Fancy a discount on my new pattern? Read on…
But first, to those of you who celebrate the occasion, a (belated) merry Christmas! Doubtless it was a different sort of day from the one you might have planned, but I hope that there were some smiles. This post is coming to you from the sofa, because I’ve just finished radiotherapy, and I’m tired. Strictly between you and me (if you’re willing to keep a secret) I, um, may have spent large chunks of the big day asleep. I’m not sure the twinnage really noticed, since they had Cool New Stuff to play with. Thanks to covid, Christmas involved just the four of us anyway, but one day soon when it’s safe, we’ll host a big extended family not-Christmas celebration and it’ll be awesome.
Radiotherapy was not the most fun ever. There were days when – and I scarcely dare type this – I didn’t even have the energy for knitting or running. But the knitting that has happened has been… topical.
I designed a new cowl, and the pattern is available on Ravelry here, in case you’d like to make one. Because it’s 2020 and because Covid-19 has trampled all over whatever lovely things you’d planned for the year, I decided to represent the experience in knitting. The yarn is Stylecraft ‘Highland Heathers’, and it’s lush. I didn’t pay for it, so clearly you can’t trust a single word I say. Look at the evidence, though:-
Having knitted the thing, I realized that it almost worked as a skirt, too. Sort of. Nearly…
All things considered, it’s better as a cowl:-
It’s worked in the round using stranded knitting, and the orange highlights are added afterwards using Swiss darning (aka duplicate stitch).
I’m charging £2.99 for the pattern, ruthless capitalist that I am. (Actually, we just really, really, need to fix our very leaky roof.) But because you lot are utterly lovely, and because everyone has had a rubbish sort of covidy time, and because you’ve all been so supportive during this whole silly cancer malarkey, you can buy the pattern for only £1.99 until the end of January 2021 by entering the code BYECOVID at the checkout.