Ah, I love Fridays. No work, children at school, just me and my knitting. Plus the housework of course but I'm not thinking about that right now.
Invigorated from my Peter Jones trip, I have cast of for a new project. I know I said I would knit Bianca, but I'm just not feeling the 4 ply feeling at the moment. I am using the lovely Jaeger Matchmaker DK I bought on Saturday for Peridot from the new JB37 book.
One thing I have learnt is that dark brown wool does not photograph well and is not easy to knit with at night.
I am doing the textured version rather than the two colour version and I am also following my tried and tested, 'sleeve as a swatch' method. Now the pattern is simple to remember and rather fun to knit - more variety than stocking stitch but easy enough to do while watching TV. However, where I get stuck is incorporating the increases into the pattern; and as this is a sleeve there are a fair amount of increases. It should be simple but for some reason I can't get my head around it. In the end, I printed off some knitter's graph paper and got busy with a pencil and made myself a chart for the sleeve up to the end of the increases (that's what you can see under the knitting). I don't need to follow it for every row but it's handy to have next to me on my magnetic board so I can glance at it when I get to an increase row.
I have also been getting reacquainted with River and we are good friends again now. Here's how we're doing.
I feel my knitting mojo coming back. Bring on Ally Pally!