It has been a busy few weeks! The weather has made a decisive turn and I thought I’d update you on a couple of projects I’ve been knitting lately. I have been so busy teaching workshops and planning things for next year – mainly exciting things! – that it has been difficult to find time to work on personal projects. Now that Christmas is approaching it seems like a good time to focus on my nearest and dearest, and the lucky recipient of this year’s knitted gift under the tree.
A few posts ago I mentioned that I was making the Darkness Coat from Kim Hargreaves’ Still for a very good friend of mine. I’m now in the home straight of knitting what has been a relatively quick but vast project; not since making Frankie from Breeze have I produced so many acres of stocking stitch! I wish I could be bothered to knit something like this for myself. It is shaping up beautifully but I have had real trouble capturing the true shade of this purple. Sometimes it looks violet, sometimes it looks plum. Judge for yourself – either way it looks gorgeous!
This project has been one of those times when I wish I’d realised just how large some of the pieces were going to be! You can see that the hood is pretty massive. I haven’t knitted too many hoods in my time, but it’s safe to say you could get completely lost in this – in a snuggly way, of course. When the right front is done, the last thing to do is add some pockets; just some inconspicuous inseam ones for extra comfort. I have a feeling that wearing this will be like having a portable fleece blanket!
I also found myself looking at my Heart cardigan, feeling guilty for neglecting it. Once this year’s gift is done I’ll give it some attention, but I am pleased to say that half a diamond has now become a full diamond! The pattern is beginning to reveal itself. I’m definitely glad I chose to fill the diamond with garter stitch rather than moss as in the pattern; it gives it a bit more variety. The fabric is very light too, and I love the pink.
Crochet is also in my thoughts. In the summer I found Irene, a beautiful floral lace cardigan by Vicky Chan. I have some 4ply yarn waiting for a purpose and it’s destined to be a sweater version of this pattern. Some people on Ravelry have already made it as a jumper and I think that would work better for me. It’s such a beautiful, inspiring design.
I am also shifting back into design mode myself and have a few assignments on the go. This was how my dining table looked when I finally went up to bed a couple of nights ago. I normally hate leaving mess overnight, but this is what I closed the door on without much of a second thought!
That’s a Barbara Walker volume you see in the background there – and my ever-present Snoopy pencil case, of couse. Any excuse for using a vintage lace stitch pattern 🙂 Incidentally, the next couple of projects I intend to make for myself are lace…and pink. Anyone else notice a theme?
Next week I will start a short series of posts on a current restoration project, something completely different from teaching and designing. It has been – and is – fascinating to work on and I’m looking forward to sharing it with you.