So here I was making sneaky plots and happy plans for lots of beautiful knitting as soon as I finished the knitting of the two raglan sleeved jackets.
But as often happens, the best laid plans of mice and men tend go the way of Murphy’s Law…
I had grand ambitions to cast on Celestarium, and here is the yarn…
all ready to knit and strung with beads (no, I will not put them on with a crochet hook unless I am contemplating sending myself insane), but for the lack of appropriately sized DPNs. Sigh. I would have thought, with my vast collection of needles, that I had every sized needle known to knitters. Apparently not. I went to the yarn store to get the needles, and would you believe it, they were out of stock. Celestarium will be done, as soon as I can find some DPNs!
Then, as often happens when I load too much on my plate, I was also deathly tired. So all weekend, I tried to knit a swatch, and half managed it. It’s fair isle, and my head in a tired state does not cope with colour changes. I guess it’s just because I don’t regularly knit colourwork. I will tell you about this in a separate post as I am quite happy with the eventual swatch I settled with.
Instead, I managed to knit a fair amount of my new giant project:
This basket of yarn is going to become a hoodie. It’s for my brother-in-law. He’s a tall man, and well built. I estimate I am going to need about 1.2kg of DK weight yarn by the time I’m done. It’s in a beautiful, naturally coloured 100% New Zealand wool. It’s good knitting when you are too tired for anything else.
I’m also trying to start Irish Moss. I have identified a yarn, but the swatch turned out too big. Alice Starmore must be a tight knitter I think… I’m not quite sure how she got so many stitches into DK/worsted weight yarn without turning the project into knitted cardboard. I think I know a solution to the problem, but haven’t got to doing the math yet.
And finally, thanks to my bestest knitting friend Kb, I am in possession of some of the loveliest sock yarn from Violet Green. It is 30% nylon(!), 70% BFL, but it is delightfully soft and silky, and I just love the colour! I shall makes socks with it. These ones. Thank you Kb!!