Last week my little sister visited me from Finland. One of my secret knitting projects of recent weeks was this 3S scarf which I knitted for her birthday. She really liked it, which of course made me very happy. And the teal colour suited her perfectly.
The scarf was originally going to be an Ishbel, the pattern that topped the popularity charts in Ravelry some time ago. It’s a pattern that hundreds, if not thousands of people have managed to knit, but not me. I just kept making mistakes and constantly had to unravel my work. Most of the time I’m just too absent minded to knit lace. With hindsight it wasn’t a good idea to try to change the size, so it’s quite possible my maths just wasn’t right when I started the lace bit. The pattern gives you two sizes, with not much help for trying to knit it in a different size. I just kept having extra stitches I didn’t know what to do with.
Well whatever the reason, I just wasn’t getting anywhere. My sister’s birthday was back in February and still she hadn’t received her present. So I decided to find an easier pattern, and 3S seemed perfect because it’s super-easy and can be knit in any size you want. Knitting was fun again rather than a frustrating chore.
Although last month was the wettest June for 100 years, during her visit the sun shone pretty much all the time. We ended up spending three days sitting in the garden, just knitting, with a cup of coffee in the mornings and a glass of wine in the afternoon. I did ask her to tell me if she actually wanted to do something, but she had been bitten by the knitting bug (it does happen in my house…) and seemed perfectly content just to sit, enjoy the sun and knit. And very pleasant it was indeed.