It’s been a busy few weeks, so I thought I’d take time out to share some of the projects I’ve been working on … including … wait for it … a pair of socks (pause for all you sock knitters to mock me and remind me of what I’ve said in the past about socks). I take it all back, since I discovered that toe up socks are much easier than the internet will have you believe (simple in fact) I can’t stop making the darned things! You get all the knitterley gratification of a toe to cast on, then a heel to turn. Unlike cuff down, where you have to endure all that ribbing before you get to the interesting part, toe up is far more interesting. Expect to see many more socks appearing here (and maybe even in the odd Christmas parcel).
Crochet has been a little bit neglected, but I have found time to finish a lovely poncho in Debbie Bliss Andes, which is a gorgeous blend of silk and Alpaca. It’s far too warm to wear just now, but it will be a great autumn cover up. I will write up the pattern evenutally, but to be honest it’s so easy, even a beginner could probably work it out from the photo.
I’ve also had the sewing machine out – not a regular sight in our house – I’d love to sew more often, but as I’m not very good I tend to put off sewing projects until I’ve psyched myself up for failure. These turned out surprisingly well!
We had a small celebration at Brownies this week as Snowy Owl is getting married, this called for pink bunting and a few love birds, both adapted from issue 2 of Handmade Living Magazine (if you haven’t come across it yet, seek it out – I much prefer it to Mollie Makes – which has beautiful photography and styling, but is a bit lacking in actual content for my taste).
Also on the knitting needles is an Ishbel, inspired by the ladies at Fibre + Clay who are knitting various adaptations of Ysolda’s pattern, I decided to plump for the original pattern, which has been in my Ravelry Library for over a year. I first cast on in Lorna’s Laces, but quickly remembered the short comings of knitting with variegated yarns and I’m sorry to say it’s been frogged.
Instead, I’ve cast in with some Indigo dyed Shilasdair Luxury 4ply. This is a truly luxurious yarn and the stitch definition is gorgeous. I’ll share a photo of that with you next week. Finally, I’ve made a start on another Cinnamon Grace, this is a lovely scarf / wrap pattern which is lovely to wear in cooler weather. This one’s in a wool / silk blend I found in a bargain drawer for £3.00 a ball and couldn’t resist. Any DK yarn will do – in fact you can use a 4 ply or sock yarn – both of which work equally well.
So, there you are, socks, bunting and a wrap (or two). I told you it’s been busy here! But, there was just enough time to come up with some button themed cakes for Snowy Owl’s party (with thanks to Emma, who has much better finished versions than mine).
What’s on your needles? I know some of you are much better than me with a sewing machine, got anything to inspire me??
I’ll leave you with a final pic of the love birds, swinging in the breeze.