May 17, 2020


Pattern: Ondulée by Julie Hoover
Yarn: The Fibre Co. Cumbria Fingering [colour: Derwentwater]
Needles: 4mm & 4.5mm
[More project details on Ravelry]

Lockdown brought completion of a project for myself also. This cardigan/wrap concoction had been on my needles since mid-February, and procrastination from writing finally helped me in tackling the seemingly never-ending mattress stitch involved in the completion of this project.


The original plan was to put this to good use during the spring months commute into work, but now I’ll have a lovely luxurious layer for morning writing here at home instead. And I’m sure its time in the wild will come at some point. The piece has everything I’m looking for when making new pieces for my capsule wardrobe: a timeless shape, an interesting construction, and it involves a high quality material that will hopefully last for many years.


[c] says I look like a crow in it [hence the project name], but as I know the blueish-black intelligent crow is his favourite kind of bird I’m sure it’s meant as a compliment…


There’s still half a ball left of the yarn, and I’ve already cast on a nice little project I’ve been wanting to do for ages. More about that soon!


So much can happen in the span of one knitting project to the next! Wherever you are, I hope you and your loved ones are safe and healthy, and you are able to navigate all the challenges that come with a global pandemic the best way you can.

Here in London all is as well as it can be. [c] flew in from Vienna on one of the last possible flights before lockdown, and I am currently furloughed from work with salary, and can take advantage of this time to make progress on my PhD writing as much as my unfocused brain allows. So, among all the catastrophes, there is also a lot to be grateful for.

I am especially happy and relieved that about a week ago, my friends [c] and [m]’s little baby boy was safely delivered in a hospital in Rome. So, at some point during the coming weeks, I will venture to the post office to dispatch this:

49882369517_e72e67a479_bPattern: Garland Sweater by Anna & Heidi Pickles
Yarn: King Cole Anti-Tickle Merino 4 ply [colour: Clerical]; Hazel Knits Artisan Sock [ Colours: Frost & Zest], The Uncommon Thread Tough Sock [colour: Capsicum]
Needles: 3.5mm & 4mm
[More project details on Ravelry]

I made this little sweater, geared at use next autumn and winter, from bits and bobs of leftover yarn from other projects, and really love the cheerful colour combination of orange, pale blue and yellow (already contemplating a similar garment for myself!).


I’ve not practiced my stranded knitting in a while, so some of the stitches turned out a bit wonky, especially as the fibre content of the various yarns I’ve used varies, but overall I’m quite pleased with how this turned out, and with how I was able to manage the tension of my floats:


I’ll post my next finished project soon [all my pandemic anxieties are currently channelled into knitting and crafting…].