The polo neck has been restarted in a bigger size, this time working the body in the round so that the colours of the variegated yarn match at what otherwise would be the side seams. The sleeves will be worked flat. The back, front and sleeves will be joined and worked in the round for the raglan shaping.
The back of the blue summer jumper has been completed to the start of the circular yoke. The front is but in its infancy. Finishing the polo neck will take preference whenever possible.
Yesterday I received the remainder of the yarn for the Abravo Alpacas Ambrosia Collar (informaly known as the neckwarmer) and this is now finished.
Working on the blue sparkle jumper to meet the deadline meant that the dolman has shown little progress. The intention is for this to now take top priority.
With everything else the Purl Alpaca Designs Alexis Gloves were relegated to UFOs but have been reinstated to WIPs so that they can be given as gifts.
The blue sparkle jumper was completed over the weekend and in time for the deadline. To be worn at Christmas functions. I always feel the cold and this will keep me warm without - I hope - being too casual or too boring.
Like everyone else, writing Christmas cards and letters as well as Christmas shopping are WIPs. I have my fingers in many pies and the daily round of the admin associated with these takes from a few to several hours, plus meetings and plus trying to work on my own projects. One of these is an exciting project working with a knitting colleague. Obviously we want to keep this Work in Progress under wraps until finished.
After finishing the current KnitLit book - Friends, Lovers, Chocolate by Alexander McCall Smith - Miss Read is back on the agenda. A friend gave me the whole collection of Miss Read books which I enjoy very much. These I am passing on to another friend who passes on to a mutual friend and so on along a chain until the books eventually arrive at a charity shop. I have books, videos, DVDs, CDs and cassette tapes bought or been given over the years that I have never got around to enjoying and am trying to make up for lost time. Today's KnitLit book is A Quiet Belief in Angels by Roger Jon Ellory. One of the benefits of the KnitLit books is reading a novel that might otherwise been ignored when choosing something to read. Many of the group have been introduced to new authors, new styles of writing and to subjects we didn't think we would enjoy.