Tuesday, 30 July 2013

A bit of fun

With so much of my knitting being for others or on deadlines I have found a little stress creeping into my knitting life this week. Don't get me wrong, I love my sock knitting and will never be parted from it but when all my ongoing projects are sock related I start to feel a little flat and one-dimensional.

So in the interests of fun and variety I have declared today a Non Sock Day and cast on for a shawl instead.

A  chance comment by the lovely Kerry over in the Sheep Shop group on Ravelry lead to the setting up of a summer mini KAL/CAL for folks interested in casting on for a shawl project this summer. Inspired by a shop sample I have decided to cast on a Herbivore shawl in some gorgeous Sparkleduck Galaxy yarn. Perfect as a relaxing summer knit whilst entertaining the boys at home.

Not much progress yet, but I will be working on it after 'Bath & Bed'.

It sounds almost like knitting heresy but despite being a huge admirer of his work, I have not yet made any of the Stephen West shawls. By a strange coincidence I have been trying to play around with different shawl shapes for fun, and came across his Shawlscapes class on the Craftsy website.

So now, I am knitting on my own Herbivore whilst working my way through the online tutorial. I'm not entirely sold on his presentation style, but it's early days  - I'll let you know how I get on.

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Gratifying FO

Just realised that in the sudden flurry of FOs I forgot to post finished pictures of my Cranford Mitts - a fabulous p/hop pattern. I took part in the Shinybees Podcast p/hop KAL and a few days of jury service were all I needed to complete these quick and simple mitts. The lace pattern is lovely and soothing to knit, and once you get into the rythmn they fly off the needles.

Beautiful sparkly Sparkleduck yarn, beautiful soothing pattern - a very gratifying finish.

Friday, 12 July 2013

And breathe...

Life seems to have suddenly taken a turn for the frantic, weeks whizzing by with amazing speed. And, as ever at times of stress I turn to my knitting for support.

A simple, mainly garter stitch shawl for a close relative going through some difficult times:

The Mountain Moss Shawl from the most recent edition of Pom Pom quarterly

Some new socks of my own design in a beautiful vibrant yarn from Solstice yarns

The pattern is Seed Pods and features a lovely slipped stitch cable pattern which is fun and easy to work.

My latest creation which should be published soon (no name yet)

And of course, when times get tough, some retail therapy is always in order:

 My latest yarn haul from the wonderful and talented Sparkleduck