Thank you to those who offered to help me in the last post, I really appreciate it. I'll email you all over the weekend and we'll take it from there.
With the stress of having to knit four samples in six weeks now gone, I've turned my mind to the next Autumn Project.
I do have one thing on the go already - I can't remember if I've talked about it here (I know I have on ravelry).
It's the Evenstar Mystery Knitalong project run by Susan Pandorf of Sunflower Designs. I'm a big fan of Susan, I think she's a hugely generous and creative powerhouse. I find her creativity and energy very inspiring. I can't get over the number of ideas she has for this project - there's going to be a series of Fellowship fo the Rings projects - she's designing them and cranking them out almost simultaneously - it's exhausting just watching it.
I even like the way you have to work some of it out yourself - it does not bother me one jot that the patterns aren't perfect*. It's an adventure!
I'm a little behind, because I started the whole thing again, um, twice, but I think I'll catch up alright.
But that's not the exciting part. The exciting part is this:
I've found the perfect project for that Elsepeth Lavold Silky Wool I showed you a while ago.
(picture from the designer pipbird's photo stream )
It's the summer solstice cardigan by Heidi Kirrmeier. I'm going to make one in espresso.
I can not wait to have one of these to wear this winter. Can. Not. Wait.
And so, on that note, if you're looking for me this weekend, I'll be knitting!
* For example, in the first clue the instructions call for an INC7inDEC3 - so an experienced lace knitter would know that there are several ways of doing this, all leading to slightly different results.
The instructions described one way - kfb 7 stitches into a k3tog - resulting in a twisted centre. Realising that after the first set, and not really wanting a twisted centre, I self-corrected to a k1p1 instead and got an untwisted result. Some people preferred the untwisted result, and therefore said the pattern was wrong. They were both wrong. And both right.
Lace knitting is not like cardigan knitting - similar results can be obtained by slightly different approaches, it is not out of the question to do an alternative that pleases you instead of what the pattern says.