First off, thank you all for your kind words last week, they were very much appreciated. We had an unexpected and cruelly early family bereavement. The funeral cannot be arranged yet, and it is a strange pending grief that hangs over us now that the initial shock is fading and real life is once again demanding time and attention. It seems bizarre to switch topic straight to knitting, but that is how life has been this week.
The first sock is nearly at the toe, which makes me very content. It fits, but I think will fit better done on a 2.5mm needle rather than a 2.75mm needle. The pattern has been absolutely fine to follow and there has been no major frogging (touches wood). I picked up a dropped purl stitch from four rows back after two glasses of wine, which seems like even more of a success now than it did at the time.
The Debbie Bliss baby beret for my nieceling/nephewling is something of a trial. The sizing is generous to a fault, and the pattern is not as helpful as it could be (though that could be a reflection of my inexperience and fractured concentration). There is an irregular stripe sequence throughout the hat, and that has to be followed completely separately to the body of the pattern. I ended up with a pencilled list of stripes, one line per row, and I cross them off as I go, marking increases and decrease rows to tally back with the pattern. The decreases are done using one of those “follow as above until there are x stitches left” type instructions, and despite having exactly the right number of stitches on the needle at the start, I cannot get the maths to add up, it looks as if I will run out of sequence before hitting the required stitch count. I’m just going to keep going and hope that that it becomes clear closer to the end of the section. This is not a hat that will ever be re-made, I know this even before I’m anywhere near ready to sew in the dozens of ends (another feature of irregular stripes in five colours, sigh). Despite all of that, the hat is looking lovely. Just as well, really. I shall make matching socks or bootees (from another pattern).
Now that my friend has had her scan I can come clean and say that Son of Babette will soon be underway. I’ll be using as many of the Tissa leftovers as I can and topping up with the totally bargainous Rico Creative Cotton, which does a great selection of acid pastels that complement the Tissa very well. The video below shows the colour inspiration for this one, I’m really quite excited about getting going!
There’s been a bit of yarn shopping this week. As well as some of the Creative Cotton, there’s a new ball of Trekking for more socks and a ball of Rico Poeme, for a sock-yarn version of Felicity for another sister. I’m going to be busy.
To finish, here is a shot of the finished original Babette, in all its curly bordered glory. This blanket is perfect on Small Girl’s bed, and is growing deliciously soft and floppy as it is slept under and bounced on. I love it.