The colour is very good on this picture. I still am not sure if it's long enough, I think I missed a pattern repeat (about 2cm) - I will just have to stretch it when blocking. If you could only feel how thick and warm the fabric is, I think it might refuse to co-operate! I've now ripped back the front I knitted previously to the point where I can knit it a little longer. I'm going to do the fronts and then the collar so I can set the zip in while the going's good. Note the shoulders are on stitch holders in anticipation of casting off together. These Clover stitch holders with a rubber strip that holds the stitches on, remind me of a sort of hair curler my mum had when we were little, that I used for setting hairstyles on my dolls...(sinks in nostalgia, splash, gurgle...)
The Kaffe Fassett is, erm, paused, for a little while.
I was shocked to find that the cupboard under the stairs (where I keep all my wool) is slightly DAMP! We think it's a lack of ventilation rather than anything rising up, but it was rather alarming to realise everything was starting to smell a bit musty, including my wedding dress packed in a suitcase. Gave me an opportunity to air it out and think nostalgically about a day eleven summers ago.
Mum and I made this - unbelievably I tatted lace for my veil as well. Do you ever get out something you've made and wonder how you actually did it and whether you could do it again? A lady posted today on the Rowan forum that she was thinking of knitting a wedding dress: I know of one or two knitters who have done this. Had we gone for a winter wedding, I'd have been sorely tempted to knit a cardigan, I had an idea for the Kaffe peplum jacket with the roses on (Glorious Knitting) done all in icy winter whites with mohair and sparkly bits. Perhaps I was saved from a bad taste experience there!
A few commenters have said they are not up to knitting a Kaffe Fassett design. Now if you are just making a friendly comment that is fine. If you are really feeling intimidated, all I can say is, did you get the Rowan free subscription gift of the Tumbling Blocks cushion in 2003 and have you knitted it up yet? It's probably my most admired piece of knitting by visitors to the house, unlike a garment, a cushion can't fail to fit or suit you! Just an idea.
The Rowan website has a new questionnaire out including the great question - what are your three knitting wishes? These are mine:
- Knit five times as fast
- Every completed garment miraculously fits and suits the person it's made for
- Discover a supplier of every discontinued Rowan yarn ever made, that never runs out or charges more than the original price.