My final Christmassy project was some cheery woollen scarves, which I hope will be keeping some very special people warm and cosy this winter. They have been handed out to homeless people in the Lincoln area.
The ladies of the Fenton Knitting Group have been delivering bags full of blue, green and white pompoms all morning, so that I will have enough to make a woolly garland to hang outside on Sunday. I’m opening my garden to the public then as a fundraiser for the Nystagmus Network, a charity very close to my heart, and the pompoms are all in the charity’s colours.
THANK YOU SO MUCH, LADIES!
OK, so this is actually a big cheat, but I’m so pleased that I have finally finished knitting my 2017 Christmas cardigan.
I used Sparklz yarn, doubled, and adapted the Mirasol Tuhu Cardigan pattern by Jane Ellison, making my button, button hole band and neck wider. As this is self striping yarn, I didn’t follow the stripe part of the pattern, but I really wanted my ‘random’ stripes to match up and I think I almost achieved that, with a bit of swapping around of skeins.
Doubling the Sparklz yarn, which is supposed to be DK weight, for what is after all a DK pattern, was a bit of a risk, but the first trial, with only single yarn, was disappointingly thin, so had to be frogged and restarted. Luckily, I had enough yarn to finish it and I really like the ‘chunky’ look of the finished cardigan.
So, although it isn’t Christmas any more, I might be wearing my cosy new cardi with its cheery sparkles just once or twice more this winter.
Just what the world needs – well, my small corner of Lincolnshire, anyway.
Having completed my original, appropriately stone-coloured version of the Lincoln Imp some time ago, thanks to the amazing pattern from The Old Toy Knitting Shop, I’ve now made a fluffy pink version, which sits on top of the hall cupboard.
You can read the story of my first attempt here.
The run up to Mother’s Day was very busy, as usual. Gardening, decorating, dog walking and knitting could quite easily manage to fill my days before I even think of preparing and delivering a single class. And then there’s the ‘day job’, of course!
My son stayed over for a few days, taking a well earned break from his frenetic work schedule. He enjoyed some long muddy walks, relished the stillness and gasped at the freshness of the air.
It was an added bonus that the clocks finally went forward at the weekend, so that at last we can make use of all that extra evening light out in the garden and the greenhouse, where seeds are sprouting everywhere I look.
On Mother’s Day itself I did the usual things mums do: listened to the Archers omnibus, opened cards and presents, enjoyed a slap up roast lunch, courtesy of Mr handmadebysoo, oh and built a scaffolding tower! This was a most unexpected mother-daughter bonding exercise and sooo much fun! It also means that now my one remaining excuse for putting off painting the hall ceiling has disappeared!