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Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Cast Adrift

I feel like Peter Pan, I'm missing my shadow.  I've had an appendage removed and have phantom limb syndrome.  My sole purpose for the last six years has disappeared.  I feel lost and lonely.  I wander around the house not quite sure of what I'm supposed to be doing.    Bella Bee has gone on holiday with her Dad.  To Italy.  For 12 days.  I well up just thinking about it.  12 WHOLE days.  What do I do without my little mini me?  She stays at her dads' for weekends regularly and I appreciate the break.  She's even stayed there for a week a couple of times, but I'd still see her every couple of days.  Never for this long, and never in a whole different country.  I feel happy and excited for her getting to have her first 'proper' holiday.  Her first ride on a plane.  A lot of exciting adventures and experiences in a foreign country.  But she's doing it all without me and that makes me feel incredibly sad.  So while waiting for my daily evening calls from my little Italian bambino, which I treasure so much, but for her are an inconvenience, keeping her from important play, I try not to mope, I try to keep busy, doing something productive.  Trying to appreciate this child free time I've been given, making the most of it. 

So lets move on, to a Ta-dah.  I've finally finished my first circular needles knit.  The Honey Cowl pattern from Ravelry.

This took a little longer than I would of liked to knit up.  It's basically taken 3 weeks.  It was my only project on the go, I wasn't intensively knitting but I was doing it every day.  I had a couple of false starts and the finishing off took a couple of attempts.  So that added time, plus as a beginner I'm not the speediest of knitters.  I made a few mistakes, but I guess it's all part of the learning curve.  The perfectionist in me isn't completely satisfied, but I'm getting better at making allowances for being a beginner (for now).  It is a very easy pattern to knit, and ideal for a first circular project.  Over all I'm happy.

How hard is it to take pictures of yourself!  Trying to do that AND smiling? Out of the question!  And please ignore the decor.  It's horrendous.  Maybe picking up a paintbrush during this free time wouldn't go amiss!

I would have liked it a little looser when it's doubled over, but it keeps it nice and snug and very warm.  The colour is a little murky, but it'll be a good autumn shade, and as I got it in a sale there weren't many options.

Yarn used: Sirdar Click (30% wool) in Fern. 
Cost: On sale for £1.49 (50g) with just over 2 balls used is approx £3.50 total.

I already have another cowl cast on.  A different pattern.  It seems to be a much quicker knit as I'm already half way through.  I'm still not happy with the join in the first round though, it's too obviously the join to me.  I tried adding an extra stitch then knitting that and slipping the next over it, but I didn't like that one.  For this one I simply kept it tight when joining, but the first stitch has made, in my eyes, an obvious loop in the bottom ring.  Ideally I'd like it not to be noticeable at all.  Am I being too picky?  Is this possible?  Any tips or links to a good tutorial?

I'm going to tackle DPNs next and make a pair of fingerless gloves to match next.

With all this free time I'm sure it won't be as long to my next post as it was to this one.

Peace out x


Lulu said...

Thats so pretty...
HOpe the days go quick, so you can see your little girl soon..
Take care,

sandiart said...

Oh it is so hard when your children go away on holiday, I remember when mine went with their dad for over a week, I cried when they left and I cried when they got home, I was so happy to see them. Good job on your knitting and I am liking the crochet in your last post.
x Sandi

do you mind if i knit said...

That must be tough not being able to see your little girl for twelve days, really tough. Perhaps you could knit her something for when she returns, and it would help you to cope with it, and be such a lovely thing for your little girl to come home to. Your cowl is absolutely gorgeous, and I can see it's really, really soft and cosy to wear. Vanessa xxx

Anonymous said...

The cowl is great!
And I know how hard it is to take photos of yourself and try not to look slightly murderous.
I tried, and failed to take photos of a beanie on my own head.
Thinking of you as you miss your baby
Sonia xx

Penelope said...

Oh what a beautiful cowl, so neat and I do like the fern colour. I've knitted two of these cowls before and love this easy and cosy pattern. Hope you are enjoying having your little shadow home again xox

KatGotTheCream said...

You remind me of myself. I long for a bit of me time and as soon as one of the kids goes anywhere I start to miss them.

It's totally understandable that you feel bereft without your shadow. Think how wonderful it will feel when you see her again!

Anyway, glad you're keeping busy. I think you are very clever making that cowl and it looks ace. I, like you, am always way too critical of my first efforts as a beginner. No one else sees the slight errors, they just think wow how did you do that?

Country Rabbit said...

awww sweet heart i can feel exactly how you feel- sophia's dad is trying to go through court to see her more- funny how he couldnt be bothered when she was a baby!- just angers me! i know men should have equal rightsbut they should also go on how unsettling it is for a young child going backwards and forwards!...he's only been seeing her properly the last year and thats 1 week every two!...sorry im ranting!!!!
but i know what its like, i mean i do enjoy the break some weekends to recharge my battery but i just feel i miss on on times with her cos i have to share- maybe im selfish but i wish she was just souly with me! ;0)
love your makes! love the cowl- never heard of that b4! ;0)x 'BEAUTIFUL' X