I finished it up and started on the neck edging, which required my picking up about gazillion stitches. Okay, I lie. It isn't really a gazillion stitches but it sure feels like it is. Anyway, last night I was happily knitting along on the neck edging, working those short rows [how I love working short rows] and watching Les Dents de la Mer
*, when I got to the last two rows and decided to take a look at the amount of yarn I had left. Uh-oh! [Insert ominous approaching shark music from Jaws
.] Less than half a skein. I'm not sure if I am going to have enough yarn to finish the back edging and cuffs! I started looking at my swatch to see if I could rip that out and glean a few centimeters out of that, which is pretty sorry. And that, my friends, is why it's a good idea to always get an extra ball of yarn even if you're sick and tired of doing that because you could open a yarn store with all the oddballs leftover from previous projects. Now I'm going to be fervently praying to the yarn gods while I nervously knit the edgings: "Please, yarn gods! Let there be enough of this bad boy Cathay so I can finish the Fiery Bolero and wear it on vacation! I shall place chocolate at the altar, er...my stash closet, for you!
" If that doesn't work, I'll have to order another skein when I get back from vacation, and wait for it to come in. That'll learn me, good and proper.
Oh, but there's more. I couldn't resist surreptitiously getting in a few rows on the Flowery Cardigan
, even though I should really be packing for vacation, going to my hair appointment and sweating over the measly half skein of Cathay I have to finish my Fiery Bolero.
Wanna see the whole enchilada
? Oh, go on.
This is the back piece, which has similar construction to the Fiery Bolero as the sleeves are knit on. See those extra stitches at both ends
? I just began increasing stitches for the sleeves. The fun part! Should make for interesting travel knitting. And I like knitting this little cardi so much that I decided to knit the matching diaper cover that goes with it, and just bought a couple of extra skeins of Phil Eponge in order to do that. The diaper cover has a big flower right smack on the bottom. Awwwwwwwww!
Now, for my travel knitting. I'm taking:
1) A few skeins of GGH Scarlett so I can start knitting my Rebecca cardi, already. I swatched for this project a while ago
and haven't even started. J'ai honte
! Maybe I'll do a few rows of ribbing while I'm away, just because.
2) Some skeins Phildar Quietude so I can work on a vest for my dad. Rows and rows of ribbing for a vest destined for a man the size of a rugby player! In gray flannel yarn. Who loves ya, Dad???
3) All the Phil Eponge slotted for the Flowery Cardigan. Let's hope I have this as a near-finished project by the time I get back.
And wait! There's even more. Before I go, I give you some artsy snapshot slideshows taken when I was in Paris:
The family and I are heading off to the Loire Valley and Paris for vacation. There will be updates when I get back. See you then!