Hello, is it me, or does it feel Autumnal? Slight chill in the air? For us knitters and crocheters the cold isn't too much of an issue, it just prompts us to get our needles, hooks and yarn out and start clicking away, making lovely woolly comforting hugging things. For me it's snuggling up infront of the fire with a "glass of something" time. The folks we didn't see at the knitting group all summer, pop up out of the woodwork and join us in our little gatherings. The nights are starting to draw in, curtains and shutters closing earlier in the evening. The word 'vest' will become everyday in our minds, for those of us who need that extra layer.
I keep on looking at the trees to see if the branches are starting to look bare, and then wondering if I'm a bit ahead of myself. It must be the chill wind. Here in the North of England we do get treated to cold weather.
I've just got to complete the arms, I want them to be full length.
The strange shaping down the sides of the skirt section won't stay like that. The reason it's there is that I'm knitting the dress downwards, and I started by knitting the torso in two halves. I then decided to knit it on a circular needle and save all the sewing in of ends that was going on. This stitch pattern results in lots of cutting of ends, you can't carry the yarn up the sides if the pattern is knitted flat.
I thought I'd knit downwards, increasing along the way, and make it into a dress. It wasn't all plain sailing, a bit had to be unraveled unfortunately, but as I like to say (frequently) "where ther's a will there's a way". There was also a break in the knitting of this stripey dress. I decided to knit something else rather than throwing this away in a fit of frustration. The thing I knitted was my fair isle dress.
I really do feel that I won't be beaten in the battle of the tea dress, it's become a matter of knitting honour.
And the battle isn't over once I've finished this stripey dress, because I am determined to do something with the bottom section of the tea dress I cut in half.
An image of me as a dog who won't let go of a bone is starting to creep into my mind. Still, "waste not, want not" also springs up at the same time.
And just before I go, I forgot to mention Penny's wonderful pompom bunting above, of blog planet penny, in my last post. My last post was about bunting and other things, and I'd meant to flag up Penny's version, which you can see towards the end of this post. What a great way to use up bits-n-bobs of yarn don't you think?
Have a lovely weekend, and I hope that chill wind hasn't reached you yet. Cheerio! Love Vanessa xxx