There is something oh so satisfying when a project is laid out on the blocking squares. And, I can claim double the fun (just like double mint gum) having finished Fiadh, my January-February sweater knit-along (KAL), and my friend’s Halley within just days of each other.
Fiadh is a dense Aran sweater with swirling Celtic cables and funky bobbles designed by Marie Greene and knit using Kelbourne Woolens Lucky Tweed in medium gray with white and black flecks for a very classy look. After some self-psychoanalysis to discover the why behind being stuck on sleeve island, I hunkered down and finished the cabled sleeves, picked up 338 stitches for the ribbed front band, shawl collar, and added the vibrant orange hidden pockets. All just in time for 100 degree days, a very unusual meteorological phenomenon for June in Minnesota.
Designed by Martina Behm, another of my go-to designers, Halley incorporates a lacy zigzag reminiscent of Halley’s Comet, as well as stars and meteorites crisscrossing the night sky. Knit using HiKoo Popcycle, an environmentally conscientious blend of 50% bamboo rayon and 50% polyester from recycled plastic bottles.
Knitting, reading and a bit of writing have been my primary activities during our pandemic lockdown. As we slowly emerge fully vaccinated from home into public spaces my COVID project inventory totals 35 between March 2020 to June 2021 with Halley and Fiadh being projects #34 and #35, respectively. Quite an assortment of productivity including three sweaters, seven hats, seven shawls, two pairs of socks, nine cowls, six pairs of mittens (fingerless included) and one cabled, reversible scarf. Swatching for Fireworks is complete but I am waiting for the pattern release on July 1 before beginning Marie Greene’s fifth annual 4-Day Sweater KAL. And so I find myself in an unusual state of affairs with nothing on my needles. Time for a quick delve into the project queue.
6 thoughts on “Halley & Fiadh: A pandemic year of projects”
WOW. You were very productive during the COVID shutdown!! Your sweater looks great. Of course it’s done as summer heat hits!! But I’m guessing it’s not real long before sweater weather in Minnesota.
Those are beautiful knitted garments. I love the close-up of the details. Lovely yarns.
I love that phrase – A pandemic year of knitting. I will be tallying my projects for the 52nd week wrap up. Lovely to read your update.
I like Martina’s patterns as well. Your FOs look lovely and the cardigan looks like it will keep you warm in winter. You’ve had a productive lockdown/pandemic.
The pandemic knitting is beautiful. Amazing how much yarn got consumed by all us knitters over the 15 plus months we were stuck in our homes.
Both of these are gorgeous, so now you not only have two splendid sweaters off the needles, you also get to choose a new project!