Before this blog was a mostly sewing blog, it was a mostly knitting blog. I used to knit all the time. Really all the time. Until, suddenly, somehow, I was sewing all the time instead, and only picking up my knitting needles on the odd occasion (I mean about twice a year!)
My old knitting basket sits in the corner of the sitting room still, next to the logs. It's full of unfinished things. There is one thing I pick up from time to time, and that is a one-sixth finished olive green lace shawl. It has been on those needles at least a year and a half. It gathers dust mostly.
The other day I actually had a bit of a rummage in the basket and brought out a shawl I had honestly completely forgotten knitting (I still only remember choosing the yarn - it was years ago...I really don't remember knitting the shawl at all). The poor thing was fully complete, except for all the ends I hadn't sewn in. I still can't believe I had gone to all the effort of knitting something like this, only to leave it festering away somewhere just because I really am far too lazy to sew in a few ends.
Sewing in the ends took no longer than ten minutes. I am ashamed of myself.
Anyway, I gave the shawl a really brutal "stretch and steam" today instead of blocking it properly (I am too lazy), and the stitches opened out beautifully, and instead of being a seething, bobbly mass, the shawl is now at least three times its starting size, and the drape is wonderful. I will find this useful on summer nights outside, when the air turns cool.
Now I just have to finish the Kidsilk Haze Navy Cardigan I started, and all the socks, too. Oh, and the olive shawl.
Thanks, Sarah, for reminding me how much I used to enjoy my knitting! I am going to take it up again in the evenings (I don't sew in the evenings).
I just picked up the shawl on a whim this morning and, as I hadn't planned to do this today, I just took photos in what I was already wearing. Look! I'm wearing my Vintage Vogue V2859! Fab shirt - great with jeans.
Yarn: Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sport something or other (sorry, too long ago)
(The skirt with the big pockets was coming along nicely, by the way, until this week, when it stopped, as I had to spend the whole week doing our company invoicing, and it took up all my time. Back on the skirt soon).
Love-hate photos. What is perfection anyway?
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