I really am in the throes of a writing revival! I've missed blogging, so it's lovely to have a tiny bit of time and space to get back into the rhythm.
First up on my needles, is a simple pair of socks for a special teacher. I'm using a skein of Natural Dye Studio Dazzle HT 4ply. It's knitting up beautifully, and as it's just a pair of plain socks, it's knitting quickly too. I had ideas of knitting her a gorgeous patterned pair, and then I remembered that my last pair of patterned socks took 6 months to finish. Reality hit home and I figured that plain socks that arrived while the weather is still cold were more practical than a pretty pair in the height of summer! I'm over half way through the first sock, so I'm hoping to finish them before half term.
My next project is a Wee Levenwick by the lovely Gudrun Johnston. I've been meaning to knit garments for the kids for a while now, and this gorgeous cardigan (in both the kids and adults sizes) has been in my mind. I was nudged into action by two things... Firstly, a great friend sent me some balls of New Lanark Aran. Not enough for an adult garment and too much for an accessory; the perfect quantity for a child's garment. And then secondly, another very kind friend gifted me the pattern on Ravelry! So really, I had no excuse at all. It was time to cast on.
The cardigan is knitted from the top down, with a simple but effective old shale (or feather and fan) lace pattern at the collar and down the asymmetric front opening. I'm just on the raglan increases at the moment, but it's knitting along at a nice pace.
My other WIP is this zingy yellow jumper. I've got to admit, that despite only having a sleeve and a half remaining... I'm not sure about it. I'm not sure if I'll wear it, and I'm not sure about the neckline and hem. I fear that the ribbing is going to flip annoyingly. You can sort of see in that photo that it's already doing it. I'm hoping I can somehow overcome my inertia, as I really would like the satisfaction of finishing it. It's knitted in DK yarn, so it really shouldn't take me too long. I just need to feel the love for it in some way. Otherwise it's going to languish in my WIP/mending bag, always being rejected in favour of something else more "fun".
I feel sorry for it now! I had such aspirations when I cast it on. Maybe it just needs to tell me who its for. Perhaps I've been thinking it was for me, when actually it isn't.
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