I have,however, seen the error of my ways. By making the socks my commuting project for the last few days I have surprised myself with the progress that I have made so much that in a fit of enthusiasm I hereby dedicate myself to the late pursuit of the green jersey and am planning a sprint finish. I am determined to get these blighters done before the end of the Tour. So, I have pumped up my tyres, shaved my legs and polished my needles. I may have left it too late to make my break but I've been slip streaming for days and will give it my best shot!
Thanks to everyone who commented on my last post. The book I am working from is called Poetry in Stitches by Solveig Hisdal. She takes traditional Norwegian costume and textiles as a stepping off point and creates knitting patterns which put a modern twist on the designs.It really is a beautiful book which I have had for some years waiting to pluck up the courage to try knitting from it. I am absolutely delighted that there are a couple of people who have made the same jumper (particularly Woollywarbler whose version looks absolutely stunning by the way.) and lived to tell the tale. I may be looking to you for moral support in the not too distant future.
Another book which uses this approach is Norsk Strikkedesign which is a collection from a range of Norway's leading knitwear designers all giving their interpretation of Norway's significant knitting tradition. It is equally gorgeous.
I also brought back a couple of Rauma patterns which are much more traditional in their approach but show quite nicely the influences used by the designers in the book and are themselves, beautiful and wearable garments. The patterns are in Norwegian but come with a helpful leaflet translating the knitting vocabulary. The language of knitting is, of course, universal.
And well spotted IrisG , the lilac yarn is Garnstudio - you really are a yarn connoisseur!