Friday, September 23, 2011

My magnum opus

Magnum opus (plural: magna opera, also opus magnum / opera magna), from the Latin meaning "great work", refers to the largest, and perhaps the best, greatest, most popular, or most renowned achievement of a writer, artist or composer.

Sometimes the term magnum opus is used to refer to simply "a great work" rather than "the great work" of a specific person.

For over 30 years I have been knitting.  I can't remember when I started but I do know that by the time I was 9 I could read a pattern and was knitting clothes for my dolls - I particularly remember a pattern for a dolls sleeping bag that I knit in 4ply navy blue - complete with zip sewn in.

During this long career with needles and yarn I have avoided knitting a jumper - bags, socks, scarfs, shawls, gloves, hats, baby things.  I remember a couple of cardigans but no jumpers.

Dalesman and I have been together almost 20 years and he has received none of my knitting goodies.  When I offered he always suggested another more worthy recipient.  A couple of years ago there was a subtle change and I realised that the occasional comments about my knitting were hints that he would like a jumper!

It is worth saying at this point that we are both very, very fussy.  It took a further two years to find a pattern that we both liked - that he would wear and that I would knit.  Then it took several months to save up for the yarn..................

I cast on between Christmas and New Year 2010 - I have been knitting for 9 months and we are having a wonderful time together.  To put this in context I work full time, I have a second job that I do about 6 hours a week, I am a mother and a wife and I am a slow knitter.  Oh yes and it's a Gansey in 4ply navy blue!

This is the front and back knit in the round for 13 inches, then gussets added, then separated and 7 inches of the front.  I am about to begin shaping for the neckline and then on to the back and the arms.

I may not finish by Christmas 2011.................a magnum opus should not be rushed.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Lovely Things

The last few weeks some wonderful things have been happening.

Firstly a beautiful basket was gifted to me from the kind people at   I have three of their baskets now and I love every one of them.  There is the basket that is at my side during antenatal classes and births.  There is the basket that comes out and about with me that looks after my knitting, fruit, diary, book, more knitting, hair slides etc.  These are now joined by the basket for odds and ends, knitting odds and ends of course.

Dalesboy started in the sixth form........

We made jam.........

I knitted hexipuffs with a friend......

These are a few of my favourite things from the last few weeks.  It helps I find to focus on the positive.