Back on track

I’ve finished a couple of shawls so far this month: the first took a while and the second no time at all.

Here’s Soft Beige, which is Softwood by the talented Katie Flora, knitted in Drops Lace:

Soft Beige shawl

I got a head start on this because I edited it for Katie, and I thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of this beautiful design.

Soft Beige detail

After that it was time for another KAL. As you will know from reading this blog last year, I’m a fan of Heidi Alander. The Sock Monkey is currently hosting a KAL on Ravelry for any of Heidi’s designs. I picked Kottarainen, since it’s nice and summery.

Knitted in a bamboo-cotton blend, the shawl flew off the needles in a matter of days. This is Galah:

Galah shawl

That makes seven out of my 12 shawls for this year, so I’m back on track if not ahead of schedule.

I’ve also got my stash (the stuff I admit to) back down to 14. How long will it last? Probably until next week…

Sometimes you see an offer which just can’t be missed. On Sunday morning I was Rav-browsing when an advert caught my eye. Any triangular lace shawl is sure to do that, right? Anyway… the wonderful Dee O’Keefe is offering her Lace Triangle Collection eBook for $10.99 throughout June. So that’s Elizabeth, Glenallen, Nadira and Edwina for less than the price of two patterns. So now the problem is, which to knit first?

And I’m off to Yarndale again in September – yay! I’ve booked my place on a LYS-organised trip for the Sunday. Last year we went in a 16-seater minibus. This year it’s going to be a 52-seater coach. So if the visitor count at Yarndale increases by the same rate it’s going to be pretty busy!

Happy knitting!

Now, where was I?

As I was saying (three months ago, I’m afraid) my TV knitting was Spicy Sparrow:

Spicy Sparrowwhich is Helen Stewart’s Red Robin Shawl in my favourite West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4-ply. I even added tassels – aren’t they fun?

Despite getting covered in fluff from the Kidsilk Haze I finished Misty Falls, which is gorgeous:

Misty FallsDon’t you just love the silky softness of it? It’s Tetiana Otruta’s Little Falls and it took me six weeks to knit. Now that’s a long time – but I’ve been a bit busy.

I didn’t get to the Edinburgh Yarn Festival so I made Jo Kelly’s Spring Festival in Debbie Bliss Fine Donegal. Here’s Fine Festival, which I knitted during the Cheltenham Festival:

Fine FestivalNow I have a small confession to make. I was in a crabby mood when I got round to blocking this shawl, and I may have been a bit aggressive with my pins, because this happened:

Broken ShawlOops! Well, I darned it and you’d never know.

Staying on the northern theme, I joined the KnitBritish Hapalong, which has been massive. The cast-on day was April 10, and I finished Dilly Hap on May 4:

Dilly HapIt’s a full version of Gudrun Johnston’s Hansel in Jamieson & Smith’s 2ply Jumper Weight. I ordered a cone of the stuff (which came really quickly) and I’ve got loads left. The yarn is slightly oiled for machine knitting, and I love the smell. I was reluctant to wash and block the shawl just for that reason, but it’s lovely and warm and cosy. Ahhh.

There’s still time to join the Hapalong – the final cast-off date is July 12 – and I might even cast on another myself.

So now we’re just about up to date. Happy knitting everyone!



Right back where I started

It would seem that I cannot give up the habit, and these pages will continue to feature pink and purple shawls.

My first YOUS2015 project, using Debbie Bliss Rialto Lace, is Fated: Continue reading Right back where I started

That Feeling

When you finish a project there’s always a sense of achievement. At least the thing is done, whether it looks good or not.

And then there’s the time in the LYS when you spot a yarn in a colour that  says “I’m coming home with you” and you can’t resist.

Or when you see the most gorgeous design and you’ve just got to knit it.

Yup, well fine. But what happens when the buzz isn’t as buzzy any more? Continue reading That Feeling

Shawl Challenge 2014 – December FOs

Better late than never, here are my final FOs for my shawl challenge of 2014.

First off, published in issue 78 of The Knitter, here’s my version of Albertine by Anniken Allis, Purple Pie. Continue reading Shawl Challenge 2014 – December FOs