Ooh, I am so excited! I couldn't wait to get the last pair of socks I was knitting off the needles, even though they were delicious in their own right. Sorry poor wee Opal Socks that I do honestly adore, but...it's that time of year again.
I am getting very chilly and the evenings are dark and damp and rather unappealing, so usually around this time of year I begin to crave a certain cosy knitting experience.
Sometimes I choose a Hap shawl, because choosing the colour theme is so much fun, the knitting is soothing and even though the pattern is simple, the colour changes make my heart sing and keep me amused right down to the last stitch.
Other times I choose a cardigan. I have four delightful specimens now in my wardrobe and I love them. They are cosy and fun and go with everything. I definitely need MORE!
So this year I have chosen Kate Davies Cockatoo Brae cardigan. I have chosen my own colour scheme (even though I think Kate's choices are always flawless) but I want a cardigan to go with my current wardrobe and I'm loving the colours that I have picked.
As you can see I am hand knitting the body (there is an option to machine knit the sleeves and body but I don't own such a machine, something I think I will have to rectify in the near future) and I am beginning with the sleeves on double point needles. I am happily knitting round and round without a care in the world, enjoying the slight fluff and scratch of the Jamieson and Smith 2 ply jumper weight in my hands. I love this wool so much, it knits so crisp and perfect and softens the more you wear and wash. I am so excited to get to the yoke and colour work. I have never knit a colour work yoke before and I hope it won't be my last.
I have a full 500g cone of the main colour, so I am hoping to get a second project out of it. The cones from Jamieson and Smith are such great value and there is the added bonus of no joining a new ball of wool. Smooth knitting from beginning to end, such bliss.
I will keep you updated on my progress and I have a feeling I may just get a Hap shawl knit between now and Christmas anyway, old habits die hard and you can never have enough shawls!
Until the next time,