It has been one long work in progress this one. Close to six months of sporadic knitting in fact.
Which it really shouldn't have been. The rather long time it took is far more reflective on my knitting skill (or rather lack of) than on this fairly simple pattern.
The pattern is Kina. I knitted up a size 2 but added a little extra length. Debbie Bliss' baby cashmerino was very easy to work with. I've heard it washes up very well, but I'm yet to test it out.
I started Violet's Kina way back in January. When I got to the sleeves I realized I'd made a rather big mistake in the increases and this little cardi was more likely to fit Violet when she was ten.
So I unravelled. And the unwound wool sat gathering dust until I had the heart to come back and start all over again.
But this time around it knitted up surely and quickly. In about a fortnight it was completed. I will admit there are a few imperfections in it. I'm not sure where that loose tension came from in the increases around the neck or a few other dodgy bits. No worry about it being mistaken for any mass produced item.
It is a little big but that's fine because it will mean a few extra seasons.
Violet, who is already displaying a preference for pretty things (did you see her hair elastic bangle?) protested when her Kina was taken off her this morning to change her top underneath. So I'm thinking I must make the most of this love of hand knits while it lasts.
So of course casting off one project leaves room to start another. Any suggestions? What's on your needles right now?
Ravelry details here