The weather stays dreadful. It has rained for days and the snow is gone. There is so little daylight that it is almost impossible to separate the day from the night, but once there is snow again it will be a lot better. The weather on the day Susanna came was so bad that the plane had to be rerouted and did not get the permission to land here so she got here few hours late, but when she arrived she just pointed out that we have to talk really fast for the few hours to make up for the lost time. The few days fled and all too soon she disappeared into the northern sky...
The premiere night for the ballet Snow Queen (based on H.C.Andersen’s fairy tale) approaches quickly, it is already next Tuesday and the whole household is on the edge.
But you came for the knitting, right?
There has been very little knitting during the past week. Only the Casino Shawl and she is down to about 200 stitches per row. The knitting content will remain like this for another week or so because I have to sew a dress. We celebrate our Independence on December 6th and the town of Rovaniemi is having a reception for teenagers in the 9th grade and I’m making a dress for one of the girls and Casino shawl is to be worn with the dress. I’m a very slow sewer and I’m making the pattern as well, so I get so very little done daily.
Once in a while it is good to have a limited knitting time because it feeds the desire to knit so well. Some time ago I was reading of a perfect sweater in MasonDixon site and the phrase a perfect sweater has echoed in my mind ever since.
What would my perfect sweater look like?
What colour would be perfect for me?
What about the length? Or the sleeve setting, raglan or set-in sleeves?
And the yarn (they used Cascade 220)?
swatch with Cascade220
Perfect for what? If you have been with me from the very beginning you might remember me writing of something like “wear thy knitting”. I felt sincerely that I should knit only wearable items... I even set some kind of rules... one goal was to knit something practical to wear. I think I need to revisit my first theme.
There were some questions about the Austermann Knee Highs... I did not use any pattern but knit following my daughter’s measurements from top down with 2 mm needles that is my favourite needle size for socks. The colour number has escaped with the band. I used more than one ball but a lot less than two balls. I was told that they are a bit slippery when worn, not too much but more so than socks with ordinary yarn and I suppose that this is due to the Aloe Vera and Jojoba oil that this yarn has.
It is getting close to nine in the evening. I still have to make one trip to town to get one exhausted dancer. At least the roads are not slippery. And the rain has stopped. For now.
PS. Thank you for all the good tips for taking care of rough skin!