I did enjoy knitting this and am very pleased with the result, and Mum says she loves it. But it did give me some grief, particualrly the finishing. I’ve never managed to graft anything before so grafting k1p1 rib was a ‘challenge’ ahem which may have involved the odd bit of weeping, some throwing things, and occasional shouting at the family to shut up and leave me alone. Only 2 lots of 16 stitches to graft but it was way painful. The finished result wasn’t perfect but was better that I’d expected (and on the upside, at least I feel able to tackle stocking stitch grafting now; in fact I want to make the North Sea Shawl from Folk Shawls that has a big load of grafting in it). And one of the knitted-on bands went a bit weird and I couldn’t work out why.
But on the whole, once blocked and dried, it is beautiful if I say so myself. Enjoy your cruise, mum.
pattern: Jeanie by Keri Williams
yarn: Dream in Color Smooshy, shade 340 Gothic Rose
And in other news, we had our first knitting meet in our local cafe on Thursday. Only, some people thought it was going to be a knitting class and came along hoping to learn. I brought spare needles and oddments of yarn and assorted books and ended up trying to show 5 people how to knit. And we’re doing it all again next week.