WIP’s and a hectic schedule!

Things have been a bit hectic here lately and it doesn’t look set to calm down until the end of May. Between Saoirse’s stage school rehearsals and performances, music school rehearsals and impending performances, the business course I started I feel like I haven’t stopped since the middle of April. All this going on has led to a lot less creating than I’d like to be doing but I’ve a couple of big orders in so looking forward to getting stuck into them later today!

At the start of the year I vowed to give myself more knitting time, and more importantly, knitting for myself! As an incentive I promised myself that if I start using up some of my stash that has been sitting on the shelf forever, that I could replace it with some new scumptious yarn. (Yay! New yarn!) So here are some of the projects that I’ve made and am making so far this year.

Baby Cables and Big Ones Too

I picked up the pattern for this lovely jumper on Ravelry. It is by Suvi Simola and is a very well written pattern with clear and concise instructions and an option for a fitted or non fitted version. It’s knitted from the top down and is seamless. The real beauty of this jumper is it’s simplicity. It’s all garter and stockinette stitch and the cables are super easy to work. I opted for the fitted version and knitted in a now discontinued yarn that I had in my stash, Sublime Cashmere Merino Silk DK. It was a joy to knit and I love wearing it. I think I might be making myself another one at some point!

French Cancan

My next project of the year is another Ravelry find, this time by Mademoiselle C and is also knitted with a now discontinued yarn, Patons Trentino DK, which is an acrylic yarn with a small percentage of wool blended in. The pattern calls for a merino and silk blend yarn which gives it a much nicer drape as merino is known to ‘grow’, so the braid at the end adds more weight. That didn’t quite happen with mine as the Trentino is a much lighter yarn and of course being an acrylic, blocking didn’t stretch it out as much as it should have but it still works well as a shawlette! This is another surprisingly simple pattern, with the main part of the pattern worked in garter stitch, with a small lace edging causing it to grow. The lace and braid edging is then knitted on and, like any lace or cable pattern, once you work a couple of repeats, it becomes second nature. Again, I think I’ll be making another one of these but with a merino blend yarn so that I can get it to look more like the original design.

Socks

Next up is a pair of socks that are actually now off the needles but currently in the wash so I can’t get a picture of them! This pattern came from an old issue of Let’s Knit and is knitted in an Adi sock yarn that I had sitting here for an age. I still have a load of it so there will definitely be more socks on the way!

Tatted Lace Shawl

This particular project has taken the bones of a year to do. It is for my daughters communion which is on Saturday week. It is from a Japanese tatting book by Sumi Fujishige and is tatted in Lizbeth Size 20 thread. It’s easily the longest project I’ve ever made and I doubt I’ll ever make one again for fear of going insane but it will hopefully be a piece that will become a family heirloom. I can’t wait to see it on Saoirse on the day.

Sorbet Lace Shawl

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And last but not least is my current project which is another Let’s Knit pattern and is being knitted in Debbie Bliss Rialto Lace, a 2 play merino yarn which is fabulous to work with. There are 5 lace charts to work through, but like any lace project, once you work a couple of repeats you have it memorised. I’m currently hoping for the kind of summer that calls for a airy lace shawl, it’s not happening yet mind but still a couple of weeks before I’ll have this one cast off.

 

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