I've not been blogging.
The reason for this is that I've been going through a bit of a difficult patch again with regard to my health - the pain, to be specific - and I do find it hard to talk about. But not talking about it somehow makes it even more of a big deal - then it is the elephant in the corner, if you know what I mean. So I've decided to put my head up above the parapet again, and just deal with it.
I'm having more surgery later this week, a repeat of the last effort which wasn't successful, except that this time we hope it will work. So I'll be disappearing again briefly for a while. It should only be for a little while, I am listed for day surgery and with luck I will actually be able to go home the same day.
If you've emailed me, or messaged me through Ravelry, please bear with me - I will get back to you eventually. I'm not spending much time online at the moment.
Whilst I've been being feeble and keeping my head down, I've also been knitting, and I've finished a couple of things.
This cardigan has turned out to be incredibly useful. I've worn it so much that I've had to wash it already. It is just the right sort of thing for wearing over a tshirt or a vest top when the sun goes in, and that has certainly been happening quite a lot recently.
Pattern is from Rowan's brochure The Purelife Recycled Collection, and is written for their yarn Revive. I made size M, which ought to have needed 9 balls of Revive. I used Damask, though, which has a bit less yardage than Revive, and was surprised only to find that I only needed 8 balls.
No changes to the pattern at all - other than going down a needle size, as appropriate for the yarn - and I'm very pleased with the finished result.
This pattern is from Kim Hargreaves, you'll find it in Winter Blooms.
This was a very quick knit - just 4 balls of Kidsilk Aura and 9mm needles. The colour here is Nearly Black, and the fabric is lovely, of course. I only needed to break into the fourth ball of yarn for the cast-off. I used the lace cast-off, which is very very stretchy, and if I had been able to manage to get an ordinary cast-off to work here, then I wouldn't have needed the fourth ball at all.
If you only have three balls of this yarn, then work it just one or maybe two rows shorter. I bet you'll have enough.
Finally, still ticking along is Mythos, made with KF Design Line sock yarn from Regia. I still haven't got a picture, but I think my colourway is called Caribbean Mirage. (Turquoise blue, with green, dark blue, and sandy gold.) I changed the needle size - the pattern recommends 5mm, but this gave a fabric that was just too loose for me, so I went down to 4.5mm and I'm much happier with it. As this changed the tension, I went up a size to compensate. Hopefully this will all work out right!
At the moment I've finished the first half of the cardigan and have just started the second half.
The Zauberball socks are still plodding along - I still haven't finished the first sock. I'm liking the yarn more and more, though. It really is lovely and soft.
Jess is her usual sweet self. She's grown so much I can hardly believe it - she weights 9.5 kg now. And she's teething at the moment. She's lost all her baby teeth now, and the adult ones are coming through thick and fast.
She's definitely perfected the art of looking coyly through her eyelashes. I think cocker spaniel puppies must get cuteness lessons from their mothers.