In the autumn I treated myself to Kate Davies’ latest book – Yokes – and fell in love with her Jokull pattern. I actually love most of the patterns but many are beyond either my knitting abilities or the time I am able to devote to knitting. One of my dreams is of some point, probably far off in the future, when I’ll be able to sit and knit, just for fun, on a regular basis. At the moment it is reserved as a rare treat for the nights when John and I get to sit down together – usually a couple of times a week at the most, but very much appreciated when we do so.
My parents gave me the beautiful Icelandic yarn (Istex Alafoss Lopi), which is the same that Kate uses in her pattern, for my Christmas. I spent a ridiculous length of time working out which colours to go for – it was a decision I didn’t want to get wrong and, for some reason I can’t fathom, I am much less confident in choosing yarn than fabric colours (when I sew it is one of my very favourite things to do). Once I had picked out the combination I liked best I contacted Anj, who runs Meadow Yarn and asked for her thoughts on the choice – given that she could see them in the ‘flesh’. She was incredibly helpful, even taking the yarn outside to check in daylight, and gave my choices a thumbs-up. The colours are: ash heather (main colour), dark grey heather, teal heather and golden heather).
I still have a very long way to go and I’ll have to tackle a few new techniques to get to the end but I have hopes that I may be able to finish by the autumn. I think it would be wonderful to wear for dog walking on crispy, breezy days. I’ll let you know how I get on! Do you have any dreams like mine of being able to devote more time to knitting? I wonder if I’ll ever fulfil that dream?!