When I blogged about Swirl a few weeks ago I told you I’d made another for myself and I said this:
I enjoyed making it so much I’ve already made another to keep for myself, but more about that when I get some decent photos (I’m waiting for the weather to pick up a bit).
Well no excuses with the weather – it’s certainly been sunny, but as I keep saying too hot for me! You’d have thought that whoever is in charge of the weather would have taken the hint by now wouldn’t you? 😉
The trouble is that when it’s too hot, by the time I get home I feel about as motivated to get changed and have my photo taken as I used to about English Literature at school. I hated English Literature. To me it just seemed the most pointless subject known to man. (Can you tell I have a science brain?) I like facts, stuff with evidence behind it that you can be pretty certain about, like physics (I can still remember the names of all six quarks – up, down, charm, strange, top and bottom – in case you’re wondering) although if someone reads that in 100 years, new physics will have been discovered at CERN and it might all be wrong.
I like arty stuff too, but English Literature just seems like speculation to me. Read a poem/book/etc. Try to figure out what the author really meant by all of it. If it’s a historical text, the author isn’t around any more to check. What if they wrote a poem about a dog and you think it might be about the futility of existence, but they really just wrote about their dog, with no hidden meaning at all. Isn’t it arrogant to assume that we know what they meant, what they were thinking? Sometimes I want to get a poem into a school anthology just so someone can analyse it, find the ‘hidden meaning’ and then I can prove them wrong. Or give it a subtext on the futility of English Literature.
I’m rambling again. I must stop doing that. But today it has been slightly less hot and more bearable, so I have photos!
Back to the shawl!
This was originally my swatch for Swirl but it seemed a shame to waste the yarn (Easyknits Biffle-Boo which I bought at Andyfest last August) so after my submission had been accepted by Let’s Knit and I had finished the sample, I undid the cast off on my swatch and just kept knitting until I ran out of yarn (it’s the sort of shawl where you can pretty much do that).
The only difference between this and the sample in the magazine is the edging. I nearly ran out of yarn so I had to cast off a row early – on the same row where you work the edging – which is not ideal, but I wanted to use every inch of yarn I had!
This yarn is lovely to knit with and I love the colours – which is the reason I bought it in the first place! I was worried that I wouldn’t have anything quite the right shade of pink/red or purple to wear with it for the pictures but then I remembered this dress and luckily it was the right colour. 🙂 I’m really pleased with it and I’m sure I’ll wear it a lot once the weather is cooler. It’s rare for me to actually get a chance to make one of my designs to keep for myself so to have made this feels like a nice treat!
Enjoy your weekend!