Friday, November 30, 2012

The cowl challenge

One month, three Honey Cowls, sounded just the right side of not possible when I started, am one cowl done (in the rich, bright blue of Rico Essentials Merino DK) and one a strip in (in a much more lovely in person green Shilasdair) and just two weeks left to go. Hmmm, well at this stage only one thing about whether I can get three done is certain, typing on a keyboard isn't knitting.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Next question -

did I buy enough yarn?

Looks like that's a yes!

The top haul are treasures from Nest and Loop where I travelled yesterday on a super fun yarn crawl. Both shops are overflowing with beautiful things, and I particularly loved Nest which has a little cafe area and is such a welcoming place.

That super pink lace-weight was the only off plan purchase yesterday, it's Scrumptious in every sense of the word. That was what I was hunting for in the also fabulous Wool in Bath for a couple of lovely Ysolda patterns but they didn't have a colourway in Scrumptious that called to me. They had some rather fine alternatives though with this cream and soft blue green. Hmmm seem to have acquired a substantial yardage in lace-weight suddenly. Better get back to the gift knits so I get a chance to get on to these treats this year!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Did I bring enough knitting?

Just coming to the end of a week away, here's my current holiday knitting spot. Some may say I have more projects than required, I make it five plus the patterns and now the yarn after a stop at Wool Bath for a few more. A perfect amount, something for every mood!

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Insanely beautiful sky

I tried not to take too many photos of this overwhelming glory. Knowing all the time how futile it was to try and photograph it and remembering to just look at it and let it sink in as well. Still you can't blame a girl for trying and I think even the half glimpses the camera has captured of tonight's sunset are worth holding on to.




 

Saturday, November 03, 2012

Bubbling up

Since coming back from SquamItalia! it's a wonder I haven't cast on thirty new projects. Spending that time with inspiring teachers and knitters has led to me feeling much more creative than I have all year. Combined with the bite of autumn, I've found a wellspring of ideas for new projects has bubbled up. As I sat down to write this I was thinking of the shawls and cowls that have been catching my eye:
Xeni by Kitman Figueroa from Amirisu
Xeni by Kitman Figueroa 
This beauty is from Amirisu an online knitting magazine like Twist Collective which is published in English and Japanese and was co-founded by lovely Meri who I met at Squam. It's only the feeling that I want to finish my Aestlight before I begin my next lace shawl that has caused me to pause before jumping in to this one which has so much texture to it as well as a beautiful lace pattern.
http://olgajazzzy.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/aranami.html
Aranami Shawl by Olga Buraya-Kefelian
Time spent with my Rowanspun has got me wondering whether I have enough in different shades for a shawl I've had my eye on for a while, and it is all garter stitch feeding my current fleeting obsession.
http://www.purlbee.com/big-herringbone-cowl/
Big Herringbone Cowl by Purl Soho
Then there are the cowls. The Purl Bee is always a source of inspiration or
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/barley-sugar-2
Barley Sugar by Ysolda Teague
Ysolda's laceweight rib is definitely calling me or
http://madelinetosh.com/store/index.php/honey-cowl.html
Honey Cowl by Ann Maria for Madelinetosh
I'm currently adoring this simple delight. I'm thinking I might try and get me some actual Madelinetosh for it and knit with that for the first time. I'm currently planning a dream yarn shopping list as I'll soon be on holiday with a trip to the lovely Wool Bath in the works and a fun yarn crawl I've been invited on to two of London's finest stores Nest and Loop.
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/arbutus
Arbutus by Jane Richmond
I'd just need one skein of Madelinetosh for this clever design, part of a very beautiful new book Island just out by Jane Richmond. Mmm mmm mmm, happiness is a pile of things you are ITCHING to knit!

You'd think that would be plenty to be getting on with but as I sat down at the computer to write about these I found a scrap of a note with a list of words on it: Fathom, Grenadine, Devonshire and Linden. What do they all have in common? Ah all lustworthy cardigan patterns from Twist Collective that I was trying to distract myself from Miriam with. My roomie at Squam, lovely Shelly, had a beautiful Miriam (that she really needs to take a photo of) but I don't think raglan sleeves are the most flattering for me so I was pondering alternatives, to you know, knit when I'm sleeping.
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