A new week with an FO and a second drawing for the giveaway

Hi there, I hope you are doing fine. I’ve been busy lately and so I haven’t had the time to post as much as I would have liked to but I’m sure you know what that feels like. Having a gazillion things to do and not enough time!

Enough complaining! I have an FO to share with you and some progress on my wips.

First the FO. I used one of my hand dyed SPARKLES base yarns and made up the pattern as I went along. I basically did a p3,ktbl and it produced a nice end result. I also like how it continues all the way to the end of the sock, I think it looks nice this way than if I had stopped the patterning and done a simple stockinette stitch toe.

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These will either be for my daughter or an aunt.

It seems I’m unable to “live” without having socks on my needles so a couple of days after finishing these and in spite of the wips I’m supposed to finish, I cast on for a new pair. This time I used one of my hand spun yarns and I really like how the yarn is knitting up. This was a multicolored roving and once spun up I Navajo plyed ti to get clear color stripes. I’m knitting these on a 2.5 mm needle and doing a K4,p1 ribbing.

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I love seeing the stripes form and just knowing that I made this yarn with my own two hands is so inspiring. I look forward to seeing these done.

When I cast these on, I didn’t have any other socks going but I did know that would change soon. And it has. Yesterday I got the March sock pattern for the #KnitFromStash2016 Kal that I’m doing with the Addicted to Knit Socks on FB and Heatherly Walker the designer. So last night I cast on for those. I chose a solid color yarn from West Yorkshire Spinners, Signature 4ply. There is no colorway name on the ball band but I feel it looks like a Kingfisher blue. The pattern is totally gorgeous and I’m already half done with the leg on sock nr 1.

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This is basically just a knit and purl pattern but it looks so nice and the finished socks will be gorgeous. This pair will probably be for my daughter but I’m almost certain I’ll cast on for a second pair for myself as soon as this one is done.

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On the above picture you can see a picture of the finished sock design. The pattern is called Calathea by Heatherly Walker and is for sale on Ravelry.

Also, I told you I was joining a kal called Sock Madness for the first time. This is a sort of sock knitting contest that is supposed to start today March 1st so I’m super excited for that to start and I have prepared everything. Here’s a picture of the yarns I chose for this challenge. Sometimes you have 2 or 3 yarns together and that is when a pattern calls for multiple colors.

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I posted this picture on social media to show my choice of yarns and some people thought I had tried to spell something out with my yarns and spent a long time trying to decipher my message! I thought that was a little funny because I just positioned the yarns randomly on my bed and didn’t even realise that someone might think I was writing something with them:)

So as you can see there will be lots of sock knitting for me in the coming weeks.

As for my wips, well I’m almost done with the Love of Spiders shawl. I’ve finished the patterned portion and I’m on the border. I need to do 8 more rows (of 500+ stitches) and then cast off! So I should finally be able to finished that this week and be able to share it with you next week. I’ve also made progress on the sweater I’m doing for my daughter. I’ve done front and back as well as one sleeve and plan on casting on for the second sleeve today so hopefully I will be able to finish that too by the end of this week. That would be great because then I just have 1 shawl to bind off, a second shawl to knit – I’ve only done a few pattern repeats so basically I have the whole shawl to do and then my cardigan.

I did a little dyeing last week on my bronze SPARKLES base. Even if I say so myself I do really love the outcome and can see myself keeping a skein of each but I know that would not be reasonable so we’ll see.

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I still need to put these up in the shop but hopefully I’ll get to that soon.  I really like the Bronze sparkles – most dyers only use silver or gold sparkles and I think bronze  works really well with certain colors. The orange/bronze color is intriguing on black and compliments green and brown for example. I even found names for these yarns without any effort which is not common for me. I usually have a hard time finding names for my yarns. So these will be called: Forest, Moss, Midnight , Mauve

 

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I also dyed up a new yarn base and knit a small swatch. This Aran weight yarn is 80% super wash merino, 10% cashmere and 10% nylon. This is a true dream to knit with. It is super soft to the touch and the stitch definition is good and it takes dye beautifully. A while back I won a sweater pattern in a giveaway on Instagram and I’m thinking I’m going to use this yarn base for that. I just need to find the right color and then dye up a sweaters quantity. The pattern I won is called Kitsune by Amanita.

Wow this is turning out to be quite a long post – as usual. I don’t have the time to post as often as I’d like to and so when I do I usually have long posts. I hope you do not mind too much:)

But before I leave you today, I want to make a second draw for the BurningImpressionsII giveaway that I did last month. Only one of the two winners claimed her prize so I’m thinking that either the other one is not interested in her prize or ….. So I’m doing a second draw from the participants using a random number generator as before. The prize in question is the sock tool – needle gauge, wpi, kitchener stitch memo hand made by Burning Impressions II on Etsy.

