Hello!!! I hope this post finds you well in your respective parts of the world, and looking forward to the start of the weekend. Here in Wellington, we enjoyed a sprinkling of snow and a heap of hail today, and now it is a c-c-c-c-coooooold evening!! Perfect weather to snuggle up next to the fire with one’s knitting!! I hear that things are even better in the South Island with lots of snow… hope you are all staying warm!
This week has been such an exciting one in the knitting sense. I managed to finish not one, but three(!) projects!
First up is Nurmilintu: This is lovely little free pattern almost knits itself. I am very happy with my yarn choice (alpaca/silk from Flagstaff Alpacas and Doespins) as it complements both the lace pattern and the drape beautifully.
Last night, I finished the Noro Silk Garden socks that I have been knitting for a while. They were my ‘waiting for the boy’ socks – knitted while waiting for him to come out of school and during his swimming lessons.
My sons do not like them, and made derogatory comments about how they look old (that’s the silk) and not very colour coordinated. Too bad. I think they are lovely, and deliberately made them non-identical. It is a bit disconcerting to look down and see two differently coloured socks peeking out from under one’s jeans though! I knitted the socks with the yellow cuff first, and was disappointed when I got to the end and found the pretty pink and purple colour would be missed out. So I started the next sock where the first one left off, and I rather like that colour combination better. The heavier weight of this yarn has made them lovely and squooshy to wear too! I might just have to knit more Noro socks…
And finally, and very excitingly, I have finished Seadragonus!
Seadragonus will be released in the next week or so. The pattern has been written, and I just have to make final edits. I designed this pattern to give my brain a rest after another pattern that I have just finished (I’ll have to tell you about that one another time). It’s an easy, playful pattern, designed to mimic the larger back scales and smaller belly scales typical in a reptile, and give the general impression of… a dragon!
This pattern marks the start of a couple of sea-themed patterns. Shark week is coming up, and I aim to produce a sock pattern that highlights the issues surrounding the ocean’s sharks. It will be part of my Sustain the Sea collection, and therefore a free pattern. I’ve been silent on the subject of the sea for a while, and not because it is no dearer to my heart. It’s just that the issues in fishing and the state of the sea became too painful to talk about, and I had to take a break. Time to get a grip!
On a brighter note, have you seen soknitsome’s most recent post? She talks about a very worthy cause that we can all participate in to raise funds for literacy. It’s as simple as logging the number of pages you read every day. I could not imagine a world without words, and yet there are still millions of people deprived of this simple right. Go on – have a read! :-)
Wishing you a lovely weekend.