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August 13th, 2009:

The pull of the yarn…

It’s been a while since I’ve picked up my needles. Even my work colleagues have mentioned it. I’ve done some sewing on a dress but it wasn’t that successful. More on that in another blog, this is about knitting.

For the last few days I found that I was really missing knitting and I had one of those pangs to create something. Why wasn’t I knitting before? A number of things, lack of time, yarn still all packed up, yarn room an enormous mess. I really need a little pink cardi and  yesterday I found myself thinking that I’d quite like to make one of Stefanie Japel’s Mini Sweaters. I even found myself idly thinking of button combinations.

After work, and after being egged on by Doug, I clambered into the craft room – and that’s not an exaggeration, it really is that full! – and almost immediately found the pattern in a file. Then I had to find yarn. I was thinking of using some bright fuchsia Lamb’s Pride worsted that I bought while out shopping with Rachael and Mariko years ago. Found it but it was in skeins and I couldn’t find my ball winder. 🙁 Fail.

Then I went delving through still-taped-up boxes and discovered yarn from various trips. Eventually I had assembled enough yarn to make about five mini sweaters… But I decided to go with Colinette Skye in Alizarina. I have two skeins of it and guess that I’ll probably need to finish off with another yarn. I may have wound up some Lamb’s Pride by then.

I cast on last night and this is how much I had done by this lunchtime.

13 Aug 2009

I’ve knit more of course since then, even have the stitch markers in place. I’d like to have this finished by next week. Just need to continue making the time for it.