Recently I have heard it mentioned - more than once - that it is not really 'the done thing' to post pictures of work in progress in one's blog. The thing to do, apparently, is to remain silent until the whole thing is finished, and then post about it.
Well, if that is the case, then I am already a lost cause, and must resign myself to being terminally uncool. So, I will just carry on.
Yesterday I continued working on Benedikta, and I finished the first of the five rounds of blocks, which were worked in colour 2010. I still have almost 100 grams of the original 150 for this colour, so there will be plenty for the other round of blocks to be worked in this colour.
Here is the state of play first thing this morning.
The two sides are looking very different. I have not yet decided which side is going to be the front. At the moment I am tending towards the first one, with the orange stripe in the lower border. I'm really not sure yet though, I will see how I feel as it continues.
There are some striking colour changes in this yarn. I worked the first three blocks in the lower picture - right to left - all in sequence, straight from the skein. Then I switched to another skein and worked that last block that looks light blue and actually is a bright turquoise-y green, followed by the first two on the right in the top picture, all in sequence, once again straight from the skein. Then I switched back to the first skein again, and worked the last two on the left in the top picture.
I'm thinking that maybe I need to give more thought to which colour goes where. Or possibly less thought, and simply leave it up to Eisaku Noro, who certainly knows more about these things than I do.
By the way, I take back what I said before about there being lots of spiky bits in this yarn that needed to be picked out. With 2011, there was a lot. But with 2010, there has been none at all, and I think this may be some sort of record for Noro. No vegetable matter whatsoever.
Also, I'm still thinking that the yarn quantities will be very close as regards 2011. The sleeves and lower borders will take more than six skeins. One round of blocks will take just about one skein, with no picking and choosing of which colour goes where. So that leaves less than one skein for the neckband. Quite possibly not enough, as this is a wide neckband. But with regard to the other yarn colours, there is no problem at all, in fact I am sure there will be substantial leftovers. So that will all work out.
The next round is worked with colour 2015. This goes from black, through grey to mauve to coral/orange, and then gold, deep green, and back to black again. I only have to work one round of blocks in this colour, so I can dip into the three different skeins as I choose.
After that, three more rounds of blocks - 2014, 2011 again, and 2010 again. Then just four blocks to shape the V neck front and back, and all that remains is the sleeve and the neckband. When did I start working this pullover? Tuesday 11th December, I think. At this rate, I might get it finished for next weekend. That would be rather good.
Not sure when I will get to the computer tomorrow - I have that job interview that I mentioned. I find that I am very much looking forward to it actually.