With all this book-writing and Quilt Market organisation (and a spot of teaching thrown in) on my part, this poor little blog has been neglected. So too has my reading and knitting.
The top I began on New Years Day was looking like being a WIP forever, but thanks to interstate flights (and delays with flights), I managed to get a lot of it done last weekend.
The yarn is a hand-painted linen from Prudence Mapstone (purchased at one of the craft shows last year.... or the year before...?). The last time I used this yarn was with crochet. Knitting was a much slower affair, but I wanted the challenge and the opportunity to enjoy working with this luscious yarn for a long time. (I just hadn't counted on it being over 3 months on the one project!)
The pattern is L2 by Lidia Tsymbal, available on Ravelry here. I've bookmarked a few more of the patterns by this designer. I like her style.
The last push to finish this top was my reward - guilt-free knitting in the evening - for finishing the sewing for the new book. The samples are now all packed up and awaiting international courier pick-up.
And now I'm all inspired by a zillion different knitting patterns and ideas. Teresa Dair's Mayhem jacket has captured my imagination, and I'm planning to start playing with different sized needles and yarns to create texture.
I just have to finish a bit more writing and organising first...