Lusekoften is finished. Just right on time on Monday Dec 30th last year.
Gosh, and another year. Annoyed by all the fireworks in the neighbourhood and being a lark at all days and nights of the year, I try to ignore it. But the date creeps in nevertheless. I never saw any significance in the turn of the year. In the long run, it doesn't make any differences.
This New Moon was extremely dark (I usually don't use a torch in the mordnings when I'm out with the dogs but the last mornings were extraordinary dark) and we still have rather warm weather for January. Though several media assured us that our notion of a White Christmas is only a recent invention. Up until 1836 there werde no Christmas postcards in Western Middle Europe with snow on them. European Santas (called Nikolaus and Christkind) climbed over snowless roofs and beautiful, autum like forests twinkled only illuminated by the stars with no snow refelctions. Only in the mid 19th century images of Vermont's snow filled forests arose and with them the image of a White Christmas. Supported by Hohoho chubby red Santas in reindeer driven sleighs and by some rather cold decembers between 1939 and 1970, we got the idea imprinted in our collective memory. Though I can recall that Christmas was more often than not a rather dullish, greenish, brown, rainy thing. And I'm not that old.
Anyway, it was what seems to be a typical Western Middle European Christmas, with rain and some sunshine and between 4 and 10 (or even more) degrees. And at least this week is about to stay this way. I don't complain, it will get colder soon enough. Though I wouldn't mind living in Norway in the cold and snow and the dark. But that's just me.
Which is why it doesn't really matter that my sweater is not exatcly finished yet. As the saying goes in weaving: It's not finished until it's wet finished. I haven't washed it yet. But it is finished enough to show you a nice picture.
Those bumps in the weld are from the needles that keep it straight. As long as the sweater's not washed, the weld will stick up and it looks ridiculous ;o)
As I wrote before, it is totally local and I love it.
And since it used not even 450g of yarn and I still have loads left, there is another one in the making already. Though I will have to cast on again today. I cast on yesterday already but there are way too many stitches. I'm of a good stocky build like all of my rustic ancestors but I'm not that round. Ease is all very well but le sac is not exactly my style. Next one's going to be more Fana style. I am a sucker for checkerboard patterns. I get my inspiration from one of the best sweater books there is: Priscilla Gibson Roberts' Knitting in the Old Way.
I wish you all a good new year. Be it as good as you wish. And full of wool and yarn and cloth and ideas that keep you warm and happy.