I finished the Everest Cowl today. It's too big. The yarn and the pattern are both very pretty, but it's too big. It works as a snood, but it's very loose as a cowl, and it doesn't work at all as an ear-warmer. I'm feeling more sad than cross. It's not the pattern's fault; I was worrying so much that it might be too small that the opposite didn't cross my mind. And no, I didn't swatch. I don't swatch lace, but then I don't usually make lace that has to fit. Sigh.
I was too dispirited to take photographs by daylight today so these are a bit murky.
I'm very tempted to find some very warm, thick wool and knit something more obviously intended for extreme weather. I'll sleep on it.
Pattern, Vent d'est, vent d'ouest Yarn, Hedgehog Fibres' Pure Cashmere Lace in Hurricane. The colourway is still compelling and I have been having fantasies of buying a sweaterfull. At the moment I don't feel I deserve it, bit I suppose eventually I'll realize that I can't afford it, which is more to the point.
I haven't been knitting anything else because I was so anxious to finish this, and I haven't even been thinking about what I would knit next. I'm feeling a bit better this week, so I'll probably feel more inspired soon.
I haven't seen Goya's Ghosts, Janet. I've added it to my LoveFilm list now, but they can be dreadfully slow and I shall probably have forgotten why I ordered it by the time it arrives. That happens quite a lot.
I'm going to see Alice in Wonderland on Wednesday.
I usually like Tim Burton's films and it's got Johnny in it, and it's in 3D, so I'm allowing myself the luxury of looking forward to it. Some of the reviews say it's too much Disney and not enough Burton; we'll see. But now I have to go and put on my Alice in Wonderland nail polish.
I'm going with the sparkly blue one. But you guessed that, didn't you?
* With acknowledgements to Knit Forwards, Understand Backwards, who invented this necessary phrase