When I finished the coat I was so impressed with the result (no false modesty here!) I wanted to show it off. Showing it to my non-knitting friends was good - but I really wanted to share it with knitters.
So I did a google search to see if anyone out there had any interest in knitting......and found a resounding YES was the answer. Until then it hadn't occurred to me that there might be an internet knitting community. (I know, I know - it's obvious that there would be....but somehow not to me.)
I found forums and blogs and online yarn shops and... It was amazing! Until then, knitting was something I think I thought only I did. (Well, not quite - but that I was a distinct and shrinking minority.) I bought my wool at John Lewis and Liberty and made do with what they had. (In fairness both are well stocked with Rowan and Debbie Bliss - but lacking when it comes to hand dyed luxury and specialist yarns.)
Anyway - this has re-energised my interest in knitting and I found myself one night last week in an online shopping daze for yarns and patterns and needles and..... heaven!
As a result I've now got two socks on the go (socks? what am I doing making socks?), and today started a beautiful stole for a friend's birthday. (Theoretically her next birthday....but I'll keep my options open.)
It's the Sarcelle Shawl pattern and looking beautiful so far. I'm knitting it in Rowan Kid Silk Haze. It's like knitting with nothing!! So fine and light. I started on a pair of Pony circular needles (2.75mm) but made a special shopping trip today to replace them with bamboo straights as the points weren't 'pointy' enough, and the join between the cable and needle kept catching the stitches. (So annoying.) To be fair to Pony I should say that the bamboo needles are from them and are plenty pointy and smooth.
I discovered a wee problem at the end of the first set of repeats, which I've attempted to correct with a bit of yarn and a darning needle.......
Before - the middle pattern isn't quite complete.
After - I'm not entirely convinced .... but it's an improvement and I can work on it again after blocking.....