This feels like a real mini-holiday: a whole Saturday morning when we don't have to be anywhere, don't have to do anything, are not exhausted from a day's work, and can please ourselves. Might not sound like much, but hey, you take what you can get, right? Sandra is baking, and I am photographing knitting, blogging and generally poddling round. (Note to self: next time you plan a morning like this check in advance that at least one camera battery is not flat. But I digress...)
My knitting isn't being recorded here, and I regret that. It's so much easier to whack a photo and some notes in Rav. But I don't want to limit myself to that; I want to record what I've been doing here as well. So here's my output for February and March.
One asymmetric vest for me. As soon as I saw this yarn, Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend, at iknit in London in 2008 I had to have it. It was too much to carry home, so I ordered it when I got back (not from iknit, but that's another story). I knew I wanted to make an asymmetric vest, but I couldn't find exactly the pattern. Having decided I would have to design it myself, I was leafing through knitting books one day (see how wonderful it is having your knitting books in the living area?) when I found it, in Sally Melville's Book 2 of The Knitting Experience series. Although I generally find her patterns too boxy and rather dated, this was the look I was going for, and it saved me hours of work. Thanks, Sally. It was a quick knit and I love it. It's warm and soft and a great colour. (If anyone mentions pilling I shall have to suffocate them with the left-over yarn - 2 skeins - and it wasn't cheap.) Only one thing - if I were making this again I would put in bust darts - the front rises up a bit.
One Montego Bay scarf for me. Sandra bought this yarn for me as a surprise gift: handmaiden seasilk in colour Matisse and I just had to cast on and go straight away. It took me ten evenings to knit and a couple more to do the fringe. The colours are just stunning as you can see in the ball - they don't really show properly in the light this evening.
I am making slow progress on an alpaca cardigan in a drops pattern with a patterned yoke with a deep shaped rib, and the body on 3.25mm needles, plain stocking stitch to the armholes. I blogged this eight months ago, and it has grown a bit since then, just not enough for make for an interesting photo.
I have finished what I am calling my Tattoo Cardigan, and have even worn it once. I'm writing up this pattern in my spare time (hah!), and will put it up for sale for a few dollars when it's done. I started with a drops cardigan shape, but I moved so far from it in both the shaping and the added lace pattern that it's really completely original.
I have also made an Mountain View Cardigan in the new Sunday from Morris and Sons, a cotton cashmere mixture that feels divine to work with and to wear. This is a very shaped garment, but as I'm not as shapely as the model I didn't do the front vertical darts, preferring to work bust darts instead. I made this a little longer than I usually do but shorter than the pattern, and it fits like a dream. My only beef with the pattern (which you pay for) is that the paragraphing and heading levels don't make it as easy to follow as I'd have liked.
And last night I started swatching for another cardigan in the stunning, muddy colours of Araucania sock yarns. This one is inspired by a photo of a man's sideways cardigan in the latest Rowan mag, but will be much more textured and feminine and slightly fitting. So far it's looking amazingly folkloric, and I will go with that theme.But I can't get out of my head that it looks like a child's pattern. Maybe once I've added another simple texture and it's scaled up it will look more grownup.