Lockdown

Well after a long time away from the blog, for a whole host of reasons, I am now back to share my knitting journey with you all.

I wanted to use Lockdown as a trigger to start blogging again and am only sorry it has taken me 12 weeks+! Never mind I have been productive none the less! Productive in sorting out my growing number of projects which are a stones throw away from being “ready to wear”. I am so looking forward to my new wardrobe. Not that I have plans to go anywhere but maybe I will be able to showcase them on my “daily walks”.

I have had a birthday during lockdown and was lucky enough to receive an amazon gift card which I put towards some new blocking mats. I have many a project to block and today I set about pinning out the first one which is Bright by the wonderful Kim Hargreaves.

Bright

Bright is knitted in the wonderful Rowan Handknit cotton. I used a shade which is now discontinued – 341, a very pale grey.

Pieces blocking

Tomorrow I will finish off the neck and them the garment will be ready for seaming. I then need to choose buttons.

Kim Hargreaves released a new book a few weeks ago Ravish, her summer collection. The designs are stunning and I have yarn to knit a few of the garments. First on the needles is Alicia.

Alicia

This is knitted in the gorgeous Rowan Kidsilk Haze. I am using shade 634 which is cream. Progress is good, the back is done and I am on to the armhole shaping for the left front. A long time since I have knitted anything on 6mm needles, I am using addi’s.

I hope you will join me on my journey as I knit my way out of Lockdown – however long that may be…….

Stay safe. x

Mind the Gap

I was lucky enough to get some of this yarn which is very popular and usually on pre-order at Trailing Clouds.

This is a self-striping sock yarn, which means it will pattern in to bold, colourful stripes as you knit. I am not one for matching socks and usually the pattern just rolls off the needles but for these I think it will be good to have 2 matching socks. This means planning with the winding as I will need 2 x 50 g balls wound from 1 x 100g skein.

Words of wisdom from Gloria at Trailing Clouds:

“in 100g, there are 8 repeats of the 12 stripe sequence, plus 4-6 additional stripes. This means you can wind off two matching balls of 4 repeats each, if you want to knit two socks at the same time. Each stripe rather conveniently weighs 1g, so you will yield just over 100 stripes in each skein”

So when shall I start winding…..

Easter knitting

When the yarn for your Easter project doesn’t arrive one has to knit Christmas socks.

35 weeks and 3 days to knit a few more pairs of these – should be doable if I plan!

The yarn is from West Yorkshire Spinners, it is their Christmas Special from 2018 in the signature 4 ply range. The yarn is 75% wool, 25% nylon and the content contains 35% luxurious Bluefaced Leicester. Lovely to knit with. I also have some of the complementary accent shade Holly Berry which was launched at the same time which I have yet to knit up.

Next stop – “Mind the Gap” – a colourway inspired by the twelve colours of the iconic London Underground Tube map. Photo’s to follow.

Happy knitting. x

Socks

A very colourful pair of socks to celebrate the first day of Spring

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These were knitted in Austermann Step shade 0219 – very soft and a quick knit!

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