Friday, 29 May 2015

A little texture in life

I've had a large bag of yarn at my feet for a while now.  It was taken out of its container before I moved and a sweater was begun.  I was never quite happy with the i cord cast on it began with, and it just never felt right to me.  A few weeks ago, I ripped everything back and set it aside.  The yarn never made it back to the wool room though.  It just sort of sat there.

I love the colour.  Its taupe, that hard to deal with changeable creature, with an undertone of black.  It will look fantastic with all the black in my wardrobe. 

I've also been thinking a lot about twisted stitches.  I found a twisted stitch swatch from a class I took at KnitLab last year when I put up my swatch board, and I keep wandering over to it just to admire its ordered sort of cute.

I have also had this book out all winter.  
 The Knitter's Handy Book of Top Down Sweaters.  I love this series of Anne Budd books.  To knit a sweater where you make all the decisions.  Delightful.  It takes me back to the old sweater wheel that I have. I used it to knit my first sweater ever so long ago, in the time before I really was a knitter.

There is a sweater in the book with just a touch of twisted stitches that I have long admired.  A Twisted Little Raglan is a simple raglan with a wide open neckline.  I hope it suits me because

that taupe yarn was just crying out to be something like this.  I have made a small adjustment to make that wide neck a henley type.  I think that will suit me better, and I hope the wide neck means that the raglan won't be so obviously raglan but will appear more vertical as it does in the book.

Poor wee Toby is well recovered from his chill.  He is chipper and bouncy and quite himself again.  He is sitting on the wide window ledges in the sunshine, admiring the view.  And barking at everything.  I think his boys are back home today.  He is going to be the happiest pup in the world and my wee home will be quiet again. I have loved having him, but it is always nice getting back to my routine.  

1 comment:

Brendaknits said...

I have that book too but must admit I haven't used it much. One of my favourites is the bottom one on the front cover.