We’ve arrived. We’ve actually been here in Nyon (the town…I haven’t lost my mind and knitted a stripey nyon cardigan), and in our new home, for a week now. I’ve been putting off blogging because I wasn’t really sure where to start.
Lac Leman on our first day in Nyon
I’ve got several finished projects to blog about, and I’m sure some of you would like to see some snaps of the new house. I shall try and take some pictures this week, in the morning when the light it marginally better.
At the moment Switzerland is all a little bit strange to us…doing anything requires copious amounts of internet research, referring to books, and as a last resort asking a neighbour of colleague.
It would be helpful if Mark and I could speak better French but at the moment we’re getting by.
The Museum in Nyon - we haven't been yet we're saving it for a boring weekend
There have been two trips to Ikea so far, and much to Mark’s distress I think we’re going to do at least another two visits.
I’m currently trying to knit an Ishbel shawl (pattern by Ysolda). It’s driving me insane. I think I’ve undone row 5 (and the four rows before it) of section A at least three times (and it’s all lace so this is no mean feat). I know the pattern is correct as I’ve already knitted section A twice already and not come across any problems.
I’ve tried knitting in silence, I’ve tried knitting listening to the radio, and I’ve tried checking each row in section A against the pattern in the middle of the row and twice at the end but I cannot for the life of me get this row right. I was hoping to get the whole thing finished this week…but I’m beginning to think this is not meant to be. Very annoying.
Anyway now for some more successful knitting. I actually finished this project ages ago on the 7th November. It uses the Offset Wraplan pattern by Sara Morris. This is an excellent pattern, it’s seamless (which is great for me as I hate sewing up!), it’s interesting enough to hold your attention without driving you mad.
The yarn is Millamia, which is 100% merino wool. The company is run by two Swedish sisters who live in London. The colours available are excellent, I chose the green because it matched the buttons that I bought from a French market when we were on holiday.
I would definetly use this yarn again, it knits up very nicely and is incredibly soft. The matching hat was knitted in the round with the border edge using the same mistake rib pattern that runs along the edge of the cardigan.
This is the first stripped pattern I’ve knitted in the round. To try and avoid steps when you’re knitting in the round I’d recommend using the guidance found here.
I’m really pleased with how this project turned out, I’d use the yarn again, and I’d use the pattern again! It’s good to revisit a success when you’re having an uphill struggle with something isn’t it!
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