It would appear that doing a full-time course has eaten into my knitting time quite a bit, as is to be expected. In a Facebook conversation recently, the lovely Emer from Poppy & Ivy Studios said I was a living the dual life of a “financial wizard by day and crafty queen by night”. I don’t know about the financial wizard just yet, but I’ll totally take the title of crafty queen. Despite my new alter ego, I’ve managed to finish of a couple of things since the last WIP around. I’m trying to be a bit more of a monogamous knitter however because if I leave myself cast on 5 or 6 projects, I’ll never get them done!
FO Photos as Promised!
Last months WIP around was a bit slap dash and I didn’t have any decent FO photos but even though I was poorly with the Aimee-flu all weekend, I dragged myself and my little photographer out last weekend and got a few snaps for you.
This was on the blocking mats last month but it is now finished and ready. It’s my only Christmas knit so far so I really need to get my act together and get some more gift knitting cast on! I heard rumour that the receiver of this scarf will be home during December so I’ll have to get a scarf twins photo! You can read more about this scarf in this blog post.
I cast off and blocked my Prairie Fire in my recycled yarn as well. I’m kind of wishing that I had done a smaller size as I’d like it to be a bit more fitted and I worry about whether the cotton will make it stretch as I wear it but I’ll have to wait for warmer weather to find that out! I talked about this knit a good bit in the September WIP around so pop over there if you want to find out more about it!
Another FO for you, this is my first hat that I’m knitting as part of The Peeko Crafters charity knit nights in aid of Helping Hand. Although it took me a couple of weeks to finish, it is a super quick and easy knit and one I will definitely be re-knitting this again! It is I from Tin Can Knits Simple Collection which is free and includes a bucket load of tutorials.
Top Secret Knitting
I have made vague references to this project before and it will be remaining vague for another little while! It’s starting to come together now though and it will be revealed before the year is out! Until then though I will be remaining vague and mysterious.
I’m still tottering along with the Knit Pro Designer Along. Out of the 4 squares I’ve knit so far, only 2 of them are the same size which is a bit disappointing. However, they are fun to knit. The Arne and Carlos square is by far my favourite so far, who doesn’t love reindeer?
I’ve had my Countess Ablaze Golden Skein sitting as the centrepiece of my yarn display for a few weeks, looking at me and telling me “you have to make me into a shawl right now!”
Resistance was futile. So I took to Ravelry in search of the perfect pattern. It was a bit of a frenzied search as the yarn is such a work of art to begin with, I didn’t want to get it wrong. Something with a lot of stockinette or garter stitch was a must but, as you’ve probably noticed, I like a bit of flair in my shawls. Ir probably took way too much time and second guessing, but eventually Henslowe, by Beth Kling emerged. Described by the designers as “curvy, with a bit of lace and theatrical air” which “strike[s] a balance between practicality and style, traditional and modern”. It was the perfect fit for my Neon Future skein of yarn and it’s need for simplicity to show it off, but also my need for something with a bit of flair.
The garter section of the shawl it knit from the bottom centre up, increasing at the edges. It is then cast off and you pick up stitches around the edge before beginning the lace section. The picot edging is then knitted on.
The pattern is very well written and easy to understand. The main garter stitch section makes it a very therapeutic knit. The lace section started just in time for though as too much garter stitch gets bit tedious for me. The lace pattern itself is easy to memorise and work and the knitted on picot edging sounds a lot more daunting than it actually it. I would recommend this pattern for someone who is looking to knit their first lace shawl, and isn’t initmidated by the challenge of learning how to pick up stitches and knit on an edging, both of which are easy to learn and work.
My Henslowe is currently waiting to be blocked, I’m hoping to tackle that this weekend!
I’ve been swatching this week for the Woolly Wormhead annual MKAL. I’m ashamed to say that I’ve only ever knit one Woolly hat so far but I intend to rectify that immediately! This years MKAL comes in 3 versions – a beret, a slouchy and a beanie. You can choose 1 or go mad altogether and go for all 3! I’m going to start with the beanie, in some Ice Yarns Merino Light, and depending on how the design is turning out, I might cast on a slouchy in the undyed alpaca yarn that I have from my Zwartbles Ireland farm visit. I don’t have a whole load of DK in stash so I’m limited in my choices! Saoirse has requested a hat to match her Christmas outfit (my mother has outdone herself this year with the early Christmas shopping!). A little beret would look lovely with it so I might make a purchase to make the beret version of the hat!
I’ve been putting this on the long finger for a while now, for no particular reason but I’ve been getting stuck into a matching hat and mitts design this week. I can’t say much more about it for now though (more secrets!).
My yarn display got a lovely reaction last time so I figured I’ll show you what it looks like at the moment! With the Countess Ablaze gone, I had to move things around a bit. Partially for aesthetic reasons, and partially because it would appear that when there’s a gap, Little Cat thinks it’s a cat bed. You heard me. A box full of my favourite skeins of delicious hand dyed yarns being used as a cat bed. So this is the new anti-cat layout!