I know this blog has been lacking content on its main theme for a while now and it is high time to write about knitting.
About a week before my trip to Helsinki I knew for certain that I would not complete my vintage Aran sweater in time. It wasn’t a sudden realisation and it didn’t feel like a failure, it was just the result of a number of other things being more important than the knitting. I got the back, front, and one sleeve completed then set it aside until my return.
Instead, I used a skein of DK weight yarn hand-dyed by Noodle Soup Yarns to whip up a quick beanie, or watch-cap, to keep my ears warm as I headed north. I guessed the number of stitches and used logic for the decreases and, thanks to the miracle of the rib stitch, I ended up with a warm, lightweight hat that did exactly what was required of it. I still have plenty of wool left so I am considering adding a bobble now the trip is over.
I also took some good old knits with me for my holiday. I had my Cable Front Cardigan which adds warmth at the back of the neck without being too cumbersome. It works really well under a coat because, although it is thick, it is well-fitted around the shoulders and sleeves. On top of my coat I added the Mama Weer All Crazee Cowl; appreciating both the added warmth and the gorgeous pop of colour against the grey of the coat. On the subject of warmth, I still think a calf-length wool coat can’t be beaten.
This weekend I intend to cast on the second sleeve of the aran jumper, even if I only manage to knit a couple of rows. I will keep you updated on my progress.
I hope your knitting is going according to plan.