One door closes

Helsinki jumper pre-wash
A door that is closing

I’m at that stage in my knitting where one door is pretty much closed and I’m waiting for the new door to open. Or, in my case, two new doors.

My Helsinki Jumper is finally complete and lying on the floor having a well-deserved rest after its post-completion wash. I was really pleased with it at the pre-wash try-on and I think the fabric has softened a little in the wash so I have no doubt it will be even better once it is fully dry. My wardrobe has been crying out for a new item to cheer it up so I’m really chuffed to have this off the needles. I hope I’ll be able to get some decent finished object photos this week to take advantage of the lovely spring sunshine we’ve been enjoying.

Moving on to the new doors opening, this evening I am going to wind up a skein of the Noodle Soup Yarns sock wool and perhaps get as far as casting on for a nice bright vanilla sock project. Then tomorrow I intend to get to grips with planning my next big knitting project which is going to be a sleeveless top with Fairisle patterning knitted using some of the colours of Shetland wool that I have in my stash. This is an idea that has been brewing in the back of my mind for a while now and since, like most of us, I have a bit of time on my hands at the moment, it seems like a case of “cometh the time, cometh the project”. The planning will consist of deciding upon the colours I will use, especially which colour to choose as my base since that’s the one where I need to have a decent amount of the one colour to complete the project. This isn’t going to be a beautifully-collated type of Fairisle, more the equivalent of a scrap blanket. If I run out of one colour in the patterning before I’m done, I will just substitute in another one. The aim is to use up the wools I’ve got this time; another time I’ll go to town and order a perfect colour scheme. The great thing about patterning like Fairisle is that you get a great looking result either way.

Other than working on my knitting, I have been reading, cooking (baked our family’s traditional Tea Bread, made another big pot of Barley Porridge, and today I’ve cooked a lovely stew), and have embarked on re-watching the second series of Babylon 5. I have also been catching up on my sleep as I find I am ready to head to bed by 9.30pm, with a cup of tea and my book.

I hope you are all finding ways to cope with the current restrictions in your lives and that you’re keeping safe and well.

Now, let the wool-winding commence.


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