Sometimes, you just need a mindless comfort-knit. This fellow is going to be a cardigan, worked in ‘Nepal’, a wool-alpaca blend by Drops:-
What I was too ashamed to tell you in my last post when I showed you this lovely new yarn I’d bought…
…was that in a moment of financial insanity, I actually bought three different bundles of yarn, to make three different cardigans. (I’m always cold. As is this house. The cardigans will at least get a great deal of wear.) The Drops Nepal is well on its way to being cardiganised. The pattern is Trip To Town by Drops:-
Meanwhile, the luscious Malabrigo Arroyo – shall we have another photo? Yeah, let’s have another photo – has been subject to a tiny change of plan.
I couldn’t persuade it to conform to the gauge needed for Plan A (Ardelise, by Vanessa Smith). Well, I could, if I used inappropriately large needles, but the resulting fabric loses its smooth prettiness because it’s so gappy. Look at the photo below: the portion of my gauge swatch on the right (ringed in purple) is smooth and lovely and you can focus on the luscious colour changes. Unfortunately the gauge is way too small. The portion on the left (ringed in orange) is knitted on larger needles and achieves gauge, but don’t you think it looks gappy and messy?
So I’ll be making this instead, and it will be perfect… or possibly it won’t, because gauge swatches are sneaky blighters that don’t always tell the truth.
As for the baby blanket, THANK YOU for all your wonderful comments and suggestions. An emergency planning meeting was convened (OK, we had our regular pub knit-night), and a friend has taken the blanket home to fill in the gap with a clever, personalised, solution.
Anyway, I’ve finally seen Baby (who is perfect and gorgeous), as well as New Mum, and In-Danger-Of-Spontaneously-Combusting-With-Pride New Dad. But it seems that Mum has been reading here and is aware of the blanket and its trials and tribulations. Because whilst I was right in my assumption that she is currently Very Busy with her newborn, it transpires that she’s the sort of Very Busy that’s a bit mindless, with plenty opportunity for reading knitting blogs at 3am. Hello Ruth!
I just hope that she – and more importantly the baby – will like the blanket. There’s a whole lot of love in amongst the crazy unevenness of that three-person knitty effort.
And please forgive the shortness of this post. We currently have no wifi so I’m pretty much reduced to etching this post on to a piece of bark and flinging it into the air. Also, I begin my new job today (seeing outpatients, rather than inpatients), and I’m a touch jittery. Time for a tiny bit more comfort-knitting before I get ready for work…