So this is where I currently am with my Romantika:
As you can see I have started on the cables for the skirt part. It's hard to tell in this photo but I am only cabling every other column, the same way I did for the Lavanda. Having cables on all of them feels a little too...twisty, for my tastes. Plus it's slightly quicker to knit lol.
One thing I did find out is that I have a longer than average torso! I'm fairly tall, 5ft 7-8ish, so I thought I would try it on for size when I got to the point where the skirt cables started. The pattern said that 4 inches from the underarm should be about 1.5 inches above my waist, which it wasn't. I ended up knitting another 1.5 inches before starting the cables and it looks much better now when I wear it. I guess this is one of the attractions of creating your own garments, you can make sure they fit you properly!
Now I mentioned I've decided what I want to knit on holiday. I wanted something fairly simple but not so mindless it's boring to knit. Perhaps some simple detailing. Maybe something for me... And then I saw this pattern mentioned on Crafts from the Cwtch, it's called Framlingham and it is just what I was looking for. It's by Joanne Scrace and looks absolutely perfect for some holiday knitting. The cable detailing is done without a cable needle which is always good and the whole thing is knitting in the round from the top down in dk yarn so it will grow reasonably quickly too. Fab!
Naturally I needed some yarn for this pattern and thanks for a 10% discount code via ravelry and Deramores I got a lovely squishy parcel in the post this morning. Anyone who knows me will not be at all surprised at the colour I've chosen...
Oh I do love purple! :-) The yarn is Wendy Merino in the Mulberry colourway (isn't that a lovely word..mulberry...mmm...!)
Unfortunately my order total was _just_ under the amount needed for free postage. What a shame right? Yeah you can guess where this is going, I also ordered 2 balls of James C Brett Twinkle which is an acrylic but rather soft and also purple!
I thought it would make a nice dress or cardigan for one of my girls! I'd better get knitting!