I promised Gemma-Rose I would knit her a cardigan. I decided I had to knit quickly or write less so that I'd have it finished before the cold weather arrived. I don't seem to have written less so I must have knitted more quickly than normal. The cardigan has been knitted and sewn together and looks beautiful. At least Gemma-Rose thinks so. She loves her cardigan which makes her look like a bowl of strawberry ripple ice-cream.
But there is just one small problem...
But first, I promised Beate I'd post some photos:
I used this pattern book.
And this pattern.
I knitted the cardigan in Lincraft pink mix Cosy Wool which wasn't the recommended wool.
It has a zipper up the front.
And it matches several of Gemma-Rose's skirts perfectly.
But now onto that one small problem: the collar rolls over. Help! Does anyone know how to fix that? I suspect it will improve when the cardigan is washed. Do I need to do something called 'blocking'?
I am very surprised I completed this cardigan so quickly. Usually I am hopeless at finishing things. Could I be gaining a new reputation? Am I getting better at fulfilling little girl promises? Anything is possible!
I have bought some more wool and I am knitting another cardigan. Gemma-Rose is delighted.
This time it will be a multi-coloured cardigan: pink and brown for the front and back panels, beige for the sleeves and a green collar. (A rolling green collar, I suspect.)
So I managed to find time for both knitting and writing. But there is something else I need to find time for. Imogen and Charlotte are still waiting for me to finish reading Charles Dickens Bleak House. (They finished reading it months ago.) I think I may have solved that problem too. I discovered I can listen to audio books online. So...
I go to Librivox and search the catalogue for Bleak House, choose the right chapter... settle in my chair with my knitting and start listening...
"Girls, I will soon have Bleak House finished. We will soon be able to watch the BBC DVD mini-series you've been waiting to see since Christmas." Another promise almost fulfilled.
Now what else is on my to-do list? Do you also have trouble juggling everything you'd like to do?