Time for a knitting update! I finished the shawl I was working on over Christmas. This photo, taken after work and thus after dark, doesn’t show the colours very well, but it was great fun to watch them glide past my fingers as I knit. I bought the wool at the Glasgow School of Yarn in October. The shade is “Rainbow Dreams,” which is perfect for the yarn and also perfect for me just now. I am trying to keep very positive and I am actively looking for rainbows!
The pattern is both easy and clever, and I really like the effect:
Now for my confession. Over two years ago I saw a cardigan a friend had made: “Wentworth” by the brilliant Kaffe Fassett. I am not normally a big fan of mohair but I loved the cardigan. I asked her whether it was too delicate to wear as an everyday cardi and when she said not in the least, that she wore it loads, I was smitten. The next problem was that the wool to make “Wentworth” – all nearly 20 shades of Kidsilk Haze – cost about £200, which is more than I’ve paid for any garment I’ve ever bought, much less made myself. So I decided that, especially since I had plenty of other wool to knit up already, I would let time be on my side. Over the course of two years I bought one or two balls of the wool each month. And this Christmas, my stockpile was complete! (I don’t think I actually took food out of my family’s mouths.)
It’s not the kind of project that you can do on the bus, as most colours are used for just one row. But it’s simple, and immensely pleasurable. (The original pattern has you knit the back and two fronts separately and seam them, but I’m knitting from one button band to the other, and I’ll divide when I get to the underarms. I’m also weaving in ends as I go, insofar as possible. I know that assembling it will not be the work of an afternoon!)
This has been a good week at our house. The Dafter has managed to go to school – form class plus one or two lessons – each day Monday through Thursday. This morning, Friday, she was so very exhausted and becoming unwell again that we sent her back to bed. Thanks to everyone again for your kind thoughts and encouragement. I am so pleased that she’s taken this big step, and I am focusing on the fact that she is better, overall, than she was before Christmas.
Have a really good weekend, everyone!