This isn’t really the last leaf of autumn, but I thought it was a worthy title for a portrait of one of the very last leaves on our Plum tree taken this morning as the light fog was lifting.
Now that winter is officially here, I’m very keen to get on with a winter weight cardigan before the days become truly brutal as they do in July. I’ve got plans, big plans that I’m getting very excited about. For the first time ever, I’m going to do a test knit!
I’ll be using this yarn. Cascade 220 in Mallard, a colour I’ve longed to use since the first time I saw some that wasn’t mine.
Now, I have a long history of knitting blue cardigans. For a while there it seemed to be all I could knit. I took a long break. I went for red, dark brown, pale green, anything to avoid the blues. But then there was a sale and RoseRed and DrK and I knew we couldn’t resist a Webs sale. Three of us, with shared postage, knew that indulgence was a must (remind me to pay you RoseRed!).
I fought the Mallard. I really did. Such indecision! Why is choosing yarn in a sale often so complex? Will this be the last yarn I’ll ever purchase? No. Is there an international crisis in the production of Cascade 220? No. Is there some colour out there I’m meant to choose and I’ll render my life meaningless if I don’t get it right?
Pfft. As if.
In the end, I went with the blues. The rich, glorious blues of cascade 220’s Mallard. A fitting choice for someone who loves duck as I do. This really is a perfect colour for ducks. Many years ago, I used to sit on the banks of the Molonglo River and watch the ducks skimming the water as they took flight. My favourite thing was to see the flash of blue under their dirty brown wings as their wings lifted. It’s this kind of blue – rich, shimmering, striking.
And I can’t wait to knit it.
What will I be knitting? Well the information is coming to me soon, from the designer, who put the call out for test knitters a little while ago. Hopefully I’ll be able to post about it soon and get started, just as soon as I finish my purple Coraline.