All the doolallying that I’ve been doing here in the last couple of days has been rather delightful and just what I needed.
and unfortunately there is a but…
I clearly had my eye off the ball.
The Austin Hoodie that I’m making for eldest daughter for Christmas is still two sleeves and half a hood short of being a hoodie. Even knitting non-stop for the next 36 hours I’m not sure it’s humanly possible to remedy the situation. Her bottom lip is currently all the way from here to kingdom come, but I suspect that she may be pulling my leg and not be all that bothered.
Several things landed me in this situation.
- 1. The recent uncharacteristic descent into utter laziness.
- 2. The fact that I made a fairly monumental error on one of the fronts and had to pull it out back to the armhole divide when the front was only a whisker away from being finished.
- 3. The unbelievably enormous colour variation between skeins of this yarn (Madeline Tosh Merino Light in Margeaux). It is gorgeous yarn, but it’s hand dyed and I know that can give rise to quite a bit of variation….but at it’s most extreme I had one ball that looked blue and another that looked pink. I’ve spent a lot of time trying to knit with several balls at once to try to even it all out – and I’m still not really happy…
- 4. My complete failure to make significant progress during last night’s Strictly Come Dancing fest ….in three hours of dancing I should surely have been able to knit a hood. You’d really think so, wouldn’t you? I blame utterly mesmerizing dancing and Louis Smith taking his top off. (Daughter No.2 says I’m not allowed to say this, apparently it’s really mortifying if your almost 50 year old mother thinks a 22 year old man (read: god) is hot). So I’m not saying anything of the sort, but it did disturb my knitting.
On that happy note I’m going back to my smoking needles.