I haven't mentioned knitting for a while which of course doesn't mean I haven't been doing any.
I have been ploughing on with the Debbie Bliss Shawl Collar jumper which I think I might have been about a year in the doing of, and here's what it should look like when it's finished...
I quite like it when the basket of wool has been replaced by a basket of knitted bits, and though I can't get the colour right in this picture you'll have to take my word that it is a very nice pea green and the wool is Debbie Bliss Donegal Luxury Tweed Aran.
So I had finally reached the collar stage, and having talked myself into a 'you-can-do-this' upbeat mood about picking up 188 stitches on a circular needle and setting up the rib properly, I then had several attempts at getting it right and a few weeks later I'm still not really sure I have.
The picture does make it look much worse than it is but puckers have riddled the front edge and my stress levels have risen to distraction accordingly but at least I remembered the buttonholes this time. There may need to be some judicious leaning on the iron over a damp tea towel to try and ease out these crimps and perhaps it will look better when it's on, but this won't be going anywhere near this year's village show... the WI judge would spot those puckers from Land's End.
Things are looking up a little now that I have stitched down the front overlap seams and set in one sleeve, and one more episode of South Riding should see completion....and this picture captures the colour more accurately too.
So tell me what knitting is going on out there... I need something to do next and currently I'm a bit tempted by the Knit Your Own Dog idea, which would make a change from socks.