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A Tiny Flame

October 13, 2013

Have you been wondering where the knitting is?  Well, I have!

One of the drawbacks of monogamous knitting is there is an uncomfortable gap between projects sometimes. In this case, there were also some achy hands involved. But if you say it very softly, then it is not really happening! And hopefully it will go away before you actually have to acknowledge it.

IMG_0047Without any knitting to hand, I did take the spindle with me to Our Dear Boy’s after-school-sport thing which is something I wouldn’t ordinarily do.  It has got me a bit excited about this particular spinning project again.

IMG_0051I have cast on Evelyn Clark’s Shetland Triangle Lace Shawl after seeing a mamma at school wearing one she bought at the Victorian Handweavers and Spinners Guild.  I am using handspun too…a three ply, flame coloured, Polwarth and silk blend from Wendy Dennis that I began spinning for a Baby Surprise Jacket for Our Dear Girl when I was pregnant.  Unfortunately, spinning ceased when I developed pelvic instability and embraced crutches for the remainder of the pregnancy.  I think I finished spinning it early last year maybe but it was homeless until I decided on this pattern.

IMG_0015It is a delight to knit with as it is so bouncy and squishy.  Not sure if I like the striping I am beginning to see but will see it though and then decide. It will be part of My Sister’s Knitter’s Fall KAL and hopefully I will finish it in the time.

IMG_0019I have also been trying to work up a pattern for particular tea cosy, I can see in my mind’s eye.  To be surrounded by stitch dictionaries, graph paper, swatches and calculations is a very pleasant way to pass some time whilst the kiddlies are on a bike ride with Dad.

It is hard to express the calm and relief I feel to be knitting again.  Do any of you ever feel a bit out of sorts between projects?