Well hello there, and a Happy Sunday to you!
Thank you so much for your lovely comments and support for my latest sock pattern, Sprig. I’m so happy that you like it!
With Sprig finally off my radar, I’ve been focusing on finalising the pattern for my next design, Daisy. With each passing design, my concepts seem to get more and more intricate, and although I am Super Happy with this next sock, I know it is going to be a possibly too fiddly for many. It’s not really one of those talking and knitting designs. So… I have also developed an alternative version which retains the main concept but does allow talking and knitting at the same time. I am finishing the writing and testing phase now. It is a very fun design – it will allow you to use up sock yarn scraps too!
I do have a finished object to show you!
Reyna is done. I love how it has turned out in Noro. I added a picot bind-off to make it a bit more feminine. It is a small scarf rather than a shawl in my opinion. I think you could have a lot of fun with it in sport or DK weight – it would become a beautiful, large version that would be very snuggly in winter.
Having finished Reyna, I felt a large hole open up in my world of shawl WIPs… and quickly cast on for another one…
This is the beginning of Empty Nets, a gorgeous design from Sonya Newbold that is also a contribution to the Sustain the Sea initiative, still very much on my mind. I’m using Zealana Kiwi Laceweight in the Ponamu colourway. Sonya is a very clever designer. I love how this design is going to start splitting at this point into the net shapes with the wave borders on either side.
I have to share some yarn love. When Anna Gratton featured these beauties, some had to come home to me! The first is her Ocean colourway – it is a 400g hank of merino/mohair. The second is Iris, in 100% wool fingering weight.
I do have a particular project in mind for Ocean. I thought it would make a very nice Kate Davies Northmavine Hap. To my great joy, I have discovered that I do have the exact right match for the grey contrast!
My early morning strolls in the garden to collect food for the rabbit and guinea pig have given me so much delight. It is such a nice way to start the day.
A delicate wild poppy in the field next door, little papery petals still opening up. So fleeting that if you do not catch a photo when you see it, the petals will have dropped before you come back.
The blueberry bush is very happy in its new home in the vegetable patch, and promises lots of delicious berries soon!
My mutant chard looked stunning against the rising sun. New growth is appearing to replace the winter-worn leaves, but I did like the effect of the pink veins contrasting with the green leaves in the early morning light.
Wishing you a wonderful weekend!