September


September seems so long ago now. This is Lac de Ste Croix near the Gorges de Verdon in Southern France. We stayed two weeks in a the lovely hill top village of Tourtour and then a couple of days in Nice. I got on with my knitting, but I didn't see any yarn shops, people knitting, or people wearing hand knits. And no one offered to buy the shawl off my shoulders. Texas it ain't.

From Nice, we took a train to Menton, near the Italian border and climbed to the highest point in the town. This was taken near the bottom, showing that the top isn't always the nicest.



You may remember Fleurette, a lacy cardigan which I designed and knit in 2008.  I had originally intended to knit a loose, hip length garment, but it quickly became clear that my 9 skeins of Koigu wouldn't make more than a short, fitted cardigan. Here is the swatch for Fleurette II, my vacation knitting. 

I'm having another go at knitting what I originally intended. The yarn is Socrates, by Alpaca with a twist (30% Merino, 30% Alpaca, 20% Nylon, 20% Bamboo). Come to think of it, that's 50% stretchy sock weight yarn with no memory. It will be interesting to see how it wears. Will it get longer and longer?

I've done the front and the back so far, more or less following what I did the first time around, but making it longer in the body and in the sleeves. I'm currently working on the sleeves, which will be set-in. I have high hopes, even though I'm planning as I go. If it doesn't work out then it will become a dressing gown liner. Either way, I'll show it to you when I block the pieces.

The only piece of knitting that I finished in September was a pair of brown socks for my uncle, who really appreciates them. I'll stop here and next time I'll cover October and, perhaps, will get back in the habit of writing here. 

















Comments

Jean said…
Please do get back in the habit of writing!
Marjorie said…
That is a lovely motif, and I will look forward to seeing the sweater. The alpaca might make it stretch a bit, but with the wool in there, it shouldn't be a big problem.

Now I need to catch your mojo and write some posts of my own!
Mary Lou said…
?I love the blue photos and blue sweater together. Sounds like a great trip,even if no one bought your clothes off your back.
Helen said…
It would have been a great pity to go all that way and have it be like Texas. That photo of Menton is fabulous; I have a snowy cat on my desktop just now but I think he'll be replaced by that blast of heat soon.

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