Hello!!! I’ve had a very knitty week, it’s been really great. I didn’t get any other craftiness done unfortunately as I had a throat infection aswell and there was definitely no cycling involved – too tiring. Typical, only I would get properly ill when off work. Nevermind I went to the docs and started taking a course of penicillin really quickly as I didn’t want being ill to spoil my week. Let me see what have I done this week….
First there was a trip to Get Knitted where I bought 3 skeins of Debbie Bliss Pure Silk in a wonderful shade called Soft Purple, 3 pig buttons for the baby jumper and one ball of Tofutsies (just because it was on sale). I also looked at Colinette Jitterbug and Koigu as I don’t seem to itch much around merino wool – I think it may be the answer to my wanting to knit in wool problem.
Then I had no excuse not to finish the baby jumper in green so I grafted the left shoulder together and picked up stitches around the neck. The pattern then said cast off. Just cast off, no knitting just cast off. Well I do not like picking up stitches and it usually takes me quite a while to get the right amount even for a small item like a baby jumper so I wasn’t just going to “cast off”. I knitted two rows and THEN I cast off. It looks fine and because of the cute pig buttons on the shoulder it won’t make the neck too tight. I’d been calling it “jumper for Piglet” as Claire has been calling her bump “piglet” for most of her pregnancy, and now I’ve aptly renamed it The Three Little Pigs jumper, you’ll see why when I post a picture.
It’s been blocked and is sooooooooooo soft it’s lovely – but it is Sublime Cashmere Merino Silk so it should be. I will put it in the post on Monday and it’s perfect timing as Piglet is due to arrive on Wednesday.
I’ve chosen a pattern to knit with the soft purple silk, I was torn between the Cleopara Wrap from the Sensual Knits book by Miriam Felton, the Tuscany wrap in No Sheep For You by Amy R Singer or the Juno Regina wrap in Knitty also by Miriam Felton. I looked at all three patterns and finally decided on Juno Regina as I like the diamonds on the ends and because you only have to cast on 3 stitches. I’ve practiced with some spare DK yarn as the silk is DK and the size/gauge seems to be ok. I did have a slight issue with yarn overs but after some research on ravelry today I’m fairly confident I can attempt the pattern now with the silk yarn. I could do yarn overs between knit stitches but near purl stitches or what to do with knitting double yarn overs just threw me completely. All sorted now though.
My trip to London was a complete success, inspite of the weathermen/ladies insisting it would rain the weather was lovely all day. I took out my knitting on the train and it prompted comments and then conversation from the three ladies sat at my table so I was completely chuffed about that and I made good progress on some socks for mum. The American Scene exhibition at the British Museum was really interesting, it was prints from the first half of the 20th century and showed american architecture and life in general. I love the British Museum, especially the staircases around the central reading room. I had a wander around Covent Garden, met a nice family in Starbucks, bought lovely beads in the bead shop on Tower Street, got a book in Forbidden Planet, some nice loose tea in The Tea House on Neal Street, a Little My mouse mat and Totoro stamp in Magma on Earlham Street, two knitting magazines in Borders and spent 30 mins sitting on the floor in the knitting section reading while killing time before I met up with Nic.
After work Nic met me at the London Eye and we walked around the back of Waterloo Station to iKnit London’s new shop to go to their weekly knitting group. Neither Nic or I had been to a knitting group before and we both really enjoyed it. It was exactly how I had envisioned it, lots of people sat around knitting and chatting. The shop was smaller than I thought but big enough for 20 people to sit and knit in!! Look pics of Thursday! Some of the ladies were doing hyperbolic crochet for the Institute of Figuring’s Crochet Coral Reef Project whilst others were knitting their own projects. I just wish I lived closer so that I could go more often. It’s really inspired Nic and I to start up our own knitting group in Salisbury. I bought an Addi circular needle to knit Juno Regina and I’m so pleased with how nice it is to knit with. The cable doesn’t twist at all unlike some of my other circular needles. I got home at 10pm after a really nice day and it started to rain as I walked in the door – perfect timing!