Knitting

The home stretch

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I am happy to report that I’m going great guns with my Rimini cardigan and I believe I can have it finished by this time next week, thus meeting my target of completing it before the end of June. The only slight trepidation I feel is that we are in for three more hot days here in the East of England (28℃) which is enough to make me feel less like handling my knitting. It’s finally time to get my fan out of storage and set it up so I can knit and also do my exercise sessions in relative comfort.

As far as the details go, I am over halfway up the second sleeve and will soon be starting the shaping of the sleeve cap. I’m now beyond the section in the mid-colour I’m using for the for bands and collar, and I’m very happy to say that I have enough of this colour left to complete the trims. The collar probably won’t get to the full 12cm called for in the pattern, but I should be able to do a few more rows which will get me close. I’ll just knit as much as the yarn allows.

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Before I started the sleeve, I got the buttons attached and, once again, that was a painless process. I generally find that there are two conditions that need to be met in order for me to enjoy attaching buttons: first, I have to allow myself plenty of time with no other committments clamouring for my attention; second, I have to make sure I don’t leave it as the final step in completing the garment because that is a sure way for it to never get done. If “sleeve island” is akin to being castaway with little hope of rescue, then surely button attachment is like a long walk through a desert – think of the classic British war film “Ice Cold In Alex” and you’ll have an idea of what buttons can do to you if you don’t have a decent plan of attack.

Whilst I’ve been knitting this sleeve I’ve been gulping down an enthralling audio book “The Haunts of Men” by Susan Hill, narrated by Steven Pacey. This is the first of a whole series of novels about British cop Simon Serrailler and I’m keen to read the rest. Yes, I did say ‘read’ and by that I mean reading either a physical book or an e-book, not listening to an audio-book. Whilst I totally understand people who consider listening to a book to be the same as reading it, I don’t feel that way myself. And don’t get me wrong, this is a stonkingly good audio book and Steven Pacey (who was one of the younger members of the cast of Blakes 7 back in the day) is an absolutely brilliant narrator. If you have an Audible account, I wholeheartedly recommend his narrations of this series. The main reason that I won’t be buying the rest of the audio books is that I’ve realised I will literally just inhale them and reading the books will extend the pleasure. A secondary reason is that I am still deciding whether to keep my Audible subscription. I have long used Apple Books as my default for audio books as well as e-books, but Audible are re-formatting their downloads soon and will no longer be compatible with my chosen player. I’m certain the Audible iOS app will continue to provide uninterrupted  access and playback, but as I was only tentatively dipping my toes in with Audible it does feel like a sign that I should be putting some careful consideration into where I’m happy to spend my money.

After that little meander, I’ll get back to knitting and the inevitable fact that now I’m drawing to a close with my current project it’s time to ramp up my plans for the next one, and the one after that. The cucumber-green short-sleeved top is definitely next on my list and I should be able to knit the whole thing in the one month if, as I expect, July is another at-home month. Now that things are opening up again I’ll be starting my job search in earnest but I am not anticipating the right kind of thing leaping up the first day I look so I think I’ll still have lots of knitting time.

Looking further forward, I have already pretty much decided that my next-but-one knit should be the 1968 vintage v-neck fancy-rib cardigan-jacket I discussed here. It’s going to be in a just slightly boring navy because my one and only ‘smart’ skirt at present is in a navy and white Chanel-inspired weave and I think it would make a chic little outfit paired with this cardigan in navy plus a white top. In fact, very much in keeping with that Communicator profile I was talking about at the beginning of the week.

As we move into autumn (I know, we’ve hardly hit summer!) I’m going to try and get back to the way I was planning my knits a couple of years ago. Back then, I set an aim to make one garment and three pairs of socks per quarter. Although that proved a bit much, I think I can easily manage one garment plus one pair of socks per quarter, even once I’m working again. When I did this before, my method was to leave the fine-tuning of actual projects closer to the time, although it’s impossible to avoid contemplating what would suit each quarter. Thinking seasonally, I always feel the quarters run February-March-April, May-June-July, August-September-October, November-December-January so that is the way I choose to divide up the year for my knitting endeavours. In this way, the navy cardigan-jacket will be my Q3  (autumn) knit and I feel very strongly that my winter knit needs to be that chunky pale pink jumper which has been on my mind forever. Every time I think of it now, I picture a young Joanne Walley in “A Kind Of Loving”, dressed in black ski-pants and a long chunky knit top with a wide neckline. That makes my pale pink jumper now sit happily in my “vintage knits” category.

Are you full of plans for future crafting ventures, or do you like to fly by the seat of your pants?

 

7 thoughts on “The home stretch

  1. I love that cardigan!! I like having plans for the most part. Right now, I have plans to rip back about 60 rows of knitting on the cardigan I am working on. I can’t believe it took me that long to discover a mistake.

  2. This is such a beautiful color- almost at the finish!! Can’t wait to see how it turns out

  3. Thanks for your kind comments, I’m loving the colours in this wool. We’ve got a few days of lower temperatures ahead of us now, so I will take full advantage to get the Rimini cardigan finished and start on my next project.

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