It’s been a week of extremes here for crafting. On Tuesday I turned up at my LYS shortly after a delivery of new Lang Tissa colours. Full details are here, but in summary I now have 5 new colours for Babette, bringing my total to 15. Compare that to the 17 colours listed in the pattern and you can see that I failed completely in my initial plan to use a greatly reduced range of colours. The change was right though, the new colours fill in the gaps in my palette nicely. The outer “ring” of the blanket will be more colour-rich than the inner, but that should work well. I’ve finished a monster 12-round square for section 7, but am somewhat colour-spent after doing it in 12 colours, and need a break before continuing with the 4 6-round and 6 4-round squares which comprise the rest of the that section.
My solution was to cast on the Aesderina hat. I was getting worried that I might forget how to knit if I left it any longer, plus the ball of Artesano Aran that I had so carefully and proudly wound was starting to get messy in the rough and tumble of the stash bag. So I looked up instructions for the German Twisted cast-on, and off I went. It is truly soporific knitting. The feel of the KnitPros and of the wool through my hands and the gentle weight of the stitch marker every once in a while. The satisfying texture of the 2×2 rib, and the way that that same rib tells me instantly if I’ve made a mistake. The knowledge that I just keep going around and around until the end, and then there will be just two ends to sew in. The very easy-on-the-eye colour (slightly greener than in the photo). The whole thing is as gently comforting as a favourite novel in a candle-lit bubble-bath with a glass of chilled white at the end of a long week.
Of course, I wouldn’t be me if all this chilled zenitude were not accompanied by a couple of worries. Firstly, the circumference looks a bit on the skinny side. I didn’t do a tension swatch – in my defence tension (gauge) is given for the larger needle and a non-rib stitch, neither of which are in play yet. I shall just have to trust that the elastic cast–on and stretchy rib will work and that the brim will be bigger once off the needles. If it does come up too small I can give it to Small Girl, who is already enthusiastically requesting a flower on it too. Secondly, the eternal niggling worry about not having enough yarn. Even though I’m doing the skinny brim option. There’s not much I can do about that worry, other than embrace the joy of the process. Which, to be honest, is not at all difficult to do on this lovely piece.
How’s your week been?