You’ve got me for a few more days yet so I’m here to tell you about some of the stuff I’ve been doing.
Tai Chi Man and I did a round trip this morning of a couple of hundred “clicks” (kilometres) to pick up $100 worth of produce from a large fruit stand in a small town south of us. Here it is packed into the back of our Toyota Yaris – just as well the seat folds down.
On the way, I cast on for a new project. I really needed something to do. I am still agonising over the big project – the jacket or cardigan that will use the Currant coloured Brava Worsted along with lots of contrast colours. The sleeve style, the fair isle pattern, I just can’t decide yet, and anyway it doesn’t seem like a good idea to start knitting it before I go off to the UK, as it’ll be too large a project to take with me. The scrappy blanket is not appealing right now, especially with all that new yarn calling to me from that Knitpicks box.
So I started the Puerperium Cardigan, a free pattern that I found on Ravelry. A friend of mine is due to have a baby in November and though I’ve already given her a couple of hats I wanted to have something ready in case she has a baby shower. This is Knitpicks Brava Worsted in Persimmon, which is lighter than this photo shows. The cardigan is a newborn size, top-down raglan, with a button closure down one side of the front. Shouldn’t take long to do so I can stash it away before my trip. And it only takes one skein.
The other thing I plan to make is a small scarflet or shawlette to wear with my new outfit. I dashed into Reitmans today and found a pair of brown trousers (boot cut, pull on, stretchy and smart), plus a camisole and cardigan in a sort of pumpkin colour to wear at my dad’s funeral. No black for me (as far as I know, it’s not expected). So I shall pick a skein out of my Brava collection and it shall be my airplane knitting! I’m leaning towards this one – the DanDoh scarf. Of course, once the cardi is finished, I may just go ahead and start it, airplane or not. Then I’ll have to think of something ELSE for the travelling.
So what’s next? Lots of canning/freezing to deal with all those tomatoes. Maybe some dehydrating for the peppers and apples. A new pair of boots for my new outfit. Keeping up with the cleaning and laundry, and making lists. And more lists.