I just love a Saturday afternoon with old black and white films on the TV (Cruel Sea) and undisturbed pottering about with my knitting.
Over the week I've completed the sewing up of the Peace Fleece Jacket and set the zip in (after one bad try) this morning. I can't remember whether I was worrying about it being too big or too small, but I think it joins the ranks of finished items that might have been a fraction smaller. On the other hand, it's so warm that it could really be worn instead of a coat so perhaps it's worth having space to wear something underneath. Having said that, the next size was four inches smaller which might not have worked.
No pictures though! DH has run off with the camera before I got a chance to download them. I will update tomorrow with some daylight pictures. Consequently the following pictures have been taken with The Nikon and then compressed down from 8 megapixels or something like that.
I thought while I was in the mood to sew things up I'd tackle something else that had been lurking. Remember this?
Well, I thought I would just start a few bits and see how I got on. Although it's extremely fiddly, the pieces are so little that the fiddliness is soon over. I had already done the body so then I did the feet and arms:
Symmetry is important in making toys! I later re-stitched the arms a bit higher up the shoulders as she is looking a bit gorilla-like here.
Bad hair day?
How long is it until Christmas?
Not bad, not bad at all! Somehow I don't think I will be knitting the whole nativity set though. The detailing is fantastic, they have a separate neck, thumbs, everything but does need quite a lot of concentration. Suppose I could do one each year for the next twelve years?
One reason for finishing off is that another toy has caught my eye. I picked up this month's Simply Knitting after an exceptionally bad day at work, and saw that Alan Dart has been working overtime on the Christmas supplement. There is a scaled down version of the knitted nativity, which I think I've gone off a bit as a concept. These, on the other hand, are quite different!
Astrid, are you reading? Knitted jultomten, Swedish Christmas gnomes, I think I'm correct in saying. The beards are knitted out of Sirdar Foxy eyelash yarn - they're just gorgeous. I rushed out to find some - there will be at least one of these charmingly grumpy fellows joining us for Christmas. (Only last week we were saying how we would be too busy to decorate the house this year!).
Nursing a cold at the moment so I'm trusting only to some plain knitting. I've got around to starting the French Market Bag at last. The yarn is from Handweaver's Studio in London and felts really well. I have brown, beige and red so there will be some stripes going on. At the moment though, I'm knitting a square base from the centre outward. I'm in no-mans land between four 20cm double point needles and an 80cm circular. It's OK as long as I don't stop knitting and try and put it in a bag!