I’ve done it: a Shedir made with the called-for Rowan Calmer. I loved knitting this. This pattern seemed pretty complex the last time I did it (about a year ago), but I was short on sleep then, I think. This time it all made sense. I dropped one of the initial pattern repeats for a slightly smaller hat, and this meant that I had a bit of yarn left at the end. I haven’t measured it, but it’s not much. I’ll get a picture up soon.
In other knitting news, I re-taught my mother to knit. Mum hasn’t knit in decades. I certainly can’t remember her knitting. Anyway, she was so caught up in the yarn loveliness at Make One Yarn Studio’s boxing day sale that she purchased 2 skeins of Lorna’s Laces Lion & Lamb in Desert Flower. The intention is to make a vest, probably with plain borders & the Lion & Lamb for the main bits. The Desert Flower looks like this:
Anyway, before the vest comes re-learning to knit. Mum did very well, starting with 10 stitches & caught on with the knitting quickly. We then covered purling & that went well too. Not bad, eh? I sent her home on the train with some wool & needles and instructions to knit essentially a gauge swatch square. That was completed, & now she’ll be working on getting a consistent gauge, and then we may work our way into some increasing/decreasing stuff. Not sure how that’ll go remotely, but thankfully there are lots of great sites out there with pictures & videos to follow.
I’ve already cast on for a secret lace project that will hopefully be quick & satisfying & show up much later on. Then I really must consider knitting something for some of the many babies about to make their appearance in the world. Perhaps a baby Shedir?