in this case but imagine my shock when I discovered the pattern wasn’t written in English. I think most will know I love to read patterns and hope I understand the instructions to give me the confidence to knit any design. There was a challenge ahead as I couldn’t just give up as this was a gift which I really wanted to knit to the best of my ability. I dint mind the fine needles and the fact there was a lot of purl stitches and three colour knitting in a lot of the rounds but the words didn’t make sense. The chart was fine but I noticed that some parts had more stitches in the middle of the design and how on earth would I knit the crown?

Google was my friend (although not the best friend I would rely on to tell any secrets) I entered each word one by one into the translation box and hoped the knitting terms could be deciphered! Some came back that brought a smile to my face but I gleaned enough to help me start and hopefully work out the different type of knitting from a chart than I am used to. I even modified the stitch count (yes, I was shocked too) as the hat looked very tall/long with a lot of stitches. I hoped if I used less then the length woudn’t matter as my head would take this up in width. Some rounds required me to increase for this part of the design while others require a few less stitches. My mind was boggled as my maths can be somewhat confused, very easily.

I enjoyed my knitting sessions with this hat as I could stop thinking about ‘this and that’ and give full concentration to the hat. I loved how fine the knitting was and how my mind reacted to knitting like this. I would never be brave enough to do my own thing with any garments from my favourite designers but something with this hat took me out of my comfort zone and still enjoy knitting. Perhaps I felt better as I hadn’t created a project on Ravelry with my attempts to modify a design amongst people who have a lot more capability than me. I am trying to learn more about construction, not to enter the designer world as that is far beyond anything I could ever do. I just need to reassure myself that I am learning something.

hat off

hat off

I was hesitant to allow dad to take photos and was just taking one myself when dad took one of me taking the photo and then used his ‘sit, click., I know you don’t like your photo but….’ I hope you will be able to see the beauty of the design as I have looked at photos but it was only when I knit the hat, I could see the intricate design work and remember all the three colour rows. I could easily become addicted to this style of knitting. The hat is very comfortable and ever so soft. I am not sure if I will add it to my project pages but for today I will share it on my blog.

I now know why people who knit Bohus yoke sweaters can take several years to complete the design. If the patterns were in English I would have a huge temptation to invest in a kit as this hat was an wonderful discovery all thanks to a dear friend who sent me this kit, had more faith in me than I did! Absorbing hours and hours of knitting, learning and enjoying the different style of knitting especially as I love fine gauge.

I have one little treasure to share, while waiting for photos, I can study the shrubs, nettles etc and found a little treasure trove of ladybirds and a few caterpillars. The ladybirds were very tiny. I only had my iPhone but I hope you can see this important little bug and know how much joy I experienced to see a healthy patch of ground.

Ladybird heading home

I am still resting and clearing my mind but thank all my friends and everyone who reads my blog for there caring comments and messages to help me through some difficult times. Thank you for reading and caring. Beverley

Knitting alone

Knitting alone

Along came dad

Along came dad