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Regenerate

Oh my goodness. I did not mean to disappear for so long. A new year has begun, and we are already into the second month! Time seems to be flying faster and faster! I hope this post finds you well, and that your year has begun well!

In Wellington, we are experiencing the wettest/coolest summer in 30 years (described in the news as the fewest “beach days”). I have to say I am personally enjoying it. I wish I could say it has led to more knitting (and blogging) time, but that hasn’t really eventuated due to other life happenings.

You may have noticed my Instagram feed showing off the finished Regenerate. Here it is again (some of these pics haven’t made it to Instagram):

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It is large and I love it! And as usual with Mary-Anne Mace‘s designs, I enjoyed every minute of knitting this beautiful design.

Because I chose to use fingering-weight yarn and not lace-weight, and work one more repeat of Chart 3 to make it a larger shawl, I ran out of the 200g ball that I originally used, and had to find more (what’s new!) Fortunately, I had more Anna Gratton merino/mohair in my stash that matched perfectly and it adds to the wonderful woodland feel of this botanically inspired shawl .img_3143-800x800img_3147-800x600

It has been wonderful to cuddle under the shawl on our cooler days. It is yet another favourite piece of knitwear.

Friends of mine were admiring my shawls the other day and asked if I sold my work. I replied that it takes many, many hours to knit a shawl, and if I were to recoup my time costs, the figure involved would be viewed as unaffordable by most people. We went on to have a brief discussion about slow fashion and how making your own clothes does mean you can create them to your own specifications and in the colour/fabric you like. My friend remarked that it meant I had a unique wardrobe as a result, followed by cute addition from her husband of “well, it’s only unique because you won’t sell your work!” It was one of those maker’s moments. Clearly, my friend is now on the “knitworthy” list!

Since finishing Regenerate, I have begun work on Supplejack. This is a fast and fun project, and I am nearly finished!

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As usual, I am doing my own thing in some way, and in this instance it means I have used four colours and not three, and put in colours in the order that pleased me.

I’m using Dark Harbour Yarn in Jetsam in Limey and Port in Pearls That Were His Eyes; Tanis Fiber Arts Blue Label in Lotus, and Ruataniwha Dye Studio 100% Merino in Spruce.

I’ll be able to show you the finished project soon!

 


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All the socks

This week’s post is all about the Socks.

There have been some happy happenings in the background which I can now tell you about!

June PostStitch Box

I was delighted to be asked to contribute a pattern to PostStitch‘s June SockStitch box.

The yarn this pattern was to go with was the delectable Circus Tonic Handmade Revelry Sock base in Rose Crowned Fruit Dove.  I decided to contribute an entirely new design to this box, the Sassy Socks. These socks were originally a Christmas present for my cousin, who lives in Australia. However, the original socks were too small (I had this mistaken idea that she had tiny feet, which she doesn’t), so I reworked them in a larger size and let PostStitch have use of the pattern for the June box, matched with Circus Tonic Handmade Revelry Sock. This pattern will be available for general release in July, but I understand that sets are still available from PostStitch.

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A KAL

There is an exciting KAL happening over on Aussie Sock Knitters Forum on Ravelry for the month of July.  This KAL is genius – you pick the socks you might want to knit (up to 5) and everyone else votes for the favourite that you will actually knit.

I picked out a few patterns from my (ahem, very long) queue. Please help to decide which of the socks I should knit here. I’d really appreciate some extra votes. At the moment, the favourites are Bordurensocken and Pointelle and votes are neck-to-neck.

I’ve picked out my yarn. If it’s Bordurensocken, I shall use Tanis Fiber Arts Purple Label in Dove, as it is a gorgeous dreamy colour and soft and beautiful, and will match the pattern very well.

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If it is to be Pointelle, I am thinking I’ll use this Whimzy Sokkusu O in Peeta. I may yet change this option. I ordered some yummy looking yarn from OziFarmer’s Market and I may decide to swap it for that yarn assuming it gets here in time for the KAL start in July. I thought I should see about using Australian yarn, given it is an Australian knitters’ group after all!

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I’m looking forward to the start of the KAL and to finding out what the chosen sock is to be!

Yarn finds

I thought I’d finish by showing you some beauties that I have discovered lately:

Ruataniwha Dye Studio

These are gorgeous yarns from Ruataniwha Dye Studio, who is a Kiwi based in Japan.  I adore the subtle colours Steph uses. She’s also going to be stocking Maniototo Wool’s Luxury Lambswool in 4 ply very soon – an indie dyer to watch!

Also, I finally got around to ordering some of Stray Cat Socks‘ new Essential Deluxe (cashmere/merino/nylon base)…

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This is Cinnamon. It is gorgeously soft and luxurious feeling!! I anticipate that it will find its way on to my needles sooner rather than later!

Happy Knitting!