My Pebble Beach Shawl and more

Hi there,

Lately I’ve been mostly working on my shawls. I’m almost done with the Pebble Beach Shawl by Helen Stewart of Curious Handmade. Her pattern for this shawl is in an original format, a bit like an excel sheet where you have the pattern written out in rows and each row is numbered from 1 and up and every so many rows you see the percentage of completion of the project. I find that quite fun for this project. Of course seeing the size I can imagine that I’m close to finishing but seeing the actual percentage of what I’ve done so far is a great new feature to a knitting pattern I think.

Here I was approximately at 70% done

www.knittinginfrance.com My yarn was gradient dyed in grey so you have light grey, darker grey and then really dark and to finish a bright fluo pink.

Unfortunately I did not have enough pink to finish my shawl so at 80% done I had to add a third color. So I had 60% grey, 20% pink and then I needed to find a new color for the last 20%. I had the same yarn but dyed in 2 different colors and I really was not quite sure which one was the right one so I went to my followers and friends on Instagram and Facebook and asked them to help me choose

www.knittinginfrance.com Their answers were almost unanimous: LIGHT GREY! So I listened and quickly wound the grey yarn into a ball and continued and I think that was the right choice. I’ve knit a few rows of the new light grey yarn now and I think its looking rather nice even though I was not originally planning on using this new color but hey, things happen:-)

www.knittinginfrance.com What do you think? Do you think these colors will work? I sure do! I’m at 85% now so hopefully I’ll finish in 2-3 days. At this stage in the pattern, the rows are super long so the last few rows take forever to finish.

I’m also working on my Beetlebum shawl by Renée Callahan of East London Knits. I haven’t been sufficiently consistent working on this so it is going slowly but surely never the less. I really love how the pattern works up, I like the wings on each side and  I feel this gives the shawl an original look. I’m super happy also with the yarn I chose. Its my hand dyed lace yarn, 50% xtra fine merino, 50% suri alpaca. It’s super soft and squishy. I’m really looking forward to finishing this and I can see myself wearing my Beetlebum shawl this summer in the evening.

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And just before I say goodby for today, I couldn’t resist all my new Lornas Laces Shepherd Sock yarns so I ended up casting on for a pair of socks. I’m doing a 2 in 1 socks using the Lornas Laces in Rainbow colorway. So far it’s looking very good. I really love all the bright colors and how they are divided up on the skein and hand painted. The  socks will either be for me or for my daughter. We’ll see later on.

www.knittinginfrance.com Here you see the socks and I have “opened them up” so you can see both socks. Looking good don’t you think?

Well, that’s all for now. Take care and enjoy your summer and hopefully you have some quality time to enjoy your crafting every day:)

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Works in progress

Hi there, If you follow my blog you know that this week has been a super happy mail week and that I recently received my order of gradient yarns from Knitcircus Yarns. I of course got super excited and despite my good intentions of actually finishing some of my works in progress BEFORE casting on for yet another project I was unable to resist. I chose to use the Sand Castle Yarn and do the Come What May Shawl by Susan B Anderson

huge yarn cake from Knitcircus - www.knittinginfrance.com  Come What may shawl by Susan B Anderson - www.knittinginfrance.com   And here is my progress so far

the come what may shawl - www.knittinginfrance.com

My progress so far on the Come What May shawl by Susan B Anderson

Looks pretty good so far I think. And the pattern is a joy to knit, simple but not too simple and as it’s knit on size 4 mm/US6 needles it progresses super quick I feel and that is always a good perk.

I’ve not forgotten about my baby blanket although it’s been on the back burner these past 2 days, but I really love how the pattern works out, I love the colour which I hope the parents will also like and feel is unisex. I just hope I dyed enough yarn….As I never write anything down but dye “to feeling” (if that is a thing). What do you think? I do need to be careful to count my stitches because sometimes I stop and realize that I’ve crossed the stitches at the wrong place and I need to unravel a few stitches down a few rows. But so far so good, now I just need to be serious and continue so it will be finished in time for my little niece or nephew.

progress on my baby blanket - www.knittinginfrance.Com

My baby blanket so far

I’ve also been doing some work for the I Knit Fandango show which is coming up in just a few days!!! Can you believe that!! I’m so excited and I look forward to perhaps meet some of you and to share with you here the pictures of my booth and so forth. So i’ve been doing stitch markers and fibre crafts themed earrings. Do you like these?

