I rolled my spun wool into balls - funny how there's always one ball that gets into a tangle and takes ages longer than the others to roll! I printed out the pattern, The Incredible Custom-fit Raglan Sweater by Pamela Costello, which I found on Ravelry. It uses a construction I haven't used before, knitted in the round from the neck down. I like to try different methods of construction. Penny sent me her measurements, so I filled them into the pattern as per instruction. Then I knitted a swatch. I wasn't happy with my first effort, so I changed to a slightly smaller needle and thought that looked better. Using the swatch I could work out the gauge and then determine the number of stitches needed. Right. I made a start, though I was fairly sure it would be a false start. I just wanted to see how the increases looked, what problems cropped up and so on. I think the increases look fine. But I'm not happy that I don't have the knitted rib pattern symmetrical. Rather laboriously, I've used graph paper to work out where to start so that the last rib will be the same as the first. Aside from aesthetics, the symmetry will help me make sure I've remembered all the increases. Now to begin....
I always promise myself that I'll spin enough yarn to complete a project before I start knitting. I usually give in to temptation and renege on that promise. Not this time though. There is enough here to knit the V-neck pullover my daughter requested. I can wash this as one batch and wind it all into balls before I start swatching and working out stitch numbers.
I crocheted another animal from the pattern book I was given, this one for a baby yet to be born. I'm not sure what the definition of amigurumi is, so I may be stating the obvious, but I really like the way the parts are crocheted in 3-D. The pieces of the toy have to be sewn to each other of course, but there are no seams in the different pieces. So making this is not quite as fiddly as it looks.
I knitted this yesterday while watching cricket. Jack won tickets to the game, South Africa vs England, so we made the four-hour journey to Bloemfontein to watch the game. It might be mildly eccentric to knit while watching cricket - certainly I didn't see anyone else doing it! But it doesn't bother anyone else and at the end of the day I have a sock. Or I should have had a sock. I was just congratulating myself that I just had the toe to do and plenty more overs to sit through, when a tremendous dust storm started. Horrible. And impossible to knit through. The players went on until eventually it started raining. England won according to the Duckworth Lewis system, in case you're wondering! I will have to finish the sock at home.