My boys are back - hooray!
Now it's all about getting back into the swing of things and our routine was already disrupted this week due to the bank holiday so once again I feel like I'm playing catch up!
There's a few things happening on the needles but what I'm most excited about is the progress I made on the Lush knit-a-long (or KAL for short) while the boys were away. I had started the lace panel before they left but ended up making a mess of the provisional cast on and picking up stitches so had to start over two days before I left for Paris!
The construction of this sweater is one of the things that attracted me to this KAL. I love that designer Emily Wessel has taken what is really a very simple, top-down cardigan and made it fresh and interesting with the way that it starts. The "challenging" bit, the lace panel yoke, is done right off the bat, and then the collar and body are picked up from the edges and knit up and down to complete the rest of the sweater.
Being a top-down sweater the really great advantage is being able to try the sweater on as you go, to make sure that it is fitting how you like and allowing you to make adjustments along the way. I'm a little longer in the torso so I knit about an inch longer before starting the waist shaping. I also wanted a slightly longer sweater, so opted to knit the body and inch or two longer before starting the ribbing at the bottom.
Once into the body of the sweater, the knitting is pretty straight forward and makes for good social knitting. Or train, car, tv and pub knitting. Once I was back from Paris the following weekend it was off to Wonderwool so there were plenty of long stretches on the road where I could watch a movie on the train with my knitting!
Knowing that I consider myself to be a pretty slow knitter, I have to say how incredibly pleased I am with what a relatively quick knit this cardigan has turned out to be! It's now just on to the sleeves and button band, although I confess that now I'm close to the end I've allowed myself to be distracted by other things, like a wee design project with Rachel.
With any luck I may be able to finish this in the next few weeks!