I only realised today that I'm a day out, that it's Wednesday and not Tuesday, and that I forgot to post a blog entry last night. The Monday's Bank Holiday has got me totally discombobulated, I'm all over the place. Do three-day weekends do that to you too?
It all started with running out of steam last Friday, and having absolutely not the teeeeniest tiniest tinsiest bit of energy to do a blog post, even though I've got plenty to show you, almost too much. I always miss it when I don't do a blog post, it's like something is missing, I'm incomplete, so it takes quite a lot to stop me from doing a blog post. But there we go, no energy, not a milligram, and no blogola post.
But I'm back again with renewed vigour, even if I am a day late.
It's my own pattern, very loosely based on the Annabel Cardigan I knitted which I blogged about in this post.
My pattern is sooo loosely based on the Annabel cardigan, that if I wrote it up and published it, it would be very hard to accuse me of plagiarism.
I was thinking of writing up the pattern, but when am I going to find the time? My brain is feeling scrambled enough as it is. maybe one day, when things are calmer.
I haven't even got a name for my cardigan yet, I just think of it as my Herdwick Sheep Cardigan.
The whole experience of buying the yarn was a bit of an adventure. The farm was a bit off the beaten track, down a very long a rustic winding lane. We were lucky that the lady owner of the farm was around to open up her shop, as she could have well been tending her flock of Herdwicks, which are a very pretty looking sheep.
You may have noticed lots of little wiry hairs sticking out of the balls of yarn in the mosaic above. Very prickly wiry hairs they are too. I don't want to criticise this yarn at all, because I love the colour and the way it knits up, and the fact that the yarn is from a breed that Beatrix Potter bred and loved, but I'm afraid I would be lying if I said it was soft and easy to wear once knitted up. (There's also a good blog entry about Beatrix Potter and the Herdwick Sheep here, it's very readable and informative). This yarn also sheds the white hairs whilst being knitted up, so that I was surrounded by a halo of white on the floor wherever I was knitting. I picked out a lot of the hairs by hand when I'd finished the cardigan, but there are still more to be removed. It's a cardigan that has to be worn over several t-shirts, or a garment that is so tightly woven, no hairs can get through and make you go "oww!"
If it wasn't for those bloomin prickly white hairs, this yarn would be very good, because the colour is so gorgeous, and it's a very hard wearing yarn, which doesn't pill, as far as I can tell.
One day, I will have a very nice and comfortable cardigan!
Shall we look at a few more pictures of a body in the cardigan?
I do have some beautifully soft Aran yarn in my stash which I was thinking of using to knit this cardigan again, and refine it, and then be comfortable wearing it. The yarn is lurking in a bag where I can see it, but that's not aloways a guarantee it will be used imminently.
I have almost finished the Coraline Cardigan I've been working on recently, I just have to graft the underarms, sew on buttons and sew in ends, and then its done! It feels like that's worked up very quickly.
Infact, I've already started a new project, another dress, using a lace pattern................. but that's another story.
I'll see you on Friday, I'm off to my knitting group, haven't been in a while............. cheerio! Vanessa xxx