Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Knitting placeholder

I really mustn't leave a Christmas /New Year message up beyond the end of January, so this is just to show you what I've one since last summer. Not as much, as I might have wished. I had about 3 months where I couldn't knit! Frustration doesn't begin to describe my feelings...I had a funny lesion on the side of my right middle finger, and could't knit at all, couldn't type properly, and even buttons and tying shoelaces became a real problem. There was a dressing of some sort on the finger from July until early November, first my own attempt of an ordinary plaster when it first came up and kept bleeding messily on anything and everything, then a professional sausage-like finger-covering that the nurses kept renewing for what seemed like weeks after the GP excised the excrescence itself. Eventually it needed cauterising too, and I was able to finish the jumper I had started in June:

Dark Grey cable jumper
I really was glad to get the cable jumper finished! TMOH had chosen the yarn, and it was pure wool, and good to handle ... but such a dark colour that it was very wearing on the eyes, so in the dark autumn and winter evenings, I was only able to attack it in short bursts. During November, just after my dressing had finally come off the finger and I had restarted work on the jumper, I met some friends in Salisbury. After lunch we landed in the wool shop - as you do! And I rather fell for Sirdar's new yarn, Gisellle. So I bought a book of patterns specifically for it - it's aran weight - and sufficient yarn to make any of them I fancied, once I was free of the grey cables. 

Beginnings of cardigan in Giselle 131
Every so often I would go and look at my bag of soft purply-pink, blue and cream yarn, and tell myself that I could start on it as soon as the grey cables were finished. 

Finally, just after the New Year, the jumper was done, and I could make a start on something for myself. I decided on a cardigan, and this photo is from when I was 50 rows up both body and sleeves. It's a raglan pattern, so I'm doing the tops of both body and sleeves all together, with a couple of purl stitches to denote the 'seam' line and save having to sew in the sleeves afterwards. I'm more than twice as far on as this now, but I haven't taken another photo yet.  

Finished cardigan - and scarf, that I had enough yarn for as well 


  1. Oh what pretty colours! I can well imagine the huge relief of turning from the dark grey - especially in this dreary weather....

    1. At least in this cold weather the grey cables have proved their worth, and are being worn almost daily! I know he chose the yarn, but new things tend to be 'kept for best' for longer than this before coming into regular use...