What a fast week! I have no idea where the days went, though it probably had something to do with Small Girl’s fourth birthday, two snowfalls and the Mister being back home after a spell stateside. Next week is half-term so that’s going to be a busy one too.
The day that the temperature climbed to zero I went out without a coat, such was the contrast to the preceding days at minus 4. This spurred me to overcome my fear and graft the cowl ends together. My provisional cast on had to be removed with scissors, but I picked up the right number of stitches, and the wonderful Abby at Crafty Yarn kindly fixed the stitch that was actually a loop from elsewhere. There are a couple of glitches with my grafting and I think it’s a little tight, but actually I’m very happy with it for a first attempt. I am happy with the green, it just seems to work, somehow. That said, I picked up the biscuit yarn this week and it works perfectly with the pink too. Live and learn. It was a great project – I have tried lots of new techniques, most were successful, and I have a beautiful warm Million stripes loop when there is still snow on the ground. Result.
Babette is properly finished too – hurrah! I ran out of yarn about five stitches short of the end of the 4th border round, so ripped back some more and added a rogue pink corner. Now it has gone back onto Small Girl’s bed, where presumably it will stay until she reaches the end of her pink phase, at which point I can have it back. A full picture will follow as soon as the sun makes it through the cloud.
There’s been some progress made on the sock – all the ribbing is done and the heel flap is well underway. I have a feeling that a couple of the slipped stitches are not quite as they should be, but it looks like there’s something that can be picked up in the right place so I’ll see how it goes. I’m hoping it will all turn out ok, it doesn’t feel like anything I’ve made before. I suppose that makes sense for a first sock.
So I’m now down to the one project, which probably isn’t the most suitable for half-term with a high-maintenance pre-schooler. I think the next project up will be the Debbie Bliss baby Beret from Baby Cashmerino 3, not least because it’s all garter stitch and therefore easy to frog and to recover from frogging. And there’s a bit of paper-based stripe planning to do first. I’ll save the sock knitting for quiet times when I don’t have Small Girl hanging off some or other part of my body or trying to snuggle in between me and whatever it is I’m trying to do. I know that I’ll miss these days when they’re gone (stopping right now as she is resetting the time on my mobile phone…..) Happy new week, everyone!