Fibre craft inspired earrings for next weeks show - www.knittinginfrance.com

Some fibre craft inspired earrings for the I Knit Fandango show in London next week

Well thats all for today, take care and enjoy your day:)

I think I may have a problem…with online shopping…..too much…..or….

Hi there, yesterday was a happy mail day but today is an even HAPPIER mail day! I’m so happy and excited about what the mailman brought today that I started getting a bad conscience! Could it be that I spend too much time and money shopping online? After all I do have my very OWN online knitting shop with quite an extensive stock at home. So why do I still need to buy from others???? Good question! I think the answer to that question is: You can NEVER have too much yarn! (or related tools, fibre, books, accessories…. you get the picture!)

So now its show off time! And maybe one of you will get inspired to do a little shopping online as well (hi hi…this is the shopping fairy thats speaking here)

First of, like I told you yesterday I recently enrolled in a spindling class on Craftsy and after watching a few classes I went online and bought some supported spindles. I bought 2 tibetan and 2 russian style spindles. One of each from 2 different shops. So I got one set delivered yesterday along with a lap bowl www.knittinginfrance.com

And today I got the other two! The first set is sort of classic elegance I feel and this second set is more fun and full of colour. This second set comes from the USA, a shop called Woodturnerva and his work is gorgeous and the spindles are BEAUTIFUL!

supported spindles from Woodturnerva on Etsy - www.knittinginfrance.com

Supported spindles from Woodturnerva on Etsy

The Russian spindle is the multi colored one and the Tibetan spindle is the pink and black. Beautiful work don’t you think? Now I just need to find some serious alone time to work on my skills as I plan to take my spindles with me on holiday this summer. Do you spindle? If so any and all tips and tricks are more than welcome 🙂

So this was the first happy package of the day. Now on to the second! So a few days ago I was browsing Facebook and came across a post from Jaala Spiro of Knitcircus. She was having a SALE the next day. I did think: hm, better NOT check that out tomorrow as I really don’t need any more yarn and plus I have this huge to knit list and promised myself I’d get it done before casting on for any more socks etc. But hey, who can stay serious and strong in front of a Knitcircus sale? Unfortunately, or not, I’m not one of those folks. So came the big day and off I went browsing! At the end of my daydreaming, shopping session I found myself with 3 items in my cart! And now they have arrived!

huge yarn cake from Knitcircus - www.knittinginfrance.com

Sand Castle gradient yarn by Knitcircus

Knitcircus gradient yarn - www.knittinginfrance.com

Eat, Pray, Knit and Watermelon gradient yarns from Knitcircus

So do you like?????? The first picture of the big brown and blue yarn cake is 150gr  so lots of yardage there ( 600yds), the colourway is Sand Castle. I’m thinking this one needs to be a shawl. The other two are  regular size 100gr cakes with 400yds. The one on the left is Eat, Pray, Knit and the one on the right is Watermelon. I love watermelon socks so I might knit this yarn first. I’m thinking for the Watermelon, a simple pattern to let the colours really be the centerpiece of the socks. However, as this is just one regular size yarn cake, I wont be able to knit them 2 in 1 or if I do, one sock will be mostly green and the other mostly red but then I guess, even if I knit them one at a time that’s how they will be anyway. Do you think maybe I should use this for something other than socks? To let the gradient dyeing show? I hadn’t thought of this. In her yarn club I receive 2 yarn cakes and that is why I’m able to do 2 identical gradient socks. Hm, guess I need to think this a little bit.

But for the shawl thing, do you have any suggestions?  Maybe the Come What May shawl by Susan B Anderson that she designed specifically for Knitcircus gradient yarn. Here’s a picture of that

Come What may shawl by Susan B Anderson - www.knittinginfrance.com

Come What May shawl by Susan B Anderson especially designed for Knitcircus gradient yarns

They say that 430 yards are needed which means that the smaller cakes are out of the picture and if I use the large one, I will have some left overs for a small pair of socks maybe unless I’m able to make the shawl bigger. This could be an idea I think. You can buy a kit from Knitcircus (pattern+yarn+beads/or no beads) or the pattern alone on Ravelry.

Now on to the last happy mail day item! This is a magazine that is published for people in the yarn industry and it is super interesting as i can read interviews with interesting people, get information about the industry, get inspiration and so for so definitely a good read for me.

my favorite magazine - www.knittinginfrance.com I love this issue’s front picture.

Well that’s about all for today. I’m off to work on my guest post for Sarah Inskeeps blog and to browse Ravelry for inspiration for my new yarn. Youpi:)

Until next time, take care