Look at that picture. This is how March can sometimes look up here. Everything has turned into this bright cold harsh and glowing grey. There is plenty of light, it is hard on the eyes and there are absolutely no colors anywhere, even the soft blue is gone. The moment the sun comes out it all changes and I have been waiting for this change for some days now. This week has been exceptionally cold (and long) compared to the average.
I tried to swatch for lace yesterday. I broke my 3½ mm ciculars a while back and I had to use several slippery metal blunt substitutes which led me into frustration. I took a look at my straight but blunt bambus and decided to make use of them. Got out some tools (usually for manicure) and used each one in the order of the picture from the left to the right. I took good time in polishing with the last file and the needles are now quite pleasing. If you decide to try it too, I don't know if this works with all kind of bambu/wooden needles, be careful and try with the less valuable first. I tested these with silk yarn and silk glides beautifully on the needles. The sharp needles make it so much easier to do those k2tog's but it is also easy to split the yarn with very sharp points. So there is a limit how sharp the needles can be.
The memory of the cardi incident is hanging around and I don't feel comfortable on starting anything BIG nor DEMANDING so I cast on for stockings again. The same pattern (I should manage this...) as the yellow ones. The yarn is from Lisa Souza, it is 75 % wool and the rest is nylon and the color - Garnet - is very much to the recipient's taste.
Does anyone know when the planets are in a favourable position for the new projects again?
While waiting I'll drink lots of hot chocolate and turn over new leaves only of books over the weekend. Have a good one!
PS. I have been enjoying your comments and dreaming of new sock books and following the new links. Thank you so much!
PS. The Life of Pi book has turned into a trauma, so I'm not going to knit anything for it anymore...