We now return to our normal schedule

In Galway there exists a phenomenon known as Race Week. Businesses and services take half days or close completely whilst the world and its mother descends on the city to dress up, drink and gamble. Race week comes crashing down on the tail of the Arts Festival. The Arts Festival is all about the wild and wonderful; the colours, smells and noises. Race week is all about the moneymoneymoney.

Things are so crazy, in fact, that if you’re not into horse racing the best thing to do would be to leave the city for the week. Or you can do what I did and run around town yesterday getting all my shopping and planning for a week bunkered at home. Traffic will be so bad that driving anywhere won’t be an option.

My knitting has been all over the place lately. I really wasn’t in love with any of my projects (Icarus is dull, the blue fluffy raglan has shed over everything I own and I discovered my toe-up sock was far too big after I completed the heel – which, by the way, turned out great)… and then I had a few days of rebelling against The Patterns. This is the result of reading a combination of Barbara Walker, Elizabeth Zimmermann and Barbara Abbey (just got Knitting Lace out of the library). So I got out my pencil and notebook and re-started a project that I had very nearly finished, but hated.

This is going to be much, much nicer. A V-neck top with optional everythings: V-neck or round neck, short sleeves or long sleeves, waist shaping or none. Are you digging that raglan increase up there? I know I am! It’s a double increase that I found in my Knitting From the Top Down. I wanted one that added detail, but wasn’t as see-through as a yo increase. This increase is worked k1-yo-k1 all into the seam stitch. I am really excited to see how this turns out!

I picked up some wool yesterday. Here we have some Kilcarra tweed. 800g of tweed, actually. I bought it because the colour is exactly what I had in mind… and it was 800g for €30. I definitely wouldn’t get the recommended Felted Tweed for anything near that.

kilcarra tweed yarn

I also got some ggh soft kid because it was marked down to €5 a ball.

ggh soft kid yarn

There’s a hoodie in one of the Rebecca magazines that I’ve always wanted to make but held off because the soft kid was so expensive. Just look at those lovely apple colours! It’s going to be so soft and snuggly!

2 thoughts on “We now return to our normal schedule

  1. WoW!

    Where did you find this yarn you lucky thing? I am searching for some nice tweed for the same fabulous cardi and can not find anything affordable. Good thing I’m flying to Poland in few days, maybe I will find something nice there ;o)
    Oh, and the girls at NUIG meet every 2 weeks now. Next meeting – August 7th -if you’re in town.

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