May I present you Mo the kitten. She is occupying my seacoast sweater at the moment – turns out she likes natural sheep wool. With Mo the extremely curious and sweet Mi moved into our home.
They moved in on Friday and it already feels like they were here all our lives. Mi and Mo are 4 month old and both have an issue with their right eye when they got infected with cat flu right after they were born by their wild cat mother. The very patient and sweet Woman who found and took care of Mi, Mo and their two other siblings (who had no issues with their eyes) called me back after I called an animal shelter in Berlin if they have kittens in our region.
We visited her and instantly fell in love with Mi and Mo. They can do everything despite the infected eye and were so trustful and cuddly from the very first minute. I have had contact with many cats in my life and we had one when I lived in Japan, but never have I ever found such trusting souls like these two.
So, knitting! I knit a lot at the moment. The seacoast sweater was finished. I tried it on. Realized that I managed to make one sleeve larger than the other and the larger one fitted me better (5 stitches made the difference). So I unravelled the first sleeve, which was worked in the amount of stitches written in the pattern and added 5 extra stitches on the underarm-cast-on. Luckily sleeves on top-down sweaters are not much work because most of the work is already done when you have reached the underarms.
Over all this sweater is really nice to knit up. The stitch patterns are very easy to remember, there is always something to count, but not too much to drive one crazy. In the picture you can see my
ingenious way to mak the increase round for me to remember that I should increase some time soon. I put bobby pins into the increased stitch. It’s not that you need it for counting, but it’s a subtle reminder, that you should increase soon. I tend to forget this when knitting in stockinette for rounds and rounds. When the space between pin and needle grows I’m more cautious and count through the previous rounds if I need to increase again.
Some people may remember what number of round they are knitting in stockinette – I never do. It’s like the continuous knit stitches suck out every bit of memory space out of my mind. Maybe I should buy a row-counter tool, but guess what I would forget to click it and then count the rows nevertheless being unsure if I have clicked every row.
Joining in with KCCO.