Firstly I want to say a huge congratulations to Liz, who finished her first London Marathon last sunday with a time of 04:25:03.
It happened like this. I love W’s mum. She’s very lovely, and it’s a pleasure hanging out with her. We have shopping trips to Boden in london, and last time she came back from the US she brought me handpainted sock yarn. what’s not to love?
Anyways she also knits, but either her confidence got knocked, or she’s just realised that basically, i’m her bitch when it comes to wooly things (which i am. really. damn. 😉 )
So last time she came to see us, she brought with her a waistcoat that i’ve seen her in a number of times over the years, and which she loves to bit, and which has started to wear out. (she’s been wearing it for something like forteen years so really, it’s not doing badly.)
Anyways… I CANNOT HELP MYSELF.
So she and W go for a walk and i spend a good hour and a half not watching track cycling on tv with my sister, but obsessively copying down the details of this waistcoat. For I am going to make her a replacement!
And this will be her present for her 70’s birthday in June (which means I can get W to pay for the yarn.)
We will not mention that this is my first fair-isle. And my first steek. However I am using proper shetland wool from Jamieson and Smith, and wriggling my way through Alice Starmore’s Fair Isle knitting book at the library*, so I have no excuse but to suceed.
In other news, I have finished a cardigan that I haven’t even mentioned here. However I mayhavenotproperlysortedoutthegauge (eeep) and really it turned out more of a jacket in length. So I am in the process of shortening it. I’ll post pictures when it’s done.
However Lara: you’ll be glad to know that it has ironed out alot of the problems I was having with the cable-round yoked cardie, so I’m going to get back on that pretty soon.
*I really need to go on about the library. But that will have to wait for another day.