Thursday, 27 November 2008

Winter warmers

The weather here has turned blustery and wintry. Perfect weather for encouraging me to finish Loppem? Errr, sadly no. Once the pattern errors were sorted out via the Berroco errata page, Loppem just glided along. I've only to finish the edging around the sleeves and, voila, new winter warmer would be ready for the wearing.... However, the required 40cm 5mm cable needle continues with its stitch holder function on the one-armed February Lady sweater languishing in the corner. Hopefully, I'll get my act (and needles!) in gear over the weekend:o)


So what does the avoidant finisher do in this situation? Of course, start another project! I've cast on a Forest Canopy shawl and if it turns out well, it'll be part of mum's Christmas present. The yarn completely lives up to its name - Fyberspates Scrumptious DK yarn in Moss colourway.

Fyberspates Scrumptious DK
Forest Canopy Shawl
The yarn has a 45% silk content and is so soft to the touch. It's a joy to work with. At the moment, it's looking more blobbish than like a canopy - but I'm sure blocking will work its magic. I've had to order a further skein of yarn as the one skein is not going to be enough. There's a plus though to the yarn shortage - Forest Canopy now comes as a cowl and I'm hopeful that there should be enough yarn to make one of those too.
Tending to one's self care can be a taxing business, can it not? This recent picture of Louise had us chuckling! Can you tell she enjoyed her grooming session courtesy of DD1? What a life, eh?

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Sunday, 9 November 2008

Loppem and lurgey...

Needing knitting diazepam after the EZ debacle, I was lulled into casting on Loppem by Norah Gaughan. Loppem is a gorgeous fairly unstructured pattern with cable accents, in worsted/aran weight, which looked a dream to knit.

Loppem by Norah Gaughan
Collection 3 - Woodland Gothic

There are a fair number of errors in the original pattern (including cable errors and shaping) and the corrections are here. For anyone planning to knit Loppem, it's would also be worthwhile reading this Ravelry thread before starting out.

Sorry about the short entry... Normal service will be resumed when I've recovered fully from the dreaded viral thingie that's doing the rounds at the moment. It's now going into its 3rd week and hopefully the antibiotics will do their magic soon (though only have one more day of the course to take!).

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