Winter has finally arrived, and it is so nice to be able to wear cosy, warm things, and be wrapped up in all the knitted goodness!
It has been very wet for the past few weeks, and there have been floods in the garage causing damage to what is left of things that I have been trying to keep nice but cannot fit into my small house. It has left me strangely depressed and frustrated. More lessons learned in what structural features to look for when considering if water is an issue. For example, culverts cut into the concrete in front of the garage – what for except to drain away water? And of course, there is the matter of that hole in the roof which made itself known the first time it rained… The landlord is supposedly doing something about it.
This holiday weekend we have had gorgeous blue skies and crisp, cold days, and the mood is much improved by the sight of some sunshine!
I have discovered that I need a few new things in my wardrobe. The office is very warm, and not suitable for some of my heavier sweaters.
Light Gale, a tunic-style sweater by Alicia Plummer should fill a gap and be versatile enough for both work and casual wear. I am knitting it in The Wool Company’s Merino Possum in the Mink colourway.
Alicia has made a strange yardage recommendation though. I really cannot see how I will need 1,400yd/1,280m for this project when it doesn’t have sleeves nor yardage-eating properties like cables. I have now knitted the entire back, and have only used 300+ metres. My generous estimate is that this project will require less than 900m/980yd to finish. We shall see. I am not worried if I need more yarn. I have chosen a sweater quantity of yarn out of my stash, and there is more than enough to finish it.
At the same time, I appear to have developed shawl fever, probably due to a desire for nice warm things around my shoulders!
This is Waiting for Rain in one of Anna Gratton’s discontinued yarns, a mohair, wool, silk mix.
I am knitting it alongside the beautiful Liliaceous from Mary-Anne Mace.
This one is going to be a gift. It is in Zealana Kiwi Laceweight in the Fern colourway.
To cheer up the dumps caused by the flooding issues, I couldn’t resist this exquisite beauty from Holland Road Yarn Company this week:
It is, would you believe it, my very first gradient yarn purchase. My absolute weakness is shades of pink and green together… it’s the sort of colour that makes your heart leap in gladness. Now to find a pretty lace shawl pattern to match it!
I paired the purchase with some Outlaw Yarns Bohemia Worsted which I think will make a lovely, snuggly, cabled cowl at some point. It is also a yarn I have not tried yet, and I am looking forward to seeing what it can do!
It is absolutely wonderful to think that there is one more day at home before the working week begins. Hurrah for long weekends!
I hope you are enjoying your weekend, wherever you are.