I want to start this post by acknowledging your very kind thoughts and wishes and support of the Fire Flowers socks. It has been very encouraging. Thank you very much! It means a lot to me to know that my designs are liked.
Today, I thought I’d talk about a wee situation I have been having stern talks with myself about.
Me1: “Being saddled to a desk has got to be one of the most effective ways to generate impulse buying. Up pops an email from a favourite yarn retailer, you see a very pretty yarn looking at you/in a moment of needing some mental relief, one decides to visit a favourite indie dyer, and… oh look! Such pretty colours!!….and before you know it, out comes the credit card and…”
Me2: Stop!! Stop!! This where one needs to look away!! Close the browser!! Put away the credit card!
Me1: [Sigh]. “I am feeling virtuous because I did just that, and have saved myself from buying yarn that I do not need. I have so much yarn now that I really must knit some down before I make any more purchases! I think it would be an insult to the yarn producer to keep buying and just not make anything from it. Especially because I love to support independent yarn producers and New Zealand yarn manufacturers of quality yarns. And support means using and enjoying as much as buying! This does not stop me from dreaming about more yarn, and coveting more yarn that I see online, but no! I must be firm, and do more knitting from the stash!”
On this vein, I have been very good and agreed with myself that rather than wanting more yarn, how about using what I already have? Yarn that has already been obtained from coveted suppliers??
Finishing some WIPs would be a good place to start. I persevered with knitting Imagine When. Garter stitch is not one of my favourite stitches. But look, now I have a pretty new shawl to wear!
Such a beautiful colourway! It is Amazonas from Wollmeise, a beautiful gift from a good friend.
A cute boy decided to do a bit of photo bombing…
I haven’t done a great job of following the pattern exactly. I found that my brain is definitely attuned to reading charts, and following this written pattern was supremely difficult. Too much has been going on and my concentration levels have been focused elsewhere. Looking at where I deviated from the pattern, I see that it was at the time that I moved house. It has turned out basically the same, and that will be fine as it is still wearable, and is still in line with the essential parts of the pattern. No one can tell at all where it is different unless you hold up the project against the pattern picture and compare closely. But that is not going to happen! Hehe. Doesn’t it feel fantastic to get a project off the needles!
Now I am free to focus on The Falls of Rauros. This is Claire Ellen’s February sock, and it’s another one of her master pieces! My initial reaction was to choose a blue yarn for this sock, but then I thought about the colour of a waterfall, and it is generally a silver colour. Like this:
I love the Lord of the Rings references in Claire’s socks. Living in the land of the Lord of the Rings scenery makes it so easy for me. 😀 So I chose a classic colourway from Knitsch – Silver Lining – for this sock. Pics will come when there is something to show.
Also, I am going to make a very concerted effort to finish Robin as soon as I can. It is rumpled from sitting in its project bag, and lacks just a small bit for the hem and sleeves. I can feel that Autumn is just around the corner, and it would be nice to have a new piece of knitwear to wear this season, especially in Zealana Kiwi!
Next off the block, I will finish the Leighlinbridge Aran. As you can see, it is another beautiful possum yarn from The Wool Company. People tell me it will be cold here in winter. I do remember seeing much colder night temperatures for the Wairarapa on my weather forecast screen when I lived in Wellington, so I will believe it, despite the fact that the concept of cold seems a distant memory at present.
Such beautiful yarns. It’s an insult not to finish the project right?