I started this post last night and then had to give up and go to bed, and when I woke up this morning, I decided that if I told you about all the things I wanted to tell you about in one post, you would probably pass out from exhaustion. So I decided to split it into a few posts and hopefully you'll stay with me!
Well, so much for trying to blog more regularly. I'm supposed to be reporting back on the progress of the Rowan cardigan, but I still haven't finished it! I did reknit the strip of garter stitch on the bottom of the back (it wasn't the whole back that was on the wrong needles - just the (non)rib bit) and then I got to sewing the sleeves together and suddenly, other things were far more interesting!
My first excuse is The Shrug. I knitted a shrug over Xmas from some cheapy cheapy synthetic yarn that I impulse bought from Lidl . I took the yarn to Germany for something to do while Mr G was out making up for all the squash he'd been missing (quick diversion: Mr G is German - did I tell you that before? Squash courts round here (in Ireland) seem to be pretty rare so whenever we go to Germany, he rounds up his squash-playing friends and drags them off the the court round the corner). Anyway, it's just as well I took the yarn, because it was SOOOO cold, I needed all the extra layers I could get.
However, the sleeves were far too large and baggy so (see? now the excuses start...) I worked out a pattern (always useful!) and made the sleeves narrower. I had also done a crochet edge on the original and I decided to do a rib on the rehash instead. It worked out well and I've been wearing it pretty much non-stop ever since.
I spent ages trying to take photos of it this morning, but in the end, the only one I was happy with was this blurry one. All the rest were horribly unflattering (I'm not very photogenic at the best of times, and what with squinting into the sun... I think you get the idea...).
To be honest, it still needs some ends weaving in but I was so cold when I finished it, that I was too busy wearing it and never got round to it. I knitted it in the round from cuff to cuff, and was quite pleased with myself for doing that.
I think if I did another, I'd knit from cuff to middle and then join down the centre back, because when you knit from cuff to cuff, the increases from cuff to shoulder (ie. knitting twice into one stitch) make little eyelets, whereas the decreases from shoulder to cuff don't. So if you were aiming for perfection, it would be a minor fail. I was aiming for warmth, so I think I can live with it :¬)
So. that's excuse #1... Do you like it?