A very chilly day full of coughs and colds and a smidge of snow has turned into Seventh Heaven. I collected my copy of Rowan magazine 37 this afternoon, and started swatching for Lucy straight away. Guess what - I got gauge first time! Yippee! So she's now officially started. I would have taken a picture of the swatch, but I was too impatient to get started on her for real. The yarn is gorgeous - Rowan Cotton Tape in (now discontinued) shade "Enchant" - very soft, smooth, and easy to work with. The stitch pattern is easy to pick up, and on 8mm needles she's fairly steaming along. if I can put her down for long enough tomorrow, I'll get some pics to show here. I have a feeling tonight will be a late one.. ;-)
I also sorted out my huge stash of knitting needles; many of these were donated over the years by relatives etc, and included many odd ones and sets too small for the kind of projects I usually undertake. So I got them all out today (an impressive pile!) and my 2 young daughters thoroughly enjoyed helping me with the sorting and matching. The result - a needle bag that I can actually carry easily, a pile of odd and bent needles in the bin, and a pile of good sets to be passed on to those who will use them - probably via ebay. There's nothing like a good spring clean, even if there is snow falling at the same time!