Eesh. Well, I certainly did not mean to take almost an entire month off from blogging. A lack of time (finals week plus some ill-timed work travel just about finished me off) has made it difficult to sit down at the computer for anything but work, and all of a sudden three and a half weeks has slipped by like nothing. I hate when that happens.
Though even if I had posted in the past four weeks, the only thing I'd have been able to show would have been a lot of black stockinette stitch. This has been my knitting view for not four weeks, but two months, actually:
What makes it all worth it is the brilliant yoke:
Yep, I have just finished knitting a Bohus sweater. With practically laceweight yarn, size 0 and 1 needles, colorwork, plus the fact that the yarn was handspun and dyed in the motherland of my ancestors, this may be my biggest and most meaningful knitting feat to date.
Now I had planned to go on and on about how I've always been proud of my Swedish roots and knitting this sweater has made me feel connected with my heritage, and every stitch I took made me think of the Swedish women making the original Bohus sweaters as well as my amazing great-grandparents who took such big risks in moving to the United States....but what I really want to do is show the project I started the minute I finished my Bohus. Because, truth be told, I've become completely and embarrassingly engrossed in the Twilight series and all the black stockinette with laceweight yarn and size 0 and 1 needles got a wee bit tedious at the end, so I promised myself that if I finished before Christmas, I could start Bella's mittens from the movie...
And I did, so I have.
I'll end with another bit of Swedishness. Every year I look forward to pulling out these, my favorite of all Christmas decorations. My mom has set one of these in each window of the house I grew up in for as long as I can remember, and now that I have my own home, I am continuing the tradition.