For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been knitting almost exclusively on Sasquatch’s Tomten. So when I ran out of yarn on the way home from Sydney, I thought to myself: That’s okay, Self, because you ordered the backup ball on Tuesday, and it’s only got to come from Victoria; it should get here on Friday. Unfortunately, Australia Post didn’t come to the party, and I spent the weekend dithering between my various socks-in-progress. The Aestlight shawl is right out of the question at the moment, because apparently I can’t manage to keep a four-stitch, two-row lace pattern straight in my head. I’ll give it another try once the boys are back in school…
Anyhoo, last night while watching telly, I couldn’t settle to either sock (for some reason I was finding the tiny needles really annoying), so I took a swim through the stash cupboard and dug out the Bendigo 8ply I bought for Boyo (note to self: stash cupboard in need of a serious tidy). I had a sort of a half-formed plan in my head, so I did a little Googling, and a little Ravelling, and found a pattern that was both simple enough for a neophyte like me, but still interesting enough to impress the punters, and I sat down to swatch.
I feel so clever! My floats were a little tight at first, but that improved as I worked, and I’m pretty sure that blocking will help that out as well.
The final test came this morning, when I submitted the swatch for Boyo’s approval. He loves it (I was pretty confident – patterns, maths and geometry are all high on his list of favourite things), so my plan is to work a wide band of the pattern around the bottom of the body and each sleeve.
And with a little bit of luck, that ball of green for Sasquatch’s Tomten will get here today.