For various reasons the last couple of months have been fairly stressful, and now to top it off I’m sitting at home with laryngitis. It’s a little tricky to podcast without a voice, so I’m having to put my Sheepy plans on hold for the time being.
When you’re feeling rubbish, it’s raining outside, and you’re curled up on the sofa, the only thing to do is reach for the knitting. Lately I’ve found that I just can’t deal with anything too complicated. I’ve been making progress with my Season’s Hat, but couldn’t face stranded colourwork this week, so instead I’ve been working on my Driftwood sweater and this afternoon I added the finishing touches.
I’ve added notes to my Ravelry page but, to repeat myself a little, this really is a very well-written pattern. It’s also free!
Comfort knitting for a comfort jumper. I used my favourite (and sadly discontinued) Ethical Twist, in Oatmeal and Mink, however I only had one skein of Mink. Rooting through my stash I found a skein of Fibre Harvest Knit By Numbers and used that as the third colour. It’s the palest shade of their brown base, though it does look quite grey in some lights (and especially in the photos). Still, I’m happy with how it turned out.
Also, I can’t quite believe that this is the first time I’ve woven in the ends properly. I’ve always just winged it in the past and tried to keep it not-too-obvious, but this brilliant post from the Tech Knitter was a revelation. Basically, you’re weaving a duplicate stitch on the right side and the result is damn near invisible.
These pics were taken before blocking, and it’s currently drying on my bathroom floor, but I’m hoping this is going to be a new favourite for curling up on the sofa. It’s soft and cosy; not too heavy; fitted but comfy.
While I wait to wear it, I’m soothing myself with good old garter stitch, and knitting another Cameo. I love the first one I made, but this time I’m after a bigger shawl. I’m using more Knit By Numbers (which is so soft and squooshy) and a skein of Flamboyance Yarn from my stash. I didn’t have enough yarn in two colours so I’m making it in three. Hopefully I’ll finish it in time to take it on the plane to New York on Thursday (yay!) and hopefully I’ll have got my voice back by then!