joining Ginny and her yarn-a-long! I highly recommend checking out the other lovely people who link to this – you’ll see so much prettiness :-)
You know me – always longing for the sun and warmth. And yet I do sooooooo love knitting and the wearing of all this knitty goodness. The current knit that I am just desperate to finish is the Lopi sweater I am knitting for Abby.
It’s in a beautiful wool – an old old yarn – Cleckheaton’s Angora Supreme – that we found in the bargain basement at Wondoflex a few Saturday’s back. Initially, I passed over the bundle of 8 balls for just pennies (can’t quite remember but it was less than $30 and there’s 140m on each ball so a wonderful buy) but then I figured it was lovely quality wool and a great price so I picked it up after all.
When Abby saw it, she was delighted! Hawkeye purple she tells me – she being a dedicated Marvel fan. And she thought it would be super with some white and lilac and dark lilac for a Lopi sweater. And she was right. She always is – has an eye for colour this one.
As per all the Lopi patterns I’ve tried, the body knitted up lickety-split. They are such wonderfully simple patterns. And oh how I love that simple, repetitive, meditative knitting. Round and round and round and round. Then the sleeves – up they went. And then onto the yoke.
Now the yoke has certainly been time consuming – intensely patterned with sometimes three yarns in play at once. But I do love stranded knitting – my challenge is keeping it loose enough at the back. Once all those strands are layered, it does make for an exceptionally warm jumper. Like wearing a jumper WITH a shawl. Perfect.
It did feel a bit funny the other day – sitting on the porch, my cardigan discarded, lapping up that sun like a cat – with a big hefty pile of Icelandic knitting on my lap :-)
When I looked down into my basket, I was also struck by the contrast between my vintage basket, my Lopi pattern (same as has been knitted in Scandinavia for generations), my vintage Cleckheaton wool … and the iPad. I almost always knit from the iPad these days. Whenever I pack my knitting basket, the iPad gets slipped in too. Isn’t it brilliant! I just love being able to browse Ravelry – I start by looking at everything and then wheedle it down, adding my search criteria one by one. Then buy my pattern, download it and bam! I’m off. Can’t imagine knitting any other way. So totally different from when I first began knitting and we had to rely upon those cardboard folders of patterns – purchased from the shop, one or two at a time. And rarely exactly what I had in mind anyway. Now – the whole world sits there at my fingertips. The truly wonderful upside of being connected to this new world.
As for reading … I’ve been re-reading “Nourishing Traditions” by Sally Fallon. This book is so densely packed with fascinating information that I am forever discovering something new and tweaking how I cook for my family yet a little bit more. These days, I’m especially keen on cooking suppers that can be served in these dear little pots. We found 12 at the opshop the other day. They are Denby Gypsy – apparently very rare in Australia – haven’t been able to find any others on the old ebay. So we’re eating lots of soups and stews – we even had our porridge in them the other morning and I must say, they keep the food very hot.
On the fiction front – I’m adoring Karen Joy Fowler’s “We are All Completely Beside Ourselves”. Oh my goodness – the narrator is so utterly relatable. I find myself nodding and laughing and wincing along with her. And I’m also reading William McInnes’ “The Birdwatcher” – totally different, set here in Australia starting in Melbourne then moving up to North Queensland. Both are landscapes so very familiar that it is a very poignant read – I love reading about environments I have lived in – such a connection. And the characters are very appealing – it’s not literature, but it’s a lovely read and I really enjoy McInnes’ voice. I have Inga Simpson’s “Nest” to pick up from the bookshop tomorrow – also set in North Queensland and I think I shall need Ian McEwan’s new novel “The Children Act” too. Very pertinent but more about that next week!
Now – I’m off to bed on this cold cold night – The Birdwatcher awaits me.