New Year is just around the corner. I was optimistic and thought that I could finish Ursula this year and start the New Year with a new cardigan but ... I am not so sure anymore. Christmas flu stole a few good knitting days - nothing bad, the other ones in the house were worse than me (I hope I am over) but nonetheless the progress has not been that good.
The button bands were done. After they were knitted, I once again blocked the cardi. I block often when I am making clothes - I feel that a good blocking is the same as ironing when sewing clothes.
It was back to steeking and cutting again: the first sleeve (I am doing one steek at a time to stay alert and focused and concentrated). The sleeve construction is interesting. The stitches are picked from the sleeve opening and a set in sleeve is knitted from the top down. I had never done this before and was a bit worried. I read the instructions thoroughly but reading is not doing, no matter how well you read and do your research, it is not quite the same as doing.
I have been interested in Tunisian crochet for some time now and have made few little things with it. At the moment I am making a pair of fingerless mittens. I will need to hurry and try to finish them as soon as possible because I am afraid that once this red season is gone, my eagerness to work with red is gone. The second one of the pair is almost done, so that should be fine.
We have had extremely cold weather for a few days, the temperature dropped down to -30°C and since it was the first time this year, it felt harsh. A lot of my time on cold days goes to lighting and tending fires and carrying fire wood inside. The corners of the house crack while the cold creeps closer inside. Fires, candles, hot drinks, good yarn and a good book in the ears. The days are getting longer; the nights are getting shorter and the sun, she has begun her steady crawl above the horizon.
Wool with you,