Rewind …


So in my last blog post I wrote about casting on for another shawl – I’d already swatched it and had decided on an easier way of constructing it.  Or so I thought!  I played around with it, and I didn’t like it – it didn’t work how I wanted to.  So I ripped, and started again.  I knit the whole of the body and sat and looked at it for ages … and ages … and ages.  Nope, too small.  So I ripped and started again after a lot of thought about how many stitches I needed for the edging and how I was going to get the sums right, with more increases in each row, and that was much better.  I knit the whole of the body again (I’d had to change the look of it to get the maths right, but still).  Then I started the edging, and I realised I’d forgotten that I needed multiples of my stitch count, plus one stitch for the edging to sit right.  Gggrrr.  So tonight I’ve ripped it out and restarted yet again … but on the plus side, I’ve been able to change the look of it back to how I’d envisaged it originally.  I’m still not convinced about the stitch count for the edging though …

Anyway, when I’ve finally stopped ripping and restarting, it promises to be a really pretty shawl, very elegant and understated.  I’m knitting my sample in DK-weight yarn, but I’m hoping to write the final pattern in a variety of sizes to take advantage of several different weights of yarn – I’m thinking definitely laceweight and fingering plus the DK at the very least.  I’m not sure that it would work so well in aran/worsted weight, but I’ll definitely be swatching at that weight to see what happens.  Construction-wise, the body is knit first, and then the edging is knit on afterwards to the live stitches, but overall the pattern is very simple.  I like clean and simple lines, and that will hopefully come across in my designs. 

Also as I mentioned last time, Phyllis has now been test knit, and tech edited.  I’m pondering running a KAL at some point in the near future – all opinions about this are welcomed!  Unfortunately, I’ve only got as far as pondering, as life has been even more hectic than usual recently.  Work has been completely relentless, the phone has rung off the hook all day every day, and there have been challenges galore to deal with.  Oh, and I’ve been covering for one of my staff and my manager for the last week, which hasn’t helped my productivity (despite working extra hours last week).  I could’ve done with going to work on Friday (Good Friday here in the UK is a bank holiday so no work!), and just spending a few hours trying to clear some of my typing backlog, but I decided that catching up on a bit of sleep was probably a bit more important.  It’s hard to be productive during the working day when exhaustion wants to be your best friend.

Things have been hectic at home too.  M has come to live with us now (hooray!!!), and we’re still in that getting used to the changes phase – for me that means a 20 mile round trip to pick him up from work each night (he’s learning to drive) and to take him on the days when he doesn’t start until after I get home, getting into the habit of cooking a proper dinner so that there’s some for him when he comes home (instead of my usual ‘can’t be bothered, let’s just have omelette or beans on toast’); and more bloody ironing!  But I am definitely not complaining, even though I am going to have to bite the bullet and have a major declutter (yes, another one) over the next few weeks in order to make some more room for his meagre possessions (well, compared to all the crap I have, anyway …) 

See … this is why I am definitely not complaining at having to make any adjustments whatsoever to my routines and life … he’s just handed me my iPad, and shown me that he’s just sourced me a copy of the full instruction manual for a new program that I need to learn to use (without being asked).  It would no doubt have taken me forever to track a copy down, but he has this knack for producing the goods in double quick time.  AND he’s sent me the link to a billion and one webcasts showing how to use the program.  AND made me about 100 cups of coffee today.  Me?  Spoilt?  Yep!

Right, time for a few more rows of shawl-incarnation-no7634 before bed … back in a few days (hopefully) with a sneaky peek for you!




About katiepopsmartin

I'm a busy 40-something, juggling many things at the same time, including a very rewarding and challenging job in the NHS, being the founding partner of a small company manufacturing business and craft rubber stamps, a hobbyist enjoying the challenge of working with yarn and paper (not usually at the same time, obviously), trying to get the house sorted out, studying for further qualifications and being a harrassed single Mum.

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