In an effort not to think about the state of the world, and of the UK in particular, I have been trying to distract myself with some knitting. I finished knitting the sleeves of the little silk blend cardigan I am making for Leah (for details see this post). And I have seamed the shoulders and side seams. I think that this yarn (Madelinetosh Pashmina) makes very nice, easy seams.
I sewed this up in no time using that old basic, the mattress stitch. You can see here that the skeins are not perfectly matched. I used one skein for the back of the sweater, another for both fronts, and a third for the sleeves. The fronts don’t quite match with the back, but in real life it is not as apparent as in these photos. I think the effect will be negligible in the finished garment. One of the nice features of this sweater is the curved textured panels on the waistband and sleeve cuffs. Below is a closer shot of the seam at the lower edge. (The curved textured panel looks even more striking on the sleeves; you’ll have to take my word for it right now.)
I now have to pick up and knit the button bands, knit the neckline edging, sew in the sleeves, sew on the buttons and back the button bands with ribbon. Fiddly stuff. The sweater was going very fast, but it has slowed down a bit while I dither over a couple of internal debates about the finishing. In the pattern (Amy Herzog’s Squared Cardigan), the neckline is finished with a rolled edge, and then the button bands are picked up and knit. If you have read my grumbly post, Annoying things, than you would know that I dislike rolled edges. So, I am thinking of picking up and knitting the button bands, and then using an I-cord bind-off around the entire neck edge (including the button bands). I think this will be neater. Opinions, anyone? I also debated for a week about whether to wet block the pieces before seaming and finishing. I finally got tired of the debate and forged ahead (sans blocking).
I have cast-on a new project, partly because fiddly stuff should be interspersed with non-fiddly stuff, and partly in order to cheer myself up. I will write about this project in a separate post, but here is a peek at the yoke:
This sweater is also knit in Madelinetosh, this time in Vintage, and shows off two gorgeous colourways: Turquoise and Pecan Hull. See how pretty they look together:
The animal world must be trying to cheer me up. Though neither of us are bird watchers, this week Doug and I noticed a pretty bird in the garden that we had never seen before:
Does anyone recognize it? It seems he’s decided to be a regular. He’s outside again as I write this, chomping on worms.
I am flying to Johannesburg on the weekend (two very long flights make for some good knitting time!). Both of these projects are kind of fiddly for airplane knitting, so I’m trying to come up with another project to take with me. If I do cast on something else, I will have – gasp!- three WIPS on the go. Monogamy (of the knitting variety, of course) be damned!
So, is this distracting me from the dismal news? No, I am afraid it isn’t. Nonetheless, I shall carry on knitting. Maybe a change of scenery will help.