We've been cleaning out the bungalow in anticipation of a garage sale on the Australia Day holiday. I ventured into the back room and surveyed my stash and a pile of bags, filled with unfinished projects and very determinably ran away.
Thirty minutes later I had a list of all of my unfinished projects and my
future projects in an easy to understand order of progression, so I set about
throwing stuff into boxes to sell.
Working out which unfinished project to continue on and which to kill off
was at times fairly easy, yet other times it was all tears and excuses. The
amount of time invested, the cost of the yarn, how it had the potential to be beautiful,
really it did. Hours later and my list stood at fifty-four projects, but about six of
those were projects to kill off. It's pretty easy to kill off a jumper that
you've spent about fifity hours knitting but now realise you're two dress sizes
End result? Things are getting finished! Really! I can understand your
hesitation in believing me, so I shall show you instead. One project a day,
working days only mind, because that way I have weekends to catch up!
First up: cabled shawl collar jumper. I started this for Marcus when he was
six months old and even then it was massive. I thought it would fit him at
twelve months but it was still too big, plus I hadn't sewn the collar on. So I
put it aside and promptly forgot about it.
Fast forward to tidying up and now it's done. Buttons added and it's the
perfect size for Dot this winter. She'll need a tartan wool skirt, obviously,
and shiny boots. I love me some shiny boots.
The yarn is silky wool from Shiloh Wool Mills, and the
pattern was a Patons one I found in an old edition of "Creative Knitting". I'm helpful, aren't I? I'd show you a photo of Dot wearing it, but in 31°C you can forget that!
If you do happen to be in the Ferntree Gully area on Monday, drop into Gerald Street. We want to get a lot of stuff out of our lives, so we're selling most of our books and most of my yarn (they seem to take up the most space). Kid's toys, clothes, the works. It's pretty much all $2 and under, so a jumper for $30 is possible!