The last few busy days before the holidays are here. Even though it seems that, I am not doing extra, days just slip through my hands.
(I am including pictures from my walk the other day. They do not look like much now, but on that day, they were special. I normally walk the dogs during the dark hours - early morning - of the day but finally I was able to catch some daylight and all the bare birch trees just kept popping up against their subtle background. DAYLIGHT! The pictures were taken around noon...)
Dear Ursula is moving along. With a few mishaps and tinking, I finally reached the end of the body. I was so unhappy with the unevenness that I soaked the cardigan and then afterwards threw it into the washing machine for the spin circle (yes, spin only, never rinse, just spin with 1400). This is what I always do with my knits, I put them into very hot water, gently push them under the surface, let them soak at least until the water is cool. Straight from the sink, I throw the knit into the washing machine and spin all the water out, and every single time the outcome is beautiful. Lace always goes inside a mesh bag if it is knitted with delicate yarn.
After she was completely dry, she was looking so much better and I crocheted the neck opening and the fronts. Cutting was uneventful, careful snipping of the stitches.
Now the front bands.
While Ursula was soaking and drying, I knitted and felted (in the washer) a pair of mittens. This is an old pattern, originally done many many years ago by Pirjo K. It is a very easy and clever knit and you can play with colors and leftovers. As you can see I left some beige areas, I was going to add some embroidery on them, but no matter how long I have been looking at them, I do not seem to come up with any idea. The mittens are very silent; they will not talk to me and tell me what they need. Obviously they need more time.
Wool with you,