Regular readers will be familiar with the well known fact that I dislike summer. Especially late summer, when the weather matures into relentlessly hot days, and very warm nights. It is far too hot, and I’d like Autumn to hurry along please.
What does warm weather do to a knitter? For one thing, hot piles of wool in one’s lap, in addition to the customary cat, are a no-no. I’ve reverted to shawls and socks.
Earlier week, I started my second attempt at Southern Skies.
It’s going well. I’m on to the final chart. If I work hard at it, I’ll have something pretty to show you next weekend! I’m much happier with how the sizing is coming out this time. In the end, I went with 4.5mm/US 7 needles to get the right gauge. The yarn is a very hard colour to capture on camera. It is a lot more vibrant in real life. The way the colours are coming together reminds me of Van Gogh’s Starry Night. So happy with the effect!
Some socks also leapt on to my needles yesterday. Funnily enough, also another Audry Nicklin design!
Audry Nicklin has produced another stunner – the Whiskey and Rye socks! I was a very lucky bunny and was gifted the exact yarn used (Miss Babs Yummy 2-ply) a while ago. When Audry also kindly gifted me the pattern, I decided that the two had to become a project together! Audry notes in the pattern that the slipped stitches can pull in the fabric and suggested either knitting the larger size or using larger needles. I decided that the larger size would be too big, so I opted to use needles that were a size larger than I usually knit with (2.5mm/US 1.5 instead of 2.25mm/US 1). It was a good move to keep to the smaller size. I’m still not sure if I needed to go up a needle size, but it is working out to be exactly the same size as the pattern notes (19cm/7.5″ circumference) so I guess it was the right call.
It is a lovely pattern, well written as usual, with the slipped stitch chevrons intuitive to knit once you’ve worked the first repeat. Highly recommended for a fast and satisfactory knit!
It being my birthday recently, a couple of lovely friends sent me gifts that again, paired into one project.
The Mahy Shawl was designed by Karie Westermann in memory of Margaret Mahy, a celebrated children’s and young people’s book author. At the same time I was gifted this shawl pattern, a lovely friend living in Wales wanted to send me some local Welsh or British wool of my choice for my birthday. When I looked at the pattern, I discovered that the yarn, Garthenor Organic, used by the designer was actually Welsh in origin! She was very happy to send me the yarn. It makes knitting this shawl a very special thing, to remind me of two special friends, who were so thoughtfully caring in their choice of gifts.
If you read Andi’s lovely blog, My Sister’s Knitter, you’ll note that she’s holding a Gift KAL on her Ravelry group at the moment. I figured that as I have not one, but two gift projects on my needles at the moment, that for once I could join in one of these KALs. I might see you there?
And now for a ta da moment! Nikki, Caren and I got together this week, and finalised a few more plans for the yarn event I mentioned a few posts ago. It now has a name! Yarnville. And a date! Saturday, 15 October 2016. It’s so exciting!!!
I have put together the preliminary workings of a website for the event here: http://www.yarnvillenz.wordpress.com. If you are interested in attending or trading at the event, please do sign up for notifications of information as it becomes finalised.
If you live in New Zealand, and especially the regions surrounding the Wairarapa, it would be amazing to see you there! We have had plenty of interest from traders and even kind people willing to volunteer with helping out. It is really awesome! There will be some amazing yarnies and other fibre people there. We are still to send out our official invitations to teachers and traders, but if you are in that category, and would like to express interest in participating, please do feel free to drop us a line at yarnvillenzATgmail.com.
Until next time!