Since finishing all that knitting for the Easter Show, I've been working steadily-ish away at the Autumn Rose Pullover. Actually, it's really the only thing I have on the needles right now that I wouldn't classify as a 'false start'. And I finally have gotten it together at the armhole.
Oh how I hated knitting those sleeves. I used two circs for one and magic loop for the other, I did a bit at a time on each one to help them wriggle on a bit faster. With the fair isle choppping and changing of the yarn colours, it felt like you no sooner hit your stride with the pattern when you had to either move the stitches on the needle, change needles or change colours again. It actually felt like it took longer to knit the two sleeves than it did the entire body to the armholes.
Anyhow, no need to dwell on the past, for they are finished, and now there's just the small matter of a few rows up to the neckline. Shame those rows have around 350 stitches on them. I am always amazed at how quickly a bottom up raglan goes once you get into the decreases. Decreasing by 8 stitches every couple of rows really brings the stitch count down fast, and psychological or not, it's a good feeling.
Another thing about raglans - I much prefer a bottom up raglan than top down. I think decreases look much better than increases, and I also find the top down raglans don't seem to fit well on larger sizes. I know the online knitting world seems to like them, but me, not so much.
So, onwards and upwards, as they say. I've got a massive batch of 100purewool 3 ply worsted yarn that I dyed in a sombre granite colour. It looks very much like the wool serge box pleat tunic I had as a school uniform, which I absolutely loved. After a fair amount of research, I have decided to make a Heroine Jacket from Twist Collective.
I need some releif from all that hard knitting so I am really looking forward to this, it seems relatively easy, and all that 'relaxing' stocking stitch. Even if it gets a bit boring, I can't see it taking that long. I shall re-visit these statements during the project, for I may live to regret them!
Which brings me to another thought - why do I even have a Ravelry queue?