I finished my Gingko shawlette:
It occurred to me this afternoon, having started my third bar of chocolate since Saturday, that not only was it a bad week, but I’d eaten more chocolate than I’d knitted yarn.
The balance sheet currently stands at:
I should eat less chocolate. Using dieter’s logic I thought, “I can’t eat any more chocolate until I’ve knitted or dyed more yarn. “
I reckon I’ll dye a kilo of yarn then.
I tried four-colour dyeing yesterday and I’m just not sure about the result. The yarn is a merino/silk blend, so that helps.
I think it’s gorgeous, but I’m biased of course. Perhaps it’s my baby and I couldn’t possibly see fault with my own creation.
But maybe it’s gruesome.
I could have it knitted up in time for Halloween …
Isn’t Autumn wonderful?
Looking out my window (as I do a lot) I’m intrigued by this combination of red and green. I’ve no idea what the shrub is, although I should, but it looks dreamy, like it’s getting ready for hibernation:
I know this is Copper Beech:
There’s a skein of sock yarn just waiting to be turned into a burgundy/green mix ….
Once the rain had stopped this morning I found some colour inspiration from nature. Admittedly, these flowers in the War Memorial garden are cultivated
Down by the river I found darker contrast of red and green on a mature mountain ash. The wind was blowing
Then it was back home to skein my recent efforts at multi-coloured hand-dyeing: a violet/fuchsia mix and a pink/grey/natural. This is so much fun!
Well, not quite. I started a sweater in gorgeous baby alpaca last Saturday afternoon.
I wanted to get it done as quickly as possible so I knitted flat out all week. Seven days later four pieces are finished and blocking.
So it’s ready for the fiddly bits.
In the meantime I rushed into using my Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock, picking another one skein wonder.
Most of the designs on Ravelry call for US size 1 needles, ie 2.25 mm. I’ve two sets of 2.5 mm and, although I’m sure the difference would be minimal, I’d rather use the suggested needle. Looks like I need to go shopping …
I’ve dyed some more sock yarn this week using blues and pink, so here’s my stash so far.
I’m cooking up a nice violet/fuchsia mix right now and I’ll post pictures soon.
And did I go for a run this morning? Er, felt a bit tired really, thought I’d do some dyeing instead … I am so BAD!
I finished two one skeiners this week: a scarf and a pair of socks. So, after a run (yes, I did it again), a coffee and a custard cream, here they are.
The scarf took nearly all of some bamboo/cotton blend left over from a summer sweater project. I like to buy extra, so I feel good if I use up remainders.
The socks are the first for several years and I used Kate Atherley’s Basic Ribbed Socks:
Now to choose the next sock design. And the next sock yarn. From my stash or hand dyed? So difficult!
Yesterday was yellowday. I dyed some sunshine sock yarn:
I’m fascinated by Maggie Magali’s Gingko Shoulderette Shawl and I’ve been thinking about bright yellow yarn for a week or so. Now it’s done.
In the evening, I made some custard and saved some to eat cold today. I took it out of the fridge to photograph but it didn’t last long enough to get a decent picture.
Not everything was yellow. I swatched my cranberry baby alpaca. It’s (UK) double knitting weight and I’ve gone down to 3.75mm just so I can use my Pony Pearls. A plain, V-neck, three-quarter sleeve sweater, I think.
As I was dreaming through Ravelry today I thought, ”It’s time I set up my knitting blog“. So here it is.
And it might not just be knitting, because last Sunday I did something amazing. Well, amazing for me, anyway. I went for a run. Actually, it was a walk, run, walk, run … you know, what they suggest in the get-started schedule (thank you, Runner’s World).
It’s quite possible this walk-run-walk will be the first and last. One thing is for certain, though: there’ll be plenty about knitting in this blog.