It's too rainy a day to worry about clothes today. No, I'm not wandering around Dunfermline in the buff - I'm just having an official jammy day. And since the cough - crappy - cough yarn shop in town didn't carry the cotton yarn I need to finish the bolero I'm working on I don't have a current project that's calling me. So blogging it is, then.
I've almost finished the bolero, which is good, but it's felt like a loooong process even though it hasn't taken me any longer than any other similar garment has. I think it's knitting with cotton. Black cotton. Miles of stockinette in black cotton. Yaaaaawn. The pattern's good, though. It's the Debbie Bliss Fiery Bolero in the Spring '05 issue of Interweave Knits (I think). It's well-written and nice and clear. Just booooooring. It's the sort of knitting I've always shied away from and looking at how nicely it's turned out so far I don't know why. Maybe it's because I know the knitted things I'll always wear most are in dark colours and involve huge portions of blank stockinette and I know I'll be out of my basket at the end of it.
Anyway, here are a couple of recent f.o.'s and a few gardeny things. The pink jumper is an ice-cream coloured version of the Jemima jumper from the My Fashionable Life site. It's well worth having. I've knit 4 so far this year and I see more in my future. Really, really good pattern. Just excuse the black vest top underneath mine, will you? The knitting was photographed in a a bit of a rush by my lovely 10 yr old. The red cardie is a version of the Leaf cardie from the Spring Knitty. It's a Stephanie Japel pattern and also really well written. The bag is just a mini version of the Booga bag with the addition of a spare button pinched from Rhia's new green jacket.
The pink rose is a Gertrude Jekyll we have at the bottom of our garden next to the chickens and is looking good right about now. The huge lilyish flowers are Cardiocrinum and took 7 years to get to 8 feet tall. They throw out huge spikes of flowers and then promptly die. The little rhododendron is in the nursery bed at the bottom of the garden.