One of this week's jobs was to finish The Skirt. It's been hanging around for so long now that it qualifies for capital letters when I'm talking about it, and that's not always a good thing! The pattern told me that I would need a zip and recommended steeking (cutting the knitting) but as I've been using acrylic yarn I thought that would be a mistake. Instead, I knitted it flat for the length of the zip and then joined into the round; I've had to do a bit of stitch-pulling to get the stitches tighter at the edge but it looks OK. My zip-insertion skills aren't the best and lots of Dark Muttering was involved - and having tried it on I've discovered that I could get it on and off without needing a zip at all! Aargh! I'm also a bit concerned about the length. The fact that I got the pattern from a 1960s magazine should have given me a clue, but I'm wondering now that whilst the length of it may be fantastic on my 18 year old daughter, it may not be quite so fantastic on someone who last saw 18 thirty years ago ...
It's easy enough to fix as I can just add rounds to the bottom if I still think it's too short once I've finally decided what to do about the zip and whether to take it out or not, but it was frustrating that what I thought would be an hour or so's job is still sitting waiting to be finished. Ah well, maybe next week!
Another one of this week's jobs was make a start on the videos to go with the sock tutorial that I'm writing. After lots of procrastination, I finally made a start ... and another start ... and another start ... There was more Dark Muttering and more than a few out-takes and this is something else that has gone back onto next week's list of jobs. I am clearly not going to be one of those people who "just do a quick video tutorial" as there was certainly nothing quick about this!
Towards the end of the week, though, something happened that I've been waiting for all winter ... it snowed! At last! I thought we weren't going to see any snow this winter, and although the amount that we had in Winwick was a bit dismal, I was heading off to Skipton on Friday and I knew that there'd be some there. Hooray!
The drive to Skipton takes me from Cheshire through Lancashire into Yorkshire and the scenery is beautiful at any time of year, but the sun glinting off the snow on the hills was just fabulous. I had to remind myself to keep my eyes on the road and not on the snow, but I did stop a couple of times to take pictures ...
and there was still snow on the ground by the time I got to Skipton. Who knows if we'll get more snow this year (people other parts of the country have had very heavy snowfall and would probably be glad to pass any more of the white stuff over to my part of the world!), but at least I've seen some now so that's me happy J.
I've never been able to make it to the Creative Coopers' Friday morning session before because of the length of time it takes me to get to Skipton; I was a bit late but nobody minded and it was lovely to meet a new group of people. Knit n natter group members are such a sociable bunch!
I took my Moorland Blanket up to show Lucy, even though I'd only done a couple of rows; I wasn't sure that I was happy with the tension and wanted her opinion. What was happening was the rows were ridging and this was apparently down to the size of my hook; even though my tension had seemed OK on the tension square using my 4mm hook, it wasn't working out quite right on the actual blanket. It's very useful (and I very much appreciated) being able to ask the Blanket Guru herself how to fix the problem!
As you'd expect, Lucy had a few spare crochet hooks in different sizes so I was able to try them out and see if a bigger hook was better; a size 4.5mm let the fabric lie flatter and so that's what I've decided to use. It meant ripping out what I'd already done but better to do that now rather than when I'm half way up the blanket. Yes, it puts the blanket firmly back on the list, but it's going to be on the list for some time anyway so I'm not upset about it at all.
I've got a new crochet hook on order now. I was going to order one like Lucy's as it was very comfortable to use, but then I thought it would just see if there was a unicorn one in the right size ... my new hook should arrive next week!
I hope you've had a more productive week than I seem to have had - and here's hoping that next week is a very productive one for us all!