It is a truth universally acknowledged that a girl in possession of a pair of needles and beautiful yarn must be in need of a pattern. Especially if she is off for a couple of days holiday, generously given to her and her husband by friends - about which, more later.
And so it was that a couple of weeks ago I bought a lovely shawl from Goddess Knits, dyed some wool black, ignored the fact that it came out grey, and started knitting something that I knew would take me ages.
A week later, and long before the above mentioned holiday, it was very nearly finished. This is something I am not familiar with - shawls always take ages don't they?
Well, obviously, I did manage to sneak the basket into the car when he wasn't looking, craftily disguising it as an overcoat. I think he guessed although he was kind enough (or resigned enough) not to say anything. And obviously I didn't knit, much, and only when he was snoring and I was wide awake. Not unreasonable I thought. Those four rows were finished super fast and I decided, in the interest of using up spare knitting time, to add an edging.
It's only when I blocked it that I saw the clever linking of the designs in this shawl. It is a lovely pattern. I used a gorgeous mix of alpaca/cashmere/silk and the shawl is Annabelle by Renee Leverington.
Oh, and I finished the lovely Persuasion. I highly recommend it but if you are a Jane Austen fan you'll have read it six times already.