These pictures serve as evidence, proof that I've taken care to rest and let my body heal. Honestly, I'm a terrible patient - not patient at all. But it's so much easier to lay still when your hands keep moving. All this resting has done my body much good. Monday was actually the first day I didn't wipe out by mid-afternoon. I do admit that going about my work throughout the day, my fingers ached for the needles. I'm telling you, convalescing has spoiled me.
I have here a photo timeline of sorts, the progression of one bedrest project to the next. First there was Alex's cardigan, an infant version of my garden sweater. Funny thing as I knit this one, I had this odd feeling of familiarity - that I knew this sweater somehow. I chalked it up to having recently knit a larger version of the same pattern, but still there was just something about it - something I couldn't put my finger on. It wasn't until I sewed on the buttons and held up the finished garment that it hit me. Yes! I know this sweater and it belongs to Peter Rabbit!
Then there was the pumpkin hat, the special baby shower prize. That one knit up in an afternoon. This sweet little pattern is a favorite. (I've knit it a few times before.) I actually have quite a bit of yarn left over and think I'll knit up at least one (maybe two?) more before October arrives. In the meantime, this pumpkin's blocked and ready for Tuesday's mail.
Following through on the promise of that hat wasn't my only motivation for finishing so quickly. No. That had much to do with a couple skeins of Tosh Vintage calling to me from the recesses of my knitting shelves. My current project is one for Gregory, a seamless cabled cardigan. Oh, how I love cables! After knitting my cardigan and Alex's - all that garter stitch - it's nice to have the variation in texture. The detail of the cables, one on each sweater front, one running down each sleeve, is so pleasing to work. I'm enjoying lingering on this one, but...
You did notice that wine-colored goodness, didn't you? The last picture in the row? It's one of Quince's new colors. Malbec, they call it. I have plans to make a little something special for myself - a just reward for the mama after knitting for her little ones.
I confess - I'm terribly unorganized and not yet in the habit of yarning and crafting along. Now I do believe that Nicole hosts her Keep Calm, Craft On link up on Tuesdays. (I'll be checking in at Frontier Dreams to link up there.) And I know Ginny hosts Yarn Along on Wednesdays, so I'll link up with her tomorrow.
And yes, yarn along is all about knitting AND reading. What am I reading these days? That leads me back to the first photo and a book I'm reading once again. Vigen Guroian's Tending the Heart of Virtue, a beautifully written testimony of the importance of the fairy tale and how it serves to form the moral imagination of a child. I've recommended this one in the past and do so again, wholeheartedly.
See you at Nicole's and Ginny's.