The Quarterpint cardigan is finished. Cast off and sewn up last night, and soaked in Lavender Eucalan tonight - it's currently blocking on the spare room bed and I think it's going to take a couple of days to dry so I'm glad I'm not up against the wire this time.
I'm pretty pleased with it at the moment, I can't say for definite until crunch time next Thursday but hopefully Mum will like it.
It looks like this:
Only knitted up (what you thought I would spoil the surprise so close to her birthday after keeping it hidden and having no blog fodder for ages! - if I've made it this far I can keep a secret until the end). Mum chose the yarn so no surprises there.
All of which fervent finishing left the needles rather empty and in need of a travelling sock. It also coincided with the end of summer (seriously, I think last weekend may have been it) and a sky too dark grey and cloudy for any decent daylight photography so I dived into the stash and pulled out a birthday present from last year (see Zee, I do knit the yarn you give me, please don't stop) - Koigu KPPM in a colour guaranteed to cure all known cases of SAD:
See, here I have my own little ball of firey Hydrogen, Helium and other exciting molten things - guaranteed to burn itself onto your retina without any provocation - I love it, it's my perfect bright orange.
I've spent some time trying to find the right kind of firey pattern but a lot of the lacey flame patterns just seemed too tame. But now, it is
A Firestarter - it shows off the colouring and then down the sides we get this:
A twisted firestarter. It's all about the orange.