I was happily knitting away on my nordiska sweater and was ready to join in the round (you knit flat for awhile at the beginning) and my stitch count was waaayyy off. I counted increases diligently and I have no idea what I did, but I’ve been avoiding ripping back and figuring out how to do so (and maybe just having to start all over?). So instead of dealing with it, I cast on a new project, as you do. Don’t worry, I will get to it soon, I just find that when I hit a snag on a project, often if I set it aside for a bit I come back to it with more clarity later. Meanwhile, I have been wanting to knit the Betula shawl since it came out a year or more ago. I am knitting it in the called for yarn and the same color way as the original design, which I rarely do but I realized this is why I love this design so much. Betula means “birch” in Portuguese, and knitting it with yarn from Portugal is so special. It is such a soft and yet rustic wooly yarn, and it really isn’t appropriate to work on in all this August heat, but it does make me dream of fall days and I really want to have some warm woolens ready for those brisk days that will be upon us before we know it!