Taking in strays
Wow, how did three weeks go by so quickly??
Today I bring you a little rescue knitting that I've been working on. One of my aunts, who is quite a good knitter, started this lace pullover for her daughter. Despite her uncertainty and lack of experience with lace charts, an employee at our LYS convinced her that she would be able to tackle this pattern. And it probably would have been alright if the pattern was at least well written.
Alas, the pattern (from a back issue of Knit 'n Style) has many errors and ambiguities, and doesn't really explain how one is supposed to alter the charts when faced with armhole decreases, neck shaping, ad sleeve increases. In the interest of getting this gift finished in a reasonable time (I think that it was originally intended as a gift for last Christmas!), I decided to take it in and work on it in my spare time (whatever that is!). It came to me with the biggest part of the knitting already done - both the front and back up to the armholes. I actually just have one sleeve cap to finish now, but it looks like I have to go track down one more ball of yarn.
It's a nice yarn to work with : Mandarin Petit by SandnesGarn. I think I counted 7 plies of cotton. It's quite soft, and about a sport weight. Makes for some fine detail on a sweater.
The other "stray" that I've taken in lately is a cute little cat who has been hanging around the house for the past six weeks or so. Molasses ("Lassie" for short) was a skinny little black thing when she first wrapped herself around my ankles as I was hanging out clothes one Saturday morning. She had no collar, and seemed very hungry, so we've been feeding her and fattening her up a little, and Nick and I intend to take her with us when we move into our own home. Which leads to the next exciting news....
We put in an offer on a house in downtown St. John's this morning, and the offer was accepted! We still have to go through home inspection, and the deal won't close for a full month. But we're well on our way to having our own home! We're very excited. After a full month of searching and viewing houses, this one, though a little bigger than we really need, seems like a place where we will be happy to put down roots. We loved it from the first minute we stepped in the door. And we'll be able to walk to work.
So, lots going on here, with precious little time for knitting. Next time though, I hope to bring you photos of the first finished Accordion jacket - almost done!!