I’m so grateful that my day job allows me to occasionally get out and about. This time around it was around Rother Valley park. The sun hung low in the sky and everything seemed to move so slowly. Peaceful. The highlight of the morning was being followed by a swan cygnet, who was pretending to be so shy.
So this past seven days have flown by again. Just today I made a little detour after work to say hi to a pack of Alpacas I had spotted earlier. I was so excited! The photo isn’t great but there was quite a few of them, they belong to a community group promoting self-sufficiency who are adjacent to a large number of vegetable allotments. I have cast on my first sock (for boxosoxkal) and I’m at the start of the heel tonight but I’m waiting on a set of DPNs to arrive through the post (so prob start on my 2nd fair isle mitten). I have listed my ‘Fantastic Mrs Fox’ yarn and DK ‘Rose Garden’ I have a few more (bottom right photo) to list but I might be tempted to try weaving some of those …
Have you cast on recently? 🌈🦄
I’m finally getting around to casting on for my own boxosox knit along. I’m using Addi Turbo 2.5mm and indie hand dyed Merino sock yarn with nylon (which is available in my etsy shop: HERE) I’m starting off with Winwick Mum (on Ravelry) basic sock pattern which is available HERE. You’ll find lots of photos and help at every stage through the links on her blog.
Are you joining in with a KAL this year? 🌈🦄
I also just added this sock yarn today, inspired by a magical iridescence:
I’m always looking for new ways to use yarn in my stash up especially the small leftovers of beautiful handspun or hand dyed loveliness. I personally knit, crochet and weave but have you ever considered wrapping yarn? Breathe new life into a lampshade by simply wrapping yarn around it (the further away from the bulb the better, acrylic yarn isn’t really recommended for this). Have a standard lamp or a chair that could be brightened by wrapping all those little leftovers around them? If you can’t bear to do anything other than knit or crochet with your yarn then consider a simple tube to go over your existing lightshade (consider colour blocking, or if you handspin yarn you can blend the colour in like in the 3rd photo). Whatever you choose have fun stash busting!! 🌈🦄
Ref photo 1: http://pin.it/4h8l2Ik
Ref photo 2: http://pin.it/nj0DtNP
Ref photo 3: http://pin.it/M8xAIYq
I’ve been using my knitting machine to create some DK blanks, which create a unique striping dye pattern, which you can’t achieve by just dying the yarn in a hank. So when you knit straight from the blank (good for hats) it will create stripes in the work. Finished dying some speckled yarn too. I cast on a new project last night using my own handspun, I’m trying my own pattern to make ear warmers, I’m thinking of lining them with some hand made felt too. All will be heading over to my Etsy soon.
What creative things have you been up to this past 7 days?
Lumpy space princess is the diva that inspired this bouncy hank of luxurious sock yarn. It is 80% superwash Merino, 10% cashmere for the softest squeeze 10% nylon (for socks that last). I only have one available at the moment, I’m only dying one/two hanks at a time until I get a feel for what people are liking. I can’t wait to give one of these a try also I’m keen to take part in the boxosoxkal2017 (box of socks knit along 2017) where at the end of the year you have a beautiful box full of hand knitted socks. I must finish my W.I.P mittens first though, and there’s that #findyourfade shawl project I want to do too. So many project such little time! Yarn available in my Etsy shop HERE. 🌈🦄
I like to handspin and handye yarn. This time I handspun a white merino wool tops then after plying I dyed it with pinks & purples. I fancied trying something different so I gave this simple crochet method a go. It creates a great rib, no increasing/decreasing and you can turn the bottom up to create a brim. All it needs now is a fluffy pompom! I will be adding some similar yarns in my Etsy shop over the next few weeks. 👀