It’s been an eventful week and I am glad it is over. Yesterday evening I treated myself to some time under the blanket making something I have been dreaming of for well over a year.
A simple top with hidden angora hems that peek over the picot
The stuff? Louisa Harding’s Pure Angora and Debbie Bliss’s Cashmerino DK. I started off with a provisional cast on and an inch and a half below my intended neckline. Knitting with the angora, I decreased at the raglan points until I reached the number of stitches for my neckline. Worked the picot edging, joined in the navy cashmerino and started my top down raglan properly. When the cashmerino bit matched the angora hem in length, I joined them together and continued knitting.
I can’t wait to get to the other hems! I got stuck into some other swatching I’ve been meaning to do for the last week as well.
This is an idea of what I’m planning for the cardigan with the apples ribbon. I’m dying to get this underway, too. I have two other projects in mind as well. One is a black Christmas top edged with black lace and the other is a snuggly aran zip-up jacket for my mum (with a furry zip-up collar!). If I can get all four of these knitted by Christmas I’ll be really happy. I want to write patterns for them all.
What else? Oh yes! Hung out for a while at This is Knit yesterday afternoon. I donated some socks for their display at the Knitting & Stitching Show next week and showed off my new hat (wearing it still, by the way. It goes well with my dressing gown). I picked up some extra Rialto Aran for the red cardigan above, some sock yarn… and Summer Tweed to make Alb something for Christmas.
Left – Summer Tweed, Right – Arucania Sock Yarn
In other news, I have been having very strange dreams lately. Can the equinox influence dreams? On the first night, I met Stephanie Pearl-McPhee. We got on like a house on fire and I woke up in great form. The next night, I threw a party and Fiona Ellis was there. This surprised me greatly – even in the dream – because I didn’t know what Fiona Ellis looked like. I gave her a big hug and walked through a fire place into another room. Last night, I dreamt invisible aliens were taking over the world, eliminating human beings one by one all the while observing our behaviour and rituals. At one point, I poured blue paint all over Alb.
I really preferred the famous knitters dreams.