I have been on my own for three weeks. Regulars to this blog will know that both my kids are half way across the world in Vancouver at university. My husband Doug has been in Malaysia for three weeks on business. I realized the other day that we are equally dispersed around the world in terms of time zones – the girls are currently 8 hours behind me, I am 8 hours behind Doug and he is 8 hours behind the girls. This makes for difficulties in communication.
But I am here to tell you, communication be damned – this makes for difficulties in knitting! I am, despite a super busy schedule, knitting away on the ultra-cute Carpino designed by Carol Feller. I just now bound off the ribbing on the body:
I have discovered that there are two major problems with knitting (and knit blogging) while on your own. First, there is no one to hold the yarn. Yes, I know that many knitters wind yarn on their own with the use of a swift. I, however, don’t have one and have always relied on the method of bullying some poor family member into sitting with their hands up in the air while I wind skeins into balls. (Leah even has a special music mix saved for listening to while immersed in this task.) I suppose it is time to invest in a swift. (I must point out, however, that the yarn used for Carpino, Loft by Brookln Tweed, is a very fragile, breakable yarn and I prefer to wind this one the old fashioned way.)
The second problem is that there is no one to take any modelled photographs. I have no proof to offer you, but this baby fits great! I have made absolutely no modifications to the pattern – none, nada, zip – and the fit is perfect. I can’t show you, however, because I can’t both wear it and photograph it. (But what, you may ask, about the now-standard selfie taken in front of the bathroom mirror? No, no and no. For reasons why not, please see this delightful post on how not to photograph your knitting written by Emma, my daughter and partner-in-crime.)
There is also the related problem that among the family members, all of whom are frequently called upon to be blog photographer, I am probably the least skilled in this arena. Thus the top photo, which as you see, has a shadow falling across the sweater. Sorry, Emma, I know this is not up to your standards!
One of the very cute features of this sweater is that the front is knit in a tiny lace stitch and the rest is knit in stockinette. Above is a photo of the side ‘seam’ (of course there is no actual seam as it is knit in the round). Isn’t it lovely? It is such a cute pattern and so easy and intuitive to knit. I also love the flecks of colour in the Loft. This purple-y colour is called Plume and it has lovely flecks of reds and blues.
Now, all I have left is the sleeves and some very minimal finishing at the neckline. First, however, I need to wind another skein. My plan is to drape it over my knees and wind it by hand. Having done this before in times of emergency, I can tell you that it involves a fair amount of contortion and looks rather silly. Good thing there’s no one around to take a photo!