Despite being busy these last few weeks, my needles have been quietly clicking away in the background. I make time to knit most days, even if it's just a few rows. I find it incredibly calming and soothing and the perfect antidote to the jumble of things that I seem to carry round in my head.
I've moved on from swatching and have made good progress on my first jumper. This top-down pattern is perfect for me. I'm tall, and my proportions are generally 'long everywhere' which often makes clothes buying a real chore. In fact, I rarely buy clothes, and consider myself to be rather scruffy! I've modified this pattern as I've gone along, adding extra inches and shaping in the body. No longer will I be tugging the hem of a jumper in the vain hope that it will magically grow in length.
I also like the raglan increases - once I'd read the pattern several times and then started to knit, I could see how easily it was all going to come together.
Now I need to finish the sleeves. I'm trying to decide if I should go for three-quarter length or full-length, but I'll try it on as I go.... then, just the cowl, and it's done.
I've also had a very simple ribbed scarf on the needles, using this wool which has now been discontinued. I picked up quite a few balls at less than half price. I started it with the idea of a possible christmas present, but I think I'm in love with the all-over squishyness (is that a word?) and the colours. I may just have to keep it... pictures to follow once I've cast off.