Despite purchasing a pair of splendid summer shoes, summer has failed to turn up in our corner of the UK.
The upside is that the garden is wild and lush, a northeastern jungle. Unfortunately it is too wet to actually sit in it and enjoy the smell and sounds. We have to admire it through the window.
However, it does make for excellent knitting. At this time of year I am usually more inclined to sew or embroider, knitting in hot weather can be a little hard work. But this year the productivity rate is soaring.
These came along with me on our trip to London a couple of weeks ago. I dyed the yarn using Wilton’s food dye on a wonderful Saturday morning with Lucy at Woolaballoo. There is definitely a yellow and green theme to my wardrobe this [not quite] summer.
Unfortunately I forgot the stitch holder and the yarn shop I found only had large ones , too big for my socks. So I had little option but to put them aside and purchase a replacement yarn. I couldn’t spend the entire weekend without something to knit!
I discovered The Village Haberdashery was only a hop, skip and a jump from our Airbnb and I was persuaded to step back from the yellows and greens so plumped for this gorgeous colour combination, Almond Rocks from Knit the Bed.
Meanwhile back at home (too big for a weekend away project) The Boxy by Joji Locatelli is coming along well. The yarn is The Barber by Uschitita. I originally read the name as The Berber, which explained why I failed to find any examples of what it looked like knitted up!
However, I am feeling the urge for something a little more challenging. So I intend to finish the socks this weekend and start on The Roadside Beanie so I am ready for Shetland Wool Week. I think that will play along nicely with the Boxy, something to think about and something I can knit on autopilot. Perfect.
On my return from Loch Ness Knit Fest in October, I showed the Boss my purchases. Yes, all my purchases! One of them was this gorgeous little number from Tine and Floyd.
The Boss took a shine to it and suggested it would make a fine hat. In particular it would make a fine hat with ear flaps. A fine hat with ear flaps that would be perfect to keep his head and ears warm whilst out fishing. Since the wind off the North Sea is pretty piercing if you are on land I can only assume it is vicious when out at sea.
So I disappeared down the rabbit hole that is Ravelry and found this wonderful pattern by Mitzy Moore
Obviously I am doing it in one colour way, but after a month or so of lacework I am loving the speed with which it knits up! I’m not sure about the bobble though. Not quite his style I don’t think!
What’s on your needles today?
Love Gillie x
It was many years before I was brave enough to try lace work. I will never forget going to a workshop at the wonderful WhistlebareYarns and after we had chosen our yarn and settled down I saw a line that could have been written in Arabic for all I understood it. I panicked. I looked at the women around me who were all happily clicking away. And then I got to the dreaded line, it was line 9 I can remember it well.
My heart headed south faster than a swallow in autumn. But do you know what it was dead easy! Just follow the instructions and keep knitting. It does help to have pencil and paper to record where you are up to. I rather like these as well.
Also if you are easily distracted, don’t do the lace row when you are watching television or people are trying to talk to you. It is the Devil’s own job to frog a lace row!
When people look at lacework so many of them take a deep in breath and declaim they couldn’t possibly do that. But in all honesty all lacework is is a planned pattern of holes! I think we can all put our hand on our hearts and say we can make holes in knitting. If you can knit, purl and wind yarn around a needle you can do lacework!
This is my work in progress using the silk and baby camel hair (just writing that makes me go all gooey) I bought from Dye Ninjaat Loch Ness Knit Fest. The pattern is Rogue Wrap by Helen Dillon (available on Ravelry) and is a doddle to knit, particularly when using such gorgeous yarn.
Only a short post today as the weather is awful and it feels like a knitting kind of day!
Love Gillie x
P.S. Don’t worry if you lacework looks like a dishrag! All lacework looks like a dishrag until it is blocked (well mine does!).
This week I have been mostly frogging. When you are knitting with lace-weight silk and baby camel hair yarn you don’t want mistakes. Knitting with this yarn is like knitting with the dreams of baby fairies, it makes cashmere feel like barbed wire and is quite frankly the stuff of which unicorn dreams are made.
I’m sorry I can’t offer a touch and feel blog. I’m sure that will be possible in time, meanwhile you will just have to take my word for it. Or go to Dye Ninja and buy some for yourself. Hand dyed bliss from Livingston.
I didn’t go to Livingston to get mine, I went to Inverness. For my birthday the Boss took me to a lovely cosy cabin on the Beauly Firth and sent me to the Loch Ness Knit Fest. Seriously, how good can a guy be at present buying? Two of the daughters (Medic 1 and the Rock Geek) joined us as did a friend travelling home to Thurso from Ayrshire. And of course Poppy came too. She spent the week making friends, particularly on the train. She is quite the seasoned train traveller now.
LNKF was the bees knees. It wasn’t huge, but every single stall was interesting and had something worth stopping for. Lots of hand dyers (oh my the colours ….), spinners, unusual yarns (camel of course, but have you tried husky hair?) But what really singled it out was the knitting hub. It was big, it was comfortable with big tables and chairs and big squishy sofas and a splendid stage with live music, talks, demonstrations. I sat and knitted and made lots of new friends from Denmark, from Birmingham, from the West Country.
It is a rather splendid fact that the best yarn festivals are held in places where the fishing is excellent. Hence the enthusiasm of the Boss to join me at Shetland Wool Week, possibly the Iceland Wool Festival and maybe even Farnøstrik . Lucky girl!
love gillie x