Working with my Golden Skein yarn “Birds of a feather”

I little while ago I shared with you my participation as a dyer for The Golden Skein. This was the first and hopefully not the last time that I got a huge order and I very much enjoyed the process.

Now the yarn has been sent out to The Golden Skein subscribers and so far I have had nothing but good reviews which is such a joy for me.

I did keep some of the yarn for myself and then there were the “test dye” skeins and the “oups” skeins. Some I overdyed and will be listing in my shop and some I’m just keeping for my own personal use. I thought I’d share with you what I have knit with this yarn so far.

So I used one of my “test” skeins to knit a pair of socks. Well, technically I’m only about 40% done with sock 1 but this will be a pair:) This particular skein, has more of the contrasting colours than the final version of my Birds of a Feather, and so the end result is more variegated and almost stripey. I actually quite like how this is knitting up.

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As you can see there is a lot less of the light beige colour in this version.

I have also knit a shawl as part of a test knit for a designer that has just designed a shawl using my Cash’Sock yarn. She kindly sent me her pattern at the same time as she sent it to her test knitters. I had told her that I would probably not be able to finish it within the time limit she had given her testers because of work and all the gazillion things I’m already knitting. But guess what? This was such an enjoyable knit that I actually finished FIRST!

The pattern should be released soon on Ravelry and once it has been I’ll put up a project page on Ravelry and I’ll be able to share the name and a link if you too want to knit this. In the mean time, here are a few pictures of different parts of the shawl to show you how this particular yarn knit up. Had this been knit into a sock the resulting fabric would of course have been very different and that is also why I decided to use this yarn rather than another one for this particular pattern. I dyed the yarn thinking of socks because people were just getting 1 skein (although it is possible to purchase an additional skein afterwards via The Golden Skein while stock lasts) and so I knew what a sock would look like. But knitting this up into a shawl with a much higher stitch count than a sock was interesting and I wanted to see what that would look like.

What do you think? I quite like the result. This is an asymmetrical shawl and if this yarn were knit up into say a triangular shawl the results would be something different from this.

It has been such a fun process from the designing of this yarn working from an inspiration picture, to actually dyeing it up and now knitting with it and seeing how different items/stitch counts give different end results.

If you too are a Golden Skein subscriber, I’d love to see what you knit up with my yarn and I hope you will share that with others on social media and even better, with me here on my blog:)

That’s all for today. I hope you are having a nice week with lots of fun knitting/crochet time. So until next time, take care and enjoy your crafting.

My knits in progress

Hi there, how are you today? I hope you had a nice weekend and that you were able to do all or at least most of what you had intended to do. ¬†I did some of what I had planned for but not all. I did not get a lot a knitting done either but that’s just how it goes sometimes.

Knitting wise, I’m still working on my Audrey cardigan. I have cast off the body and I’m working on sleeve one. It’s a slow process as now I’m knitting one row and purling the next. It seems to take a long time and I’m feeling that my progress is really slow now. Hopefully I’ll get some tome to work on the cardigan this week and maybe even finish one of the sleeves by the weekend; that would be great.

I have ordered some buttons online. I wasn’t sure what I’d like so I ordered a few sets and when they get here, I’ll put them on the cardi and choose the one that I like best.

I have also been knitting on the Harry Potter scarf for my daughter. It is not getting a lot of love but I’m trying to knit on it a little bit every day. Luckily as I’m using Aran weight yarn and 5.50mm needles, it does grow quickly.

Here’s a picture I posted on Instagram this weekend when I was knitting on the scarf AND watching Harry Potter with the family.

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I also finished the pair of baby socks. I stared those last week but ended up ripping them out to the toe and then re-knitting. I finished both socks and I have plenty of yarn left so I’m thinking I’ll knit a matching hat or mittens or even both depending on the patterns I choose.

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I based these on the Tube Socks for Children by Jane Richmond only I cast on fewer stitches. I knit these in 40 stitches so I think they will be fine for a 3-6 months old baby. On the picture the contrasting toe and cuff looks grey but it’s actually more like a ¬†chocolaty brown color.

That’s all I have been knitting on this past week. This week I hope to make progress on the scarf and the cardigan. I don’t know if I’ll pick up something else. I do have a huge basket of wips in my room that needs love but for some reason I’m not feeling adventurous and just sticking to a few things. Sort of feels like my knitting mojo is limited these days. Not gone by a long shot but just less intense and so I’m not as enthusiastic as I usually am and not knitting on as many things.

I was going to share with you my Golden Skein adventure but I have been advised that I need to be patient a little longer and so I will have to hold off for that for a few more days.

I hope to be back soon with more info on my current wips and yarn dyeing. Until then take care and have a wonderful week.