My thoughts and tears are with everyone touched by the shootings in Connecticut.
I remember promising that December would be a month of wanton casting-on. It has certainly been a profligate few days in knitting terms. Here are some pictures.
Star Crossed Slouchy Beret, in Artesano Aran, made for my youngest sister. This was a delight from beginning to end – the pattern was clear and straightforward, the knitting fast and the yarn gorgeous. This isn’t a deep lustrous glossy brown but a weathered and textured tree-bark of a brown. Beautiful. It worked up with a few yards to spare from a 100g skein. I learned how to do decrease rounds using magic loop and was thrilled with how they turned out.
Next work in progress is another pair of the delectable Adorable Kids Fingerless Gloves. These are an impulse knit for a friend who crocheted a beautiful hat for her daughter out of this yarn (Rico Superba Stripey). It was crying out for matching mitts, and that pattern is an easy one to do in odd moments. The first one is now done and the second shouldn’t take long. The colour combination is stunning – an artichoke green with the exact pink of Pizza Express’ Raspberry Sorbet (which you really should pair with their fresh mint tea).
I don’t think I posted last week that I had started the Student Bank Account scarf. I’ve cast on about 290 stitches, using leftover Artesano Alpaca DK which has been topped up with Rowan wool DK and Rowan Felted Tweed DK. I love the pattern and the freedom to flipflop the RS from one side to the other. Balancing the colours is proving fiendishly difficult. The idea was for an icy morning school run colour theme, at the moment the purple is a bit shouty. Hopefully it will balance out over the next half of the scarf.
No socks cast on or finished this week, though I have been reading the pattern and errata for the Vorticity socks. Am I right that with sock charts you read from right to left and repeat the bits in coloured boxes?
There’s going to be another hat for my titfer-loving and remarkably indulgent sister. This yarn is hand-dyed by the talented Miss Elle, and demanded that I bring it home and work out something worthy of it. It’s going to be another Felicity Light. There is of course some progress on the pirate doll too – legs and arms have been stuffed, lace ruffled and buttons added to her black boots. I can’t post pics right now though as I have Small Girl nestled in my lap and I’m not inclined to let her go any time in the next twenty years or so.