First - I must make better preparations for my photos in future. I was wearing my workout gear and trainers (trainers) and left all the washing on the line etc. etc.
Need I say it - Ella 3 is finished. I knitted this one in a heavier yarn, still Lorna's Laces, but Swirl DK (Black Purl) as opposed to Shepherd Sport. I kept the needle size the same (6mm) and it has turned out a little heavier, which is what I wanted. The Shepherd Sport versions are perfect for slightly warmer weather, but this one will be a bit cosier when the cooler weather is back with us. All along I wasn't sure about the Swirl DK or the colourway I chose, but now I'm sure I really like it. I think my reticence was due, in part, to Black Purl being a more subdued choice than I'd usually make (that old magpie rearing its head again). I blocked this Ella in the same way as I did the others - spraying liberally with water, and stretching it in all directions whilst ironing it on the hottest setting. Fierce. As Swirl DK is wool and silk I knitted a swatch and ironed that to death first. Of course.
I couldn't resist posting the only photo I took on my bike ride tonight. How much do I love cycling? Lots. I always used to do the London to Brighton (About 55 miles) every June and I still can't just take a leisurely ride. Sure, a large part of my enjoyment is derived from taking in the scenery (good for the spirit) , but I love the feeling of exerting myself and the physical and mental buzz it gives me. Don't get me wrong, it's not that frequently I cycle these days but it is without doubt one of my favourite ways to pass the time.
Pics soon, of the yarn for the cape. I may need to ask you all for advice, as I don't think I understand the pattern in parts.