My favourite time of day has to be that magic hour between getting home and having to start supper. I make myself a nice cup of tea, and sit down at my laptop to immerse myself in the world of knitting. I feel the stress dissolving out of my shoulders. My head feels clearer, and that knot in my stomach releases. There is a perkiness about the ears that isn’t apparent during the day.
It’s such a joy to log on to Ravelry, check out the latest patterns, visit my friends’ pages, look at their blogs, and visit my favourite forums, to connect with like-minded people. My mind switches back into ‘creative’ and I can feel the urge to get to that latest project sitting patiently waiting by my knitting chair.
Speaking of which, I think it’s about time I showed you some actual knitting activity! Knitting has been a bit slow because the last two weeks have been particularly horrid at work. I shall tell you about that in a separate post. Every cloud has a silver lining, and this silver lining is something that I am thinking will be useful to quite a lot of people.
These are my Happy Rainbow socks.
The yarn is Happy Go Knitty’s rainbow colourway in 100% BFL Sock. I understand she’s on hiatus at the moment, so anyone wanting some of this loveliness is going to have to wait until 2016.
I never thought that there should be so many shades of rainbow:
The lovely baby soft rainbow is Canon Hand Dyes Yoga for Elephants (the Amy Lee Show), a breathtakingly generous and thoughtful gift from a special friend. It goes with the grey as a ‘set’ which makes the cuff and heel and toes. The other is “Are We There Yet” from Stray Cat Socks. When I bought it, it was simply because it was such a cool name, and I thought that having used up my rainbow skein, I’d replace it. But now that it has come home to me, I am well delighted by the crayon bright rainbow, which is a very different rainbow to my Happy Rainbow socks. I can’t see it in the shop at the moment, but I know that Tracy takes orders.
I have been having fun in the stash, thinking about Spring colours for my next sock project:
I am absolutely in love with Sprig, my next design. It is perfectly feminine without being frou frou, and again, a reasonably mindless knit for busy people with limited time, assuming you are familiar with lace. Now to get time to write up the pattern for this, and Hug (which I will tell you about soon). It is particularly satisfying to be able to translate the inspiration of Spring into a sock, and make it work!
I have to say that sock fever has prevented me from working very much on my two large projects.
Lilli Pilli is very nearly finished, and I must try not to cast on for yet another pair of socks before I finish the lace border! That shouldn’t be so hard. It was the garter stripes that were not the most joyous thing to knit.
The other project that I am keen to finish before the end of Spring is my Chevron Poncho. I sat down with Young Boy to watch a movie this weekend with the express intention of distracting myself from noticing the mindless rows of garter stitch so that I could finish it. I was a bit dismayed to find that after a couple of hours of concentrated knitting, I had only knitted four inches of the wretched thing!!! You can see that there are only about six inches left of the entire project. I am very nearly done!
So there we have it. Many “almost dones”. Perhaps next time I can show you some “dones”!?