Monday, June 05, 2006

Ethical dilemma...

Mary 3 Me 1
I was raised in a Catholic household. My parents had strong beliefs about good and bad. Usually, when something bad happened, or when something prevented one from completing a task my parents would say that Satan was busy that day. Was he busy then, when I received a distress call last Friday from a friend asking for my help? Help that would distract me from my determination to finish Mary. What would you do? Would you knit the smock coat for her child for a wedding in a week's time or would you stick to your guns and finish Mary? And of course being busy, it had to be half term week when number one son had two party invites and friends staying over for the week, when is one supposed to knit? If I say I haven't slept for the last 2 nights you will understand. The completed smock coat was collected early this morning (Sunday) for the wedding, just in the nick of time. I think I abandoned Mary for a worthy cause, so feel only a little tinge of guilt for having ignored her this past week. That fact that any distraction may have led me away is neither here or there!! More soon on the progress of Mary.... I promise.

The pattern comes from a Patons booklet (PBN P 369). Yarn used- Debbie Bliss merino DK. I looked wonderful in my dust mask - can't knit with pure wool unless its Jaeger extra fine merino. I can't honestly say I enjoyed knitting this - due to the tight deadline and the wrap around smock pattern, although lovely it is fiddley. The smock detail was even on the sleeve. At some point during last night I was tempted to knit plain sleeves, but the masochist in me just couldn't leave it.

On the garden front, my experimentation with poppies is coming into fruition.

More pictures to follow.


Poshyarns said...

The smock coat is gorgeous, what size have you made? Such a tight deadline and with half term in the way too, you deserve some really indulgent pleasure knitting now, maybe Mary should wait a little longer....(at least that would make me feel less guilty about my own dust gathering, half knit denim project).

Those poppies are going to fabulous. I have been enviously poppy spotting on my drive to town today, my garden is without poppies, I will have to make sure I remedy that next year.

alltangledup said...

it's beautiful..looks like a debbie bliss design to me. well done for finishing it!

Anonymous said...

Can't believe you cranked out an entire garment just like that.
Soon you can start on dish clothes in pure cotton.
Glad the sun has come out in London.

Midsummer night's knitter said...

It was ve ry kind of you to make that - I'm afraid I would have pointed her in the direction of the nearest department store!