I'm back, with a vengence, and yes a few WIPS which will be dealt with in time, right now I need to knit this.
It's "Margaret" from the book "Mason Dixon Knitting - Outside the Lines" well you can't have one book without the other can you? I'd seen the cardigan in a magazine, can't remember which one, and searched high and low to find the pattern on the net, but it was nowhere and so I went to Big J, pleaded, begged, got down on my knees...and well you don't really need to know the rest, as it happens I got the book!
The pattern is by Mary Neal Meador, The quotes (which is what I really love about the pattern) are from Martin Luther King, Ghandi and one of her own. I love the idea of writing on clothing, always have done since my dissertation at Carmarthenshire college, where I wrote a poem in a cardigan....(ravelry link) a pair of trousers, hats and wallpaper...sadly I don't have photos without faffing around (maybe at a later date).
I have chosen my own quotes to put on it, which I found in a nice little book Big J bought for me a while back "Moments of Peace for a Woman's Heart"
I'm hoping they will fit - on the back "Women who have lived wisley and well will shine brilliantly, like the cloudless, star srewn night skies" Daniel 12.3
and on the front "My heart took delight in all my work and this was the reward for all my labor" Ecclesiastes 2.10 ( I might spell that "labour" )
I'm knitting it in Wendy "Ascot" Chunky on a larger size needle than asked for, so I only need to knit the smallest size (phew), the skirt is gonna be the challenging bit, but I so desperately want it, that it should carry me through - then, I promise, I will finish the Braided Pullover.
As I am gonna be off work today due to a poorly boy and my ear ache which isn't going anywhere despite a high dose of antibiotics, I should get a head start! The back is done and I'm just on the shoulder shaping, which is the first time I've ever done short row shaped shoulders, so I'm learning too.
Oh and I thoroughly recommend these Mason Dixon books!
What other news? The merino fibre I bought from Jo (limegreenjelly) has now been used (it's beautiful Jo)....it went from this...
to this....Wall Clock (ravelry link)
and a llittle bit left over for this...
a tiny little neck scarf.
I'm off....gotta knit xx