I was desperate to finish the purple cashmere garment by last weekend as the girls were both home for the weekend and I was planning to get one of them to model for me. Unfortunately I failed and finished on Monday. Last week, except for some swatching for new designs and sewing up and doing all the finishing details on a new sweater design, I only worked on the cashmere garment when I was at home. Had I been more monogamous in the weeks prior to last week, I may have reached my goal of finishing this by last weekend. I get easily bored so I like to have variety in my current projects. I tend to have an easy project and a more complex project on the go as well as a pair of socks for portable knitting.
Anyway, the cashmere garment is done. It's a big thing and I ended up with more than 1000 stitches. Now I need to find another solution re having it photographed. I may even model it myself as I won't see the girls till late in November. I did knit this sample for myself. I will have a smaller version knitted up to use as my official sample for shows. The pattern will include two sizes.
I completely ignored my Lang shawl last week and I've been excited about getting back to it. I'm nearly halfway through and I'm looking forward to finishing it so I can wear it. It's going to be so cozy and warm.
It's starting to get quite chilly here and my hands are always cold. I love wearing fingerless gloves in the autumn and winter. I had a lovely pair last winter but I lost them. So I decided I needed a new pair and I thought I may as well design a new pattern. I cast on yesterday and finished the first glove in the evening (except for the thumb which I need to add later). Last night I cast on for the second one and I've nearly finished that one now. Hopefully I can finish the pair tonight so I can wear them when I travel to my Norwegian Selbu Mittens workshop at Spin A Yarn tomorrow. The pattern will be out in November/December.
I do have an idea for another pair too. I'd like a longer pair and I'm thinking I may cast on for it this weekend.
Earlier this year, I treated myself to a bright yellow Field Bag which is made by the Fringe Supply Co exclusively for La Bien Aimee & L'Oisive The. The Fringe Supply Co sell these bags in several more neutral colours but I was thinking it would be perfect in a bright pink. So a few weeks ago when I saw that they'd made a pink Field Bag exclusively for The Plucky Knitter, I immediately ordered one. My cashmere garment has been living in it lately. I love that I can keep it on the floor by my knitting chair and the ball of yarn stays in the bag as I knit (rather than roll around on the floor) and there's plenty of room for my knitting, yarn and any notions I need for the project.
I'm increasingly getting into pink as witnessed by this photo I took a few weeks ago. I was wearing a pink dress, pink shoes, pink poncho (Portofino) and using my pink Field Bag and there was some pink in the cheerful flowers Simon got me for our anniversary a few weeks ago.
Are you a monogamous knitter? Or do you like to have several projects on the go? Tell me in the comments!
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