I’ve been making hay while the sun shines. Not literally of course, but I’ve been packing plenty into these unusually hot and sunny days. Since the heat is so late in the season there’s an obvious urgency to make the most of it. All those housework jobs which I’d put off, waiting for fine weather, have been done. Curtains are washed, cleaning is finished, and now I’m set for whatever winter wants to throw at us this year.
I went along to my second Knit’n'Natter at the Blind and Partially Sighted Society earlier in the week, and enjoyed every minute. It’s really inspiring to discover how knitters are so determined and inventive. To compensate for my lacklustre performance last time, I took a couple of hats, a handful of smartphone socks and my Royal Orchid shawl to sell on the Open Day.
Well, I'll never wear it
I’d asked a neighbour to act as a referee for my work with the Society and she let me know that she’d done the necessary. As a thank you I want to knit her an Ishbel in some hand-dyed merino-silk. She’s a wonderful person and she’s been very supportive.
But I want to do it as soon as possible, so how quickly can you knit an Ishbel?
They say presentation is everything and this proves the point.
A week or so ago, feeling somewhat over-confident after a spree of successful hand-dyes, I attempted a very colourful scheme on a skein of Bluefaced Leicester laceweight. I thought brown, pink and apple green would sit nicely together, and they did — on the dyeing table. However, when the skein came out of the steamer my heart sank. It looked like burnt under-ripe rhubarb. I let it fester for a few days and then took this photograph.
It’s more photogenic than me! So I re-skeined all 800 metres of it and now it’s a very respectable piece of hand-painted laceweight, no?
Now, if I could work a similar makeover on myself I might just get a job.
Liking all things custard, I was immediately drawn to the Kindle book by Susan Alison, White Lies and Custard Creams. I tried out the first chapter and can report that it’s superbly light-hearted. It’s only 97p at the moment so I think I could stretch to that and finish the book. I must confess that I’ve formed the bad habit of downloading samples to my Kindle rather than buying entire books since they’re just the right size to read at night. I guess I’m not alone.
The last three weeks have been a little nightmarish but fortunately (or otherwise) the episode is over. Apparently I’m “not interested” and that’s probably true. In fact, I’d rather dye, and so I have.
Autumn colours in the garden are a continual inspiration: the leaves are changing rapidly now, and it’s getting colder. Here are a few BFL sock yarns:
Dahlia, Evergreen and Flame
And a juicy fruit:
Another berry for a beret (in chunky merino):
And the best is a multi BFL sock yarn:
I’d like to knit this one into a shawlette with tumbling leaf motifs. Stephanie Hogendoorn’s Fall of Leaves is a definite possibility, but I think the leaves may be too big. Perhaps I’ll work something out myself.