The Arcadian shawl was finished swiftly and without incident. I blocked it on my new blocking wires and it promptly entered active duty as the temperature started dropping again. It’s soft and light and perfect. Yarn is Manos Serena, and many thanks are due to my good friend K who funded most of it via a birthday gift voucher last year. Thank you K ❤ xx The Student Bank Account finally has all the ends sewn in and has also been blocked (after a fashion). It worked up super-long – I think it’s between 7 and 8 feet, but that’s what you get when you cast on 300 odd stitches in dk on 5.5mm needles. You could do it with a lot fewer stitches (that’s for Mary!) It’s also soft and snuggly (Artesano Alpaca) but doesn’t half honk when it’s wet. I guess that wet alpacas just don’t smell nice. I’m going to wrap it up tonight and post it tomorrow. I’ve done a few more rows on Vorticity but have to say that my sock-knitting mojo is almost completely gone at the moment. Not surprising really, considering that out of 3 pairs knitted one is felted and one needs ripping back and the toe re-doing. Hardly an encouraging start.
Whilst I decide whether to do Color Affection or Nothing Fancy next I’ve cast on the delectable and completely age-inappropriate Hesk hat. I’m working this up in two close shades of Malabrigo Rios that I brought back from Vienna and it’s beautiful. I’ve finished the main section and am just about to start the decreases for the crown. I suspect that this will be finished well before I’ve made up my mind! The pattern is lovely, it’s intuitive and has lovely sculpted lines of increases and decreases. I adore the Malabrigo, despite both skeins being hard work to wind. They are knot-free which is the main thing.
Finally, Happy Mothering Sunday to all. I hope you’ve had a great day. My thoughts are also with everyone who has lost a mother or a chid, I know that today is a bittersweet day for many of us. The Mister surprised me with a bread bin – it may not sound romantic, but I’ve been baking our bread by hand since the January snows and it really touched me that he’d been looking for one since then so that I didn’t have to keep my hard work wrapped in a tea towel on the worktop. The only problem is that we need to buy more loaf tins now, just look how small that part loaf looks in there!