Despite my best intentions not to succumb to knitting distractions I have completely fallen off the wagon and cast on a new shawl. I still plan to work, mostly, on my Jokull – in fact I’m up to the hand openings. I’ll need to concentrate a little for the next couple of rows while I set the openings in the correct place so I decided to make a start on my Settler Shawl just be sure I can get my head around it.
I’m off on a little jaunt with Katie and my nephew at the beginning of the Easter holidays and would like a portable project to take with me. I’m hoping, once we get to my mum and dad’s out in South Africa, that I’ll have a little time to knit in the evenings…….I don’t think I’ll have any chance on the flight out with an excited 4 year old and 3 year old to keep a beady eye on……..in fact if I manage more than a few snatches of sleep in the 24 hours it takes to get there I will be very pleasantly surprised. But, I’ll be coming home on my own – 24 hours to myself sounds like bliss, I do hope I have a peaceful person next to me! – leaving Katie and my nephew out with mum and dad for a few days. Grannie and Grandy will bring them home when they make their annual trip north for our northern hemisphere spring and summer!
I have planned to make a Settler Shawl during this trip for quite a while now. I also wondered about a Pebble Beach Shawlette but for some reason that I can’t now remember (perhaps simplicity) I decided to leave that for next time. I chose Northbound Knitting Fingering in Sullen for my shawl – I think it wasn’t perhaps the best choice – Libby does suggest a plump yarn in the pattern notes and my limited yarn knowledge suggests that this isn’t what I’m working with, this may be why I’m finding it a little slippery and tricky to deal with (or it could just be my incompetence). Anyhow, I’m sure I’ll end up with a pretty and wearable shawl (it is small enough that I think it’ll work well worn like a scarf which is what I’m aiming for) even if it isn’t perfectly knitted.
Probably I’ve been far too optimistic in thinking that I may finish this one before coming home but, just in case, I have just bought some delicious Madelinetosh Sock in Rose and Kelp to make Katie and Islay shawls of their own. I’ll hopefully work on them over the summer when we’re out and about at times that I won’t be able to work on my Jokull. I think the Tosh Sock may be a better choice for this project, it will be interesting to compare.
So, that’s me – distracted as usual. I do have such good intentions but find it very hard to stick to them! How about you, are you more disciplined?
Oh, and just in case you’re interested. The beautiful little stitch markers came from Little Skein in the Big Wool and I made my project bag with this tutorial by Jeni of In Color Order (my first one but there’ll be more -it is a great wee pattern).