I’m on to my second ball of gold merino yarn now, and the little baby cardigan (lovely free pattern here) is shaping up not too badly! After puzzling over several in-the-round patterns, I decided to play it safe for my first garment and knit something flat, to sew up once finished. I love using this merino DK from Drops, it is so squishy and easy to use. And what a colour. I have finished the tricky lacey bit now and am on the interminable body of the cardigan, monotony broken up only by the occasional buttonhole. I think I actually prefer the crazed frustration of lace!
A busy bank holiday weekend on the cottage front, too: Oli and his brother Tom were hard at work building the bench seating for the sun porch.
Help was always at hand from various little ones, and the lidless frame turned out to be a very good row boat.
It would appear that all you really need to build anything is a hand made mallet, a survival bush saw, and a cordless drill (oh, and a mitre saw…)
Next up for me, apart from ongoing knitting (always important to have ongoing knitting, I’m finding) is a quilt commission, for a baby with a tree middle name, like my own Otis Ash. One of this little girl’s middle names is Sycamore, so the quilt is quite a simple appliquéd tree with leaves and sycamore seeds, or keys as I now know them to be called. In order to get the keys in, the tree is in autumn colours, which are just lovely to work with, all those reds, oranges, and muted greens. I have chosen a very retro 70s-style mushroom print for the back and borders. I just couldn’t resist it, really!
I’ll keep you updated…