After a hectic month or so I am (almost) back on track. I have been knitting but cannot yet publish pictures of the most recent finished objects. The baby cardis are completed and handed over to the person who requested them but not yet to the intended recipients. The child's waistcoat for Abravo Alpacas is also completed and the pattern on sale.
The summer circular yoke jumper in the polyester eyelash yarn still hasn't got very far.
And neither has the last pair of Alexis gloves. With winter approaching the jumper can be left in abeyance for a while but the gloves completed. The gloves may be fingerless and to a certain extent palmless but they do keep the hands warm.
With Christmas coming and an event to attend I thought something festively sparkly would be in order. I am always cold so seeing me well wrapped up is nothing unusual for those who know me. As the jumper won't be worn often, I chose a Knitting Essentials yarn in colour Navy Sparkle, 98% acrylic, 2% metallic yarn. £1 for a 75g ball from Poundland. It knits like a dream. The pattern is a simple round neck raglan in stocking stitch, the same pattern that I have used for what must be coming up to four decades. I am not one for fancy or intricate designs on the knits I wear. Having said that, cables have been added at the sides to give the jumper some oomph, and the armholes/sleeve tops will be knitted in the round with cables between the raglan decreases. The front neck will be lower.
A colleague has asked for s dolman sweater to be made and I have been working on the tension swatches for that. A 2-stitch, 2-row pattern repeat that is easy to work but gives a stunning result.
In the spring of 1986 my mother bought me a cone of variegated 4ply acrylic. I made the back of a polo neck sweater then left it with the intention of completing before the winter. Having just resurrected it, it is now too small for me (or, rather, I am now too big for it) and I need to start again. Another make for this coming winter.
If you think that 1986 is a long time ago, I am still thinking about finishing something I started in 1977.
The current Huntingdon Knit-Lit book is The Water's Lovely by Ruth Rendell, which I finished yesterday. Many characters but in the end they interlinked to bring the story to a close, not that I liked the ending.