I have been so busy at work lately that tiredness was a constant companion after work. Not so bad as not to be able to knit but too bad to be able to write. I can’t necessarily say it has quietened down at work but there comes a point when you should no longer let your work get in the way of the fun bits in life. So, what have I been up to since New Year? Two big things. Firstly, I have given up eating refined sugar and starches completely. I don’t know how it really happened. It just did happen quite naturally. I came back from Christmas holidays and in a fit of post-Epiphany resolution (most people give up their New Year's resolutions by that time) I decided that if my son can abstain from eating sugar so can I. I did fail before. Last year around the same time.
But now to the second thing (of the sugar free life another time). As if life without sugar isn’t ascetic enough, I try to keep Lent by working only on unfinished projects, sewing and threading. My least favourite part in the whole business of knitting. No new projects allowed! It has been hard so far. Much harder than not eating refined sugar, believe me, but so far I have stuck to it. So, from my monster pile of UFOs I have
finally, finally, finally…
- threaded ends of my Tilt & Twist (by Jennifer Pattison) and Skew (by Lana Holden) combination socks (pictures above and below). I wanted to try the Tilt & Twist socks but thought I could make the toe more interesting to knit so started the socks in Skew (red) and then put in short rows (mustard) to get an even start for Tilt & Twist again.
- finished the Panelled Effect Lady’s jumper from a Stitch in Time 1 by Susan Crawford and Jane Waller in Cascade Heritage Silk. The shade is blood orange. I’m not so sure about what to use as padding for the shoulder bits but I will figure something out. So, strictly not yet finished.
- did a repair job on a nupps patterned jumper made from recycled yarn (formerly itself a jumper). The welt had frayed at the bottom so had to open it up and knit a new one. This time I cast off together with some silk sewing thread to make it a bit stronger. It took me ages to do the welt in this very thin yarn. At least there was some knitting involved, even if it was just boring ribbing and not strictly finishing a UFO.
Tomorrow I will do the threading of a stripy jumper for my son.
I already know what I will do on Easter Sunday morning: start a new pattern! Can't wait.