Works in progress and new acquisitions

Hi there, I hope you are doing good and enjoying the last few days before Christmas. I have a few more days of work and then I’ll have a little holiday and I’m really looking forward to that. I can’t wait to relax and spend time with my family and enjoy some quality knitting time without having to think of work!

I’m currently working on a gazillion projects so I’m not making much progress on each as I’m just knitting a bit on each before going on to the next. I did however want to show you the progress I’m making on the horse mittens that I’m making and that I HAVE TO FINISH BEFORE CHRISTMAS! I’m at last working on this again. Once I had the first mitt done, I put this aside, too much colorwork I think. But now I really have to do as much as I can each day or this will never be finished in time for Christmas and this is a Christmas gift after all so!!!

horse mittens 22dec

I really love how these look and I hope they will fit the recipient in the end. So I’m about halfway through the second mitten but then I need to do both thumbs and finish. This much colorwork is quite time consuming but the result is nice.

Last night I also did some stitch markers for the shop . I have been neglecting the shop and not been adding any new items for a while so I really need to give myself a kick in the rear end and start doing things again! These beaded markers are large sizes and will bit needles up to size 18 mm – I have 3 sizes there: 10 mm/ 14 mm/ 18 mm

large stitch markers

I really enjoy making stitch markers and I especially love making these as I make the jump ring myself and then glue the bead. Also I think they look super nice 🙂

Now on to new acquisitions. So last week I got an amazing package from US dyer Miss Babs. This is the first time I buy from Miss Babs but I have heard of her yarns for a long time and never had the chance to actually buy one of her yarns. And I think I may have gone a little overboard here because I bought 1 skein + a shawl kit.

First I bought a Yowza skein – you may have heard of Yowza but that is a 4 ply light worsted yarn sold in a huge 8 oz skein and designer Susan B Anderson has written 3 or 4 Yowza Weigh It Shawls for this yarn. So I decided to buy one skein and one of Susan’s patterns. This is the colorway I chose:

miss babs yowza

It is called Sipriz – and I love it. It’s white, blue and brown. And the pattern I chose is the original Yowza Weigh it Shawl by Susan B Anderson.

The pattern is super simple, one row repeat, no counting of stitches, just knit on and weigh your yarn in 2 places. So as I was away from home this weekend, I decided this would be the perfect “car knitting” project and so I cast on. I didn’t end up doing much knitting as we were driving in the afternoon/night so the sun soon went down and it was too dark for me to knit but this is where I’m at now and you can see how the yarn knits up.

miss babs yowza shawl 22dec

Nice don’t you think?

And I also got a shawl kit from Miss Babs and that was a real splurge!

miss babs simee dimeh kit

As you can see from the picture the pattern is called Simee Dimeh shawl by Romi Hill. The kit comes with the pattern and 7 mini skeins and the color combo I chose is the “Polydactyl”. That is the color combination shown on the pattern pictures here. I find this pattern super interesting, especially the patterning on the lower edge. I haven’t read the pattern yet but when I look at the pictures I feel it looks almost like cross stitch. This might be  a little too intricate for travel knitting although I’m not sure. I’m going to think about that a bit more before I decide whether or not I take that with me on holiday.

A while back I also got another shawl kit, this time from Laura Nelkin Designs. That is also a gorgeous design, an openwork/lace design with lots of beads and a silk/linen yarn from Anzula fibres. Here’s a picture of the kit

The Crucero Shawl Kit by Laura Nelkin

The pattern is called Crucero Shawl by Laura Nelkin.

That’s about it for now I think. Just a couple of announcements before I go:

First the 2016 Knitting in France Birthday Game – I have everyone’s but one questionnaires back so I’m just waiting on this one to come through and I’ll be able to send an email to all the participants with the info needed to enjoy the game. Hopefully I’ll have that before the end of the week.

Also for 2016, I have some fun stuff for you. There will be 2 giveaways next January that you do not want to miss so I hope you will continue to follow my blog in the new year.

That’s all for today. Take care and enjoy your crafting:)

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