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And the winner is……C.C. Almond!! Congratulations C.C. Please send me an email (I think you already have my contact details) and I’ll be sending you your prize asap.

That’s all for now. I hope you have a wonderful week and that you will get lots of time to enjoy your knitting, spinning and just general crafting. Take care and see you soon:)

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Not much happening these days

Hi there, how are you doing today? I’m feeling a little unmotivated these days. Like I don’t have the energy to continue and yet I have baskets full of recently dyed yarn that I should be putting up in the shop. I also have loads of stitch markers just waiting to be matched up and packaged. Strange how one sometimes just looses one’s “mojo” and even if you (or should I say “I”) just find yourself procrastinating – looking at all the different things that need to be done and yet be unable to actually DO something!

GRR that is sooooo annoying! But this is how I’m feeling these days and yet I have a head full of ideas for the shop! Cross my fingers and toes and hope I’ll get myself out of this state of “inactivity” ASAP.

Enough about me and my lack of energy! I have actually done some knitting:

I finished my Yowza Weight It shawl by Susan B Anderson. I used my Yowza yarn from Miss Babs. The yarn was very enjoyable to knit; it is soft to the touch and I really love the colours. As for the pattern, it is a super easy pattern – a very relaxing knit. I admit that it was so relaxing that I actually made a mistake! And that is an achievement in itself seeing as how this pattern is ultra simple. One is supposed to knit until you have 85 gr left and then you begin a sort of frill and then knit on until only 26 gr are left. Well I actually knit right on and when I went ahead to weigh my yarn I only had 25 gr left! Oups! I didn’t feel like ripping back so I decided to knit a few more rows and then I cast of using an icord. And I’m very happy with the results, I’m actually wearing the shawl as I’m writing this.

 

This is a crescent shaped shawl  and super soft and warm.

Today in the mail I received a new book which I think will be most interesting. It’s called Exploring Shawl Shapes – 27 mini shawls to knit by Elizabeth Lovick.

If you are not familiar with this book it is like a compendium on shawl knitting. It explores different shapes and traditions in shawl knitting and for each one there is a miniature version for one to knit. Knitting mini shawls I think will be both fun and enlightening and might even inspire me to make up a shawl pattern of my own. I’m going to read this book carefully and knit a few samples. I keep thinking that knitting a mini shawl in lace weight yarn will be soooo cute!

On another subject, I just joined my friend Renée Callahan’s newsletter. Renée is the designer behind East London Knits. I first met Renée at the Unwind Brighton show and then again in 2014 at the I Knit Fandango in London and I’m a fan of her designs. She just launched a newsletter in relation with her blog and design work and at the moment she is offering subscribers to her newsletter a free pattern. This pattern is a two coloured brioche scarf called Brioche Twister.

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Gorgeous don’t you think ? (both Renée and her scarf). So I of course needed to dye up some yarn to knit this and I really like how her scarf looks so I was inspired by her colour choice.  And so I dyed up some of my Cash’Merino DK; one in dark grey and another one in red and I think these will be just perfect.

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Here the yarns are in the dye pot but still you can see the colours together. So I look forward to knitting this soon.

I also started on my February #Knitfromstash2016. This is a year long sock kal with designer Heatherly Walker. This month she has treated us to 2 sock patterns and I’m going to knit both. The one I cast on first will be for a cousin of mine and the second will be for his mother, my aunt.

I have finished the first sock for my cousin and I think I’ll finish his pair before casting on for her pair. Even if he has big feet the sock went quite quickly so that is good. The patterning is easily memorisable. I had chosen a lovely self patterning variegated yarn I bought in Iceland. It is a black and grey yarn but as soon as  I cast on, I saw that the yarn was not suitable because it was too fuzzy, too hairy. So I changed and cast on using Opal 4ply sock yarn in a dark blue colour.

I’m also continuing knitting on my 2 other pairs of MKal socks and the MKal mittens although that one has now published all 5 clues and after seeing the final design I admit that I’m no crazy about the design so I’m actually pondering wether or not I will finish the mittens or just stop where I’m now.

I’m also knitting on 2 shawls, 1 pullover, 1 cardigan and I have a third shawl that just needs a bind off- a Russian beaded bind off but still just a bind off!

I need to get serious now and make some progress on all those before I cast on for my brioche scarf.

Well, that’s all for now. Thank you for stopping by and sharing a moment with me. Next time I’ll introduce you to a small company that produces knitting accessories and there will be some absolutely gorgeous prices to win!

Until then, take care and enjoy your week.