After that peculiar thing of "doing" one set of parents on Christmas day and the other on Boxing Day, I'm back home at last. It's amazing, the presents that you can get for kids these days. Look what "Santa" brought my niece:
(Not a tooth, clearly!). It's a knitting machine of about 20 stitches, you turn the handle and it produces eithera tube or a flat piece of knitting. She was so proud of the little piece she had made, quite a respectable scarf in fact. Perhaps I will have an accomplice in the family, apart from mother-in-law who I've got hooked on socks. Speaking of socks, I've wanted to branch out into some new patterns, and now I can -
I love the look of these, interesting but not too weird to put on your feet. Thanks Mum!
Now, Odile. I've done all the chunky bits, two front bands and one collar. The collar has to be sewn on as you go, so I've had to partly sew up the jacket. (er, before blocking).
The size is looking good so far. For a change, I did one of the fringe pieces, not yet snipped of course. These are surprisingly heavy, knitted in doubled yarn. I may experiment with an alternative way so there isn't such a thick "braid" of it.
One never knows how a collar will turn out when knitting a triangle but it seems to sit nicely so far.
John Lewis did not have any suitable string so I had to resort to a little clasp. Might finish this today!
Ah - John Lewis. I braved the snow for the sales in Nottingham. I'd rather hoped I would find some Jaeger or Debbie Bliss Aran, but it was mainly discontinued Debbie Bliss cottons, merino chunky and Maya. Since I've had two failed attempts at a scarf in Maya, I thought I'd get some more to make a full size garment, maybe another Easy Jacket. I think some new colours must have come and gone briefly because there were some very bright blues, pinks and purples. I thought the pink might be good for felting. Clearly this yarn was too progressive for the UK market and the rest of the world preferred to buy it directly from Manos Del Uruguay.
I bought seven hanks of the "01" but still managed to get the wound-up ball in the picture!
At Christmas, Mum asked "How are you getting on with that jumper for your dad?". Oh dear! Hoping he will help us put in a fitted kitchen soon, so had better get knitting.