I have been good…because I’ve been bad.

I made some good progress on Molly’s winter cardigan, finishing the right front and getting most of the back done too. I only have one ball of this wool left, and I’m slightly worried that I will run out. For some reason my solution to this is to knit faster as though this will mean I will somehow trick the wool into stretching far enough! 
The fabric is wonderfully textured and really invites you to run your fingers over it. I was almost put off this pattern after reading the notes on some ravelry projects which railed against the way the stitch pattern was not explicitly noted out in full during the decreases etc. But it’s surprisingly manageable if you are able to get really familiar with the stitch pattern while working the body of the cardigan. 
I have also started on my mum’s birthday present. She is reaching one of those milestones this year and deserves something special! 
These three are so soft and stroke-able and they are going to become a ‘burberry’ cowl. Something softly luxurious to keep her warm on seaside walks with her dog. They are treasured stash so I am thoroughly enjoying working on this project. One of the things that I am enjoying most about my ‘year of handmade’ is the way that I am able to spend time thinking about the recipient of the gift as I am making it. It feels like a lot of thought and love is knitted or stitched into each item simply by virtue of spending time over it.
So. The reason that I have been so good with those things is that I have not been so good about my stash. I found a loophole. Birthdays. I also had a milestone birthday this year and decided to treat myself with wool. As did a lovely friend! This one is from the craft fair…

And this one is a lace-weight that I think I will use for a shawl…

They’re gorgeous, and I am going to make something just for me with each of them. But, yeah. And then there is the quilting I started. But that can wait for another post. 
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About whilemollynaps

I live in New Zealand with my daughter and husband. I take photos, I knit, I design knitting patterns, and I try and live thoughtfully (whatever that means on any given day).
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