Actually, this is not strictly true. I have just been busy. A pathetic excuse, but there you go. For the first 2 weeks we had visitors and therefore I was having far too much fun to post. The downside of having far too much fun was an energy deficit which led in turn to a nasty cold so I've spent the majority of the last 2 weeks in bed. Being bored.
So bored in fact that I have done nothing but knit -yay! So then, what have I been doing I hear you cry - well someone did anyway... Firstly, I cast on a Pacific North West Shawl by Evelyn A Clark. I've been meaning to knit this for me for about 2 years now, so I took myself by the scruff and cast on in some fabulous hand dyed fine merino lace weight which was a gift from Freyalyn last year. The yarn is actually a far richer colour than the pic shows. The pattern is turning out to be very simple to follow and I'm now out of the clouds of gulls and into the trees so to speak.
As I was in the mood for C/O bits, I also C/O a Danish Shawl (Dorothea Fischer) I'm using the Falklands and soy yarn I spun earlier in the year. It's lovely to knit. This particular shawl is not for me, but for my psudo SIL Fran who is blonde and as such will suit the colours better I put them to my face and promptly lost all the colour I have (which is negligible!). It is knitting up so quickly that I may just knit one up for me at a later date when Christmas Pressie Season isn't looming!
I'm also pursuing my Anna Zillboorg craze and have C/O another pair of mittens - these are for Xmas, but they are fun to knit, so it's ok. I've finished the outer of the first one and am about to C/O the second then it will be a couple of days on the linings and voila!
And finally the 'me' project I've C/O. I am also making a trio of dresses for me for the winter and thought it would be nice if they each had their own waistcoat to complement them. I looked at loads of patterns and came to the conclusion that what I really needed was a similar shape to the bodice of the dress. So using the dress pattern as a guide, I've c/o in the Redleaf and Silk I spun recently. The colours will complement the final dress really well and so far it seem to be working. I hope to edge the front in ribbon, and also put a couple of ribbon edged vents in the sides but to leave the bottom edge alone. If I have sufficient yarn, I want to pop a mandarin collar on to keep out the drafts. We shall see.