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Sleep and knitting

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

Isn’t it amazing what a difference a good night’s sleep can make. I feel like a new woman today. I slept long and got the day started at my own pace, not one dictated by everybody else. My knee isn’t very good today, but my head is in a much, much better place. Another long sleep tonight should set me up a treat for the week ahead.

I’ve been pottering with Cabbages and Roses – but more of that tomorrow, when there is more to show than I have at present. Enough to say that it isn’t turning out quite how I expected.

I also finished sewing up my Lang Donegal cardigan – you remember the one with the incomprehensible German instructions that Mel sorted out for me? The one I’ve been working on, off and on, for months and months? Well here it is…

I’m a bit of a scoopy-necked cardigan sort of girl, so I think this will suit me down to the ground. I made the smallest size and it’s certainly fairly fitting, but I can’t abide knitting that makes me look like a sack of potatoes and in my experience hand-knitting always stretches with time. The pattern worked out fine, except for the edging up the front and round the neck. I knitted it according to the pattern and it was so tight that you wouldn’t have got a 6 year old into it. I ripped it all out and just improvised – knitting about a zillion stitches round – more than twice the original number at a guess, but I didn’t count, I just winged it. Hey presto! Perfect. Sometimes it works to just go with your gut feeling.

The Donegal yarn is tweedy and a little more turquoise than it looks in this photo. It varies quite a lot in thickness, which I guess is part of it’s homely charm – I just hope those slightly thinner areas don’t wear out too quickly…but then, how many cardigans have I actually worn out in the last decade? Not a lot, that’s for sure!

I’m now revelling in that lovely feeling you get when you finish a big project that’s been hanging around for ages – and it’s great to have another 1000m  used from the stash.

Now back to the sewing machine….

Enjoy your Saturday!


11 Responses to “Sleep and knitting”

  1. Susan Ramey Cleveland Says:

    What a pretty sweater on a pretty girl.

  2. diane stanley Says:

    Helen, the cardigan looks perfect and fits you so well. Very flattering.
    How is the knee?
    Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

  3. CarlaHR Says:

    That turned out well – thanks to some improvisation and a little help from friend Mel. Perhaps the difference in thickness accounted for the problems with the edging.
    Glad that a good night’s sleep did its work for you and wishing you another good one tonight.

  4. ailsa Says:

    Lovely cardi and it really suits you!

  5. Julie Says:

    A lovely sweater for a lovely woman. ♥

  6. Susan Says:

    Love the cardi. Love that you got some sleep and are feeling so much better mentally!

  7. Stephanie Says:

    That’s a smashing cardigan and really suits you. Well done! I haven’t knitted anything bigger than a sock or toilet roll cover for ages. I’ve become a very lazy knitter!
    Apparently origami heels are basically short row heels but with a slip stitch at the end rather than yo. Does that make any sense? Computer hasn’t been talking to the scanner lately, but I’ll keep trying so I can send you the instructions for an origami heel!

  8. Annabella Says:

    So glad you are feeling better – apart from that dratted knee! Cardi looks lovely and I like a scoop neck too but as I am rather well endowed, it`s the most flattering style!

  9. MelD Says:

    That is gorgeous, Helen! So very you in colour, fit and style – adorable!!
    You’ve been so patient with it, so I’m glad it’s been a success 🙂
    Look forward to seeing it live…

  10. Dianne Neale Says:

    What a lovely cardigan – it looks really good on you. I’ve lost my knitting mojo for the time being.

  11. Elaine Says:

    I love your cardigan, Helen – well worth the time and trouble 🙂 Hoping you’ll have another good night’s sleep tonight to recharge your batteries … take care and happy crafting!