First - thanks for all the kind comments on the Great Canadian British American Aran Afghan. It is every bit as cosy as I wanted it to be and it almost has me wishing for the cold weather! (Almost.)
Speaking of cold weather I'm really into scarves at the moment. I keep coming across interesting patterns and the yarn in my stash seems destined for scarf-dom.
But 'no!' I tell myself. I really should start on my Christmas knitting so that I don't repeat last year's 'wrapping up sweater pieces/yarn' experience. Nobody seemed to mind - but I'd like to be a wee bit more prepared this year.
I found a cardigan pattern that I think my mom will like. I've picked a yarn and colour. We are ready to go.
But instead I cast on for Semele (I stumbled across the pattern in the Posh Yarn group on Ravelry).
I used 150 gm (600 yards) of Posh Yarn 4 ply Eva - which is a gorgeous cashmere and silk blend. The colour seemed perfect for this pattern.
I modified the pattern by removing a row of leaves that the designer had along the straight edge - mostly because I wanted a narrower scarf.
It was a pleasurable project and seemed to work up pretty quickly.
I blocked it very lightly and it's a generous 6 ft by 1 ft (at the widest point).
I finished this one on the weekend and knew that now it was time to get serious about this Christmas stuff. My younger sister has made a request for herself (and a suggestion for my older sister and her daughter) so time to grab the needles and get going.
But somehow (and really I don't know how) I seem to have grabbed the wrong needles and yarn and cast on a pink cashmere scarf. It is buttery soft and the pattern uses short rows to make the whole thing a bit ruffley...and everyone needs a ruflley scarf. Don't they?
I'm deteremined though that when the pink scarf is finished it's on to Christmas knitting.
(We won't mention that about an hour ago I was starting to cast on for a blue one. I caught myself and put the needles down and walked away.