Thank you so much to everyone for your kind comments on my last post. Your kindness and support really means the world to me, and has made the last few crummy weeks seem a lot easier to deal with.
Overall, I've been doing a bit better lately health-wise. Being able to knit again (yay!!!) is also helping me better cope on the "bad days". I can't sew when I'm fatigued and suffering from brain-fog, but I am able to knit which satisfies my need to be productive. It also satisfies my creative urge (I go positively batty if I am unable to make/create something everyday).
In need of a quick project, I made another "3 hour sweater". This makes four of these I've knit and this one is by far my favourite. I made a few modifications on this one: added a collar, used a different stitch pattern on the body, and extended the ribbing. I would have liked to have made the grey part just a tad longer, but I completely ran out of the (discontinued) grey yarn. Oh well, I'm pretty sure it will stretch out after a couple washes. For more detailed notes, here is a link to my Ravelry project page (Feel free to add me as a friend on Ravelry if you are on there! I love checking out other peoples projects and favouites for inspiration).
I think my favourite thing about this sweater is now I have something to wear this hat with! It's a 1930's pattern (just like the 3-hour sweater), which I made a couple years ago. While I love it, I've never had anything that matched the colour/style. I had just enough yarn leftover to use for the sweater ribbing (the 3-hour sweater is very economical in it's yarn usage!) and am just chuffed to finally be able to get some wear out of this adorable little hat. Makes a nice change to the black beret I wear almost every day.
This project used approx 500m of yarn (which is pretty good for a sweater!) and I may have to make a few more to use up the random balls of yarn I have in my stash. The yarn stash is rather large at the moment (a combination of being unable to knit and a yarn addiction), so more projects like this will be needed to whittle it down a bit. I have a lot of single skeins of discontinued yarn, so if anyone has any pattern suggestions for sweaters that are either economical in their yarn usage, or combine several yarns in one pattern, let me know!
In my effort to destash, I've also been going back to some old "hibernating" projects which have languished at the back of the project pile for far too long. After about 5 years, I finally finished this 1920's workbag:
Not sure why it took so long or why exactly I initially abandoned this project, but I am very pleased for it to finally be done. I used a pair of thrifted handles and scrap fabric for the lining. It's my new project bag for when my best friend moves back home this summer and we resume our weekly knitting/coffee meet-up.
I have a few other projects on the needles, which hopefully I will be able to share before too long. I've been working on a WW1 era sweater for ages and am finally starting to see some progress. I've also started a simple 1920's beaded bag. It's on tiny little needles, so it's going to take a while before that one is done but it looks good so far!
I hope everyone had a good weekend.