Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Back to school

We succeeded in getting back to school in one piece. Gad loves his new high school and has enjoyed meeting new friends, teachers and tackling new subjects. Lily and Benjamin are back to their friendly and familiar school, happy to catch up with everyone after the summer.

This is my finished Loop Stitch cardigan in Knitpicks Gloss, a really soft sock weight merino and silk mix. I have four skeins left and am not sure what to do with them. The pattern came from an Vogue Knitting winter 2005/6. I have not tried it on, so I hope that it fits!

I have finally had time to finish projects that have been on the go over the summer. I made four baby jackets, but forgot to photograph them before giving them to the recipients, my gorgeous twin nieces, Offira and Tamara. Here is the fifth baby jacket made for a friends new baby girl. I decided to try the Baby kimono from Mason Dixon Knitting. It came out very small and so I added more stitches and made a larger version. I was particularly proud of myself because I used some yarn from my stash. I have had it a while and have no idea what it is!

I now have loads of projects lined up. I have promised Oli a cardigan and have now received a copy of Elizabeth Zimmerman's Saddle Shouldered Aran Cardigan. It is quite complex as you have to decide on your own cable stitch patterns and follow her formula for calculating gauge and sizing. It was this that got me started on the idea. Now I have to swatch all the cable patterns I want to use in the round and then start calculating and writing out my pattern. Daunting!
I also want to knit a cardigan with the cashmere I bought in Florence, use some Noro Blossom to knit a tank top for Gad, make a throw and knit a lacey wrap. I really am going to have to prioritise.