I blinked and now I have most of a sweater knitted...
I'm not at all sure how that happened!! Well, that's not entirely true. I have spent 4 days doing a training course over the last 2 weeks, and the trainer was entirely happy for me to knit. So I do know how I managed it! I just can't quite believe it.
I'm using New Lanark Aran in the delicious Cherry colourway. The yarn is perfection to knit with, and apparently only improves on blocking. I'm onto the fourth of the eight balls that I purchased so I must be around half-way through. This was the perfect project to be working on while training - loads of mindless stocking stitch, with the odd bit of shaping. Once it's finished this jumper will have the added bonus of all the knowledge from the training knitted into it. If I'm feeling low in energy for therapeutic parenting, I can pop my Pippin sweater on and feel refreshed and inspired again. Or at least that's my cunning plan...
So far, I'm finding the pattern just as pleasing to work from as I anticipated when I reviewed The Rhinebeck Sweater book around a month ago. Gudrun Johnston's designs have that blend of wearability and knitability that makes them very satisfying. I'm looking forward to the sleeves as I've not done a top-down sleeve for absolutely ages. Apparently it doesn't take a lot to get me excited about knitting at the moment, as I appear to be back in "I want to knit all the things land"!
For those who are interested in adoption-related things, the course I completed was Conscious Parenting, run by Richard Reddington. An excellent romp through the issues, challenges, and approaches needed to help our children navigate their lives.
I've been busy with other crafting bits and bobs, but everything seems to be two steps away from being finished. Hopefully the children's Christmas Stockings will get completed in the next fortnight or so... Keep your fingers crossed for me!
Edited to add: I've missed the window for replying to the comments on my blog post about A Leap Backwards (I automatically close comments after 2 weeks to cut down on spam). So many, many thanks if you left a comment. I soon bounce back again when I've been low about things, but I felt it was important to document that it's not all rosy all of the time. Life as an adoptive parent has challenges that go above and beyond the everyday: But the rewards go equally above and beyond as well.