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Gently knitting

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

This afternoon I should finally finish my second Knitting Pure and Simple wraparound cardigan. It just needs one more tie and then I’m done. Once I’m through and there is someone around to take a photo I’ll show you what it looks like in the flesh (so to speak!). The yarn is by Manos del Uruguay. It’s nice, but not as soft as the Malabrigo yarn that I used for the first cardigan. It is also terrrifically thick – this is going to be one toasty warm cardigan. Roll on the winter. In the skein the yarn was breathtakingly beautiful. Somehow I’m not quite so enamoured of it all knitted up. I have a sneaking suspicion that I will have to be a little careful about how I wear this – it could look a little ‘knitted by your mother’. Maybe I’m wrong – but you will have tell me what you think when it’s done. It isn’t the pattern – I LOVE the pattern – it’s the super multicoloured yarn. I guess I need some really chilly weather and maybe that will do the trick and make me fall in love with it. Funny isn’t it how yarn can seem so different once it’s knitted up.

What I will say though is that I am a HUGE fan of knitting from the top down and in the round. It is absolute bliss not having to struggle away trying to sew side seams so they look nice. Top down knitting is just so clever. Why did we ever knit any other way?

On the sly I have also made a start on another knitting project. It is the Juliet Shell by Cap Sease, as featured in the 2nd Green Mountain Spinnery pattern book 99 Yarns and Counting. Have I already told you that I love this book? It’s a real winner. You may recognize the yarn – it’s Green Mountain Spinnery‘s Sylvan Spirit. Does it look familiar?  I knitted a roll-necked sweater in this yarn earlier in the year and had a fair bit of yarn left over. I just needed to buy another two skeins and Bob’s your uncle, here we are. And it’s another top down pattern!

Thanks to all of you who told me I was right in the way I was handling the errant teenager situation. Things seem to have calmed down again, thank goodness. It did help me a lot to get all your reassurance that I was not being unreasonable – I didn’t think I was, but hey anyone can make mistakes. Not that I told my daughter ‘well all the ladies who read my blog wouldn’t let their daughters do that’. I don’t think that would have helped the situation, but it did help me to know that you thought I was on the right track. So thanks for that!

Well a messy house is calling, so I’d better close here,

Have a nice day y’all!

Helen

One Response to “Gently knitting”

  1. Heidi Says:

    I won’t be letting my boys do things like that when they are 13 either!! You did the right thing. Whenever I’m told that I’m the “Meanest Mom in the World” – I usually give myself a little pat on the back because I know I must be doing something right.