It's been a bumpy transition week, and my husband will be away this upcoming week, so I don't anticipate next week going any smoother for any of us. When I feel all agitated and I don't know what to do, the best choice is simply to knit something.
This is my progress so far on Girl's Best Cardigan, found via Bells, who recently posted about the one she knit for her niece. I showed my daughter this pattern and Olearia, by the same designer, and she heartily approved the Girl's Best. When I saw it calls for DK weight, I dug up the Bendigo Luxury 8 ply I have in brick, and my daughter approved that, too.
Interesting story about this yarn--it came to me April before last thanks to my husband, who had a work conference in Melbourne (I know) and Bells, who lives in Canberra. I ordered several Bendigo yarns and had them shipped to Bells, who, with her brother-in-law's help, forwarded them to my husband's hotel room, and then he ferried them home, thus saving the international shipping. I'd chosen the Brick Luxury with Little Liza Jane in mind, but when my daughter showed very little interest in another jumper-type dress I'd knit her, I decided not to make it. (She prefers skirts, so I've sewn her three of those so far instead.)
So it seems just right that this very Australian yarn, acquired with the help of an Australian blogging friend, is being knit up into a sweater found through that same friend, designed by yet another Australian. I'm working down the body now, back and forth with just the lace panel and some increases every bit, not too straining for a busy mind stuck in a turbulent mode. Because really, sometimes, there's just nothing else to do for it but knit.