Back at work... I had a blissful break over Easter. Mostly I slept. I hadn't realised quite how tired I was. But we also went to the Easter Show (think State Fair if you're in the US) and there are photos. I will put an album up later in the week - I have to upload them from Sandra's puter and I was just plain too tired to do that yesterday. But I did mow my pocket-handkerchief lawn and stock up my groceries before I collapsed. My favourite cable TV channel had a marathon UK crime drama weekend, so we watched Morse and Midsomer Murders and knitted for
hours days on end. We also saw a movie - Maggie Smith in My House in Umbria, which was a great piece of escapism and a feel-good story. Just look at the scenery and her jewellery and clothes - my god, her clothes were completely stunning - and weep. The way that woman can drape a scarf...!
Still running in ends on the vest, but I have carefully steam pressed it and it has the most beautiful handle and drape. Really silky. The Bambi Merino (from Stick to your Knitting) is just the loveliest thing I've ever knitted with, I think. Still knitting on the T-shirt; I am almost up to full width on the dolman sleeves - well named. The loooong loooong rows make me doleful, for sure. But it is looking great and I just have to stick to my knitting for a bit longer.
I've been swatching for an aran from a recent Interweave Knits: Kathy Zimmerman's 'Bed and Breakfast'. I have enough wool and tencel mix, which will be a good weight for Sydney, and the square that I got gauge with has a good drape, even though it was on 4.5 needles instead of 5.5. Not sure how heavy the original yarn was, but I'm happy with this result.
I did spend a couple of hours going through my stash on Saturday, and have made a list of my next few projects. Something for the little girls in New Zealand from several skeins of rainbow dipdyed wool that Narelle left, the aran I've just mentioned, a cardigan in Eki Riva alpaca and silk, and another Singapore Cotton top, this time in Jo Sharp Soho cotton with longer sleeves. And socks, of course, for bus-and-meeting knitting. I've also got some amazing mohair/wool - single plied and sooo glossy) that Narelle and I bought in New Mexico from Tierra Wools at Los Ojos. It looks to me like it will be a South American-styled jacket, but probably not this year.
There's other stuff as well. Mostly luxe stuff, mohairs and silks and cashmeres, only a few dozen metres of most of them. Like I need more scarves! Two years ago I had two old ones in my wardrobe; now I must have about eight. I suppose I could try draping them two at a time. Or maybe I could send them to Maggie Smith...