Thursday, 16 February 2017

The hugely long catch up post!

Apparently it has been forever since I wrote, completed and published a blog post!  I could have sworn I blogged just after Christmas but apparently I dreamt that.

Soooo...what have I been up to?  Well, obviously there was Christmas which flew by, as it does,  I was indeed lucky enough to get the Westknit's book that I had requested as well as copious amounts of marzipan chocolate, new sparkly body jewellery (I have expensive taste in that as well) and a beautiful felted picture from Carla.

I've been trying extremely hard not to start any new projects until I had completed all (well, maybe most!) of my current WIP's.  I did however have to cast on another pair of gift mitts for Lee's sister as part of her 40th birthday present (if I love you, I will knit for you!  And hand knit gloves are one of my go-to girly gifts!)

I decided to use some of my stashed Scheepjes Stone Washed and after falling in love with a stitch pattern, but finding the pattern didn't work with my yarn, I concocted a pattern on the go using quilted lattice stitch.

I can however recommend double checking your needle size - I managed to pick up the wrong circular needle for these which probably explained why they took me longer than expected (2.75mm oops!)  Luckily they turned out fine and the recipient seemed to like them as well,

Pattern: Christmas Lattice Mitts - my own pattern
Yarn: Scheepjes Stone Washed in 806 Canada Jade
Pattern Notes on my Ravelry here 

I then spent most the Christmas holiday's working on my Doodler.  It had been on the needles for a while and it was one of those WIP's that, once I picked it back up again, I LOVED knitting!  The Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light makes for such a smooshy knit and I now need to knit all the things in single ply yarn!  I added 2 rows of black in between each wedge of Colour C in Section 3 - because Edison Bulb is shit scary bright!

Yarn: Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in Twig (overdyed black), Fluoro Rose & Edison Bulb.
Full pattern notes on my Ravelry here

After I'd cast off the Doodler, it was back to gloves and finishing my Sod Socks (Warm Fingers).  After a bit of scribbling and calculations the pattern was adapted to add fingers and they have proved SO useful these last few weeks as the weather has cooled right down again,

Pattern: Sod Socks (Warm Fingers) - my own pattern, to be published
Yarn: Knitterly Things Vesper Sock in Witchy Woman 
Pattern notes on my Ravelry here

Before I decided to complete all my current WIP's I couldn't resist purchasing Knitvent 2016 from Helen Stewart (Curious Handmade) and cast on the completely gorgeous Alpine Sunset Shawl.  I'm using two skeins of Easyknits from my stash - Deeply Wicked in Keylime and Dusted Dreams in Neon Nights - which I think look amazing together (and Jon is one of my absolute favourite UK dyers!)  This is next up on my complete list - I'm currently half way through - so fingers crossed for a FO soon!

Yarns: Easyknits Deeply Wicked in Keylime and Dusted Dreams in Neon Nights

Right, I think that's enough waffle for one post!  I shall be back with some yarn dyeing, beta test knitting and FO's soon.