Well wine-coloured yarn anyway. I got my beautiful Christmas yarn from DragonHoard Yarns today. Love it. But now I have a dilemma. Do I make amazing socks for me or an amazing Christmas stocking for Nutmeg.
Note: both options will be amazing, it’s just a question of giving or keeping for myself. Decisions, decisions. Good thing I’ve got lots of time to work out what I want to do as it will be my 2021 Christmas project
In the meantime – look at that yarn! Not only are the colours gorgeous but it also has amazing hand feel. It is soft and strong with no scratchiness from the gold sparkle. Also the gold sparkle is everywhere! Hard to really capture on the camera, but it’s all over the yarn!
I did the first tile on this blanket in full so that I can understand the pattern. But since then I’ve been doing the remaining 15 large tiles in groups. This is the perfect pattern for that. Each round is a different colour and there is something marvelous about watching them grow! It took a day and a half to get to the navy blue.
Next day! Onto a delicious teal. What will tomorrow bring?
This scarf is a delicate marvel. It’s so light you barely know it’s there but there’s strength in the delicate beauty. In a laceweight alpaca this scarf is warm and soft.
Inspired by the first time I saw Cathedral Grove on Vancouver Island one Easter when the snow was still on the ground and the trees towered above us. There are two lace stitches, a traditional Shetland fir cone pattern and a simple lace edging which evokes the snow amongst the trees. The sample is going to someone special but you can make your own soon. Pattern release date is January 2021.
If you are ever lucky enough to be driving to a holiday in Tofino on Vancouver Island, stop in Cathedral Grove. It is truly spectacular.
Things I like: knitting intricate lace with long repeats.
Things I don’t like: writing out said long repeats, charting said long repeats. Checking for errors.
Why did I do a wrap with a 34 stitch repeat over 24 rows in the pattern?
Because I didn’t really think the writing of the pattern through. And because – it’s so pretty, it looks amazing and it isn’t hard to knit, as long as you use the stitch markers as recommended. But writing it out is painful.
No it’s not a look at this bird wouldn’t it make a great yarn colour post. Sidenote: Birds are amazing inspirations for yarn colours.
This bird popped up in my twitter feed this morning and I just fell in love. Look at that fluffy little ball of determination perching amongst the reeds. It’s going to make the best of a difficult situation and perch dammit.
He’s good inspiration for me today as I have to get a chart done for a pattern and I had a sock setback, where I had to rip back an entire heel. So I’m getting this chart done and the pattern out to tech editing today and that sock is getting finished. If the bearded reedling can do it so can I!
Ylva Johansson is my favourite new politician. She made socks for her whole cabinet. Not only is that a huge amount of work, look at how beautiful those socks are. What an amazing present to walk into a meeting and see. More bosses with more knitting – that’s what I want to see in 2021!
Two new patterns coming in early December, here’s your sneak peak!
Fireweed socks. These are a great simple sock that look really complicated to make but aren’t. The best kind of socks to make and gift to someone else. They work best in a solid or semi-solid colour scheme.
Flowering Victorian Shawl. This is a romantic draped lace shawl that uses a lovely frost flower pattern along the arms and wrists with a vine pattern across the back. Shown here in a lilac color, this is gorgeous spring or fall shawl that really shows off your lacework skills.
I am working out my issues with crochet by doing the Persian Tiles blanket by Jane Crowfoot. It is an amazing pattern and I hope I can write a knitting pattern half as well at some point in the near future. I am not someone who crochets, I cannot fix a mistake on the fly or intuit what the pattern is about to do. So following a pattern where the instructions are so clear is fantastic.
I also made a mistake in the colours. I bang on about this, but colour is important. If the colour isn’t inspiring you, your project becomes a chore rather than a pleasure to make. It also can become very unattractive. The picture above shows this – my orange was too brown, my yellow was too neon and my pale blue was too pale. It all added up to an unattractive and uninspiring mess. So I changed them. Final octagon is gorgeous and I’m happy to keep going. Which is good, because there are 15 more to make plus a bunch of smaller squares!
I get that yarn can be expensive and changing a colour can feel like a waste, but you have work on something that makes you happy. Also, I will find other projects that those colours are going to work with perfectly. The extra yarn will just help me towards my ultimate goal of achieving SABLE status (Stash Acquisition Beyond Life Expectancy).
Looking forward to sharing this project with you as it progresses.