But, again, I seem to be working in stops and starts. To be absolutely honest with you, I'm afraid that I'm going to run out of yarn. To accommodate my Katherine-sized feet, I'm knitting the largest size and worked an extra couple of rounds on the foot section (if the sock ain't going to fit, it ain't worth knitting) and I've convinced myself that this adaptation is going to exceed the yarn allowance. I could do something sensible about this predicament (like weigh the completed sock and the remaining yarn) but instead I'm knitting s l o w l y. Because clearly if I knit s l o w l y the yarn will last for l o n g e r.
Reading this, you might think that it's been a relatively successful week, that whilst not uber productive, I've not strayed from the established knitting path. Well yes, that may be true on the needles, but in my head.... First off, that Rowan have a lot to answer for with a Magazine full of summer goodies. When Mag 57 first landed on my doormat, I spent hours and hours analysing the designs, mentally listing their individual merits, aligning patterns with stash and imagining myself in a glorious new summer wardrobe. "Alexus", a cotton tunic dress, made it to top of the knitting list and there it stalled, not having a stashed resource to allow immediate cast on. But the idea remained. And then allowed itself to be shelved, along with its magazine, to facilitate the more likely success of The Plan.
And then "The Knitter" arrived, it too full of springtime wonderfullness - including "Alexus". Seriously, what is a knitter to do? Okay, so it won't be the quickest of knits but, since I'm always going to be wearing the dress with leggings, it doesn't have to be ready for the height of the summer, it will be a highlight of my summer-autumn transitional wardrobe. (See what I did there? Moth to the proverbial yarn light.) And when am I going to knit this, you ask? Okay, now it gets a little tricky. Definitely not until "Svala" and "Alda" are finished. In fact, perhaps it would be wise to avoid addressing the lack of HK cotton until those are finished? And then knit some more of "Isis Tailcoat" while I wait for it to arrive, knit "Alexus" in the new yarn and then finish "Isis". All in time for autumn. Job done. And quickly now, moving on.....
Yesterday I had the pleasure of the company of other crafters for tea upstairs in my studio – and one of the wonderful things was the variety of work that they brought with them. One crocheted blanket sections....
..... another sewed a unicorn (using up some of my near-ancient "Yarn of the Month" collection for its mane – Blue Sky Alpaca!!! – see, I always knew it could come in handy for something) and then there were the knitters.
Speaking of blue yarn... "Byatt". Oh my. It's not even made it onto the list. Yet there it is, pattern stacked neatly under the chosen skeins of yarn and over the blue linen in which I'm going to make a dress. An entire outfit, just waiting. And with delusions of wearing it this (Made It) May. Seriously Katherine: How many hours do you think there are in a day? Or, more importantly, how many hours can you knit in one day? You're lucky if you manage two. Wanna make this happen? Can you increase this to three? Without detriment to your family and sleep (and therefore your family and everyone around you)?
Hmmm... Let's see what happens, shall we?