January 7, 2010


Filed under:Shawls,Startitis,Sweaters,Works In Progress — Aileen @ 13:43

Maybe you, like me, are sick of hearing about snow. Let’s not talk about snow. Let’s talk about far more interesting and relevant things, like knitting!

There’s nothing like a cold snap to prompt a serious bout of startitis. Here’s my Peaks Island Hood. I’m using Tivoli Celtic Superwash which I haven’t used in a few years. They’re now spinning it in Turkey, more’s the pity, but the yarn has changed from being quite scratchy to being very soft and smooth. I am about halfway through but had to leave it down because there is only so much seed stitch I can knit (see: lingering Minimalist cardigan…)

I got a really nice Christmas present of a pile of Rowan Lima to make Stilwell. I love the yarn, I love the pattern…

…but for some reason, my gauge has decided to bump itself up a few stitches in the 30 seconds between knitting my swatch and knitting the garment. When I took the photo this morning, I thought, hmm, that looks a bit small. It’s actually about 14″ across, which means I’m going to end up with a 28″ jumper. I can go no further.

Which is just as well for Alb because it means I am just going to have to resume knitting his jumper.

I stalled out because I wanted him to try it on before I went any further. I am about halfway down the body after joining it under the arms. I got him to try it on last night and the verdict was: 1. The colour is nice. 2. The texture is nice (newsflash! men like plain stockinette!). 3. It’s a bit short right now.

Keeping me going during the Christmas holidays – although, honestly, there wasn’t much knitting as I was very busy with the sleeping and the eating – was another Swallowtail shawl made from Wagtail mohair.

Yesterday I rearranged my bedroom, moved my desk beside the window and put my sewing machine on it. The effect was instantaneous: now I feel like sewing. Isn’t it strange how light and surroundings can affect how much you want to do something? Anyway, I finished up the cutest wee project last night that I’ll show you tomorrow. I have been very brave and have decided to try and sew another skirt. I currently have two Frankenskirts languishing so hopefully this will be third time lucky!



  1. Well done, you certainly have been busy.

    Comment by Mary — January 7, 2010 @ 17:11

  2. Frankenskirts! Love the name.
    Gorgeous little snowflakes in Stilwell too :D

    Comment by kneehigh — January 7, 2010 @ 21:16

  3. Peaks Island Hood is a bit of a seed stitch marathon but worth it, yours is looking lovely. Interesting observation about the sewing machine, bring it out of its case and it’s ‘Here I am ….let’s sew’!

    Comment by Linda — January 7, 2010 @ 21:31

  4. You knit so beautifully!

    Comment by Kimberly — January 8, 2010 @ 02:57

  5. haha, Frankenskirts… Don’t I know those…
    Loads of pretty knitting going on there. Thank you so much for your offer, I will surely contact you if ever I need help. Thanks again! I’m always amazed hom much knitting (and big projects too) you do, you must knit like the wind… ;-)

    Comment by Saskia — January 8, 2010 @ 10:01

  6. They’re all so pretty.

    Comment by Coastal Aussie — January 8, 2010 @ 10:27

  7. What a lovely round up of WIPs. I love the peaks island hood, Ysolda’s designs are lovely. It’s a pity the Stilwel will have to be ripped back, it looks great.

    Comment by Bionic Laura — January 9, 2010 @ 21:36

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