What’s on my needles?

Having gotten all my shawls off needles and blocked I wanted some smaller easier to knock out projects. So I’m finishing my Bad Hair Day Hat. The final wool that was destined for this project has been lost somewhere in a warehouse in Montreal. I am now using some lovely Knit Picks upcycled wool for the final hat(s) that will be photographed. Darn you yarn that got away!

In better news I am using Knit Picks Capretta Superwash which is 80% Merino, 10% Cashmere and 10% nylon for a new sock and fingerless mitten project called Fireweed. I haven’t used this yarn before and it is lovely in the hand while I am knitting.

Deconstructed

beaded lace shawl on mannequin

I just did the math on the bread and roses shawl. So by the numbers:

  • 815 yards or 750 metres of fingering weight yarn
  • 55grams or approximately 1300 size 6/0 Czech seed beads
  • 20 hours development time
  • 30 hours knit time
  • 1.5 hours blocking out time
  • 12 hours drying time

Thoroughly worth it!

Sweetheart Socks

A simple vanilla sock with a little texture to make it interesting.  When you put your feet together you will have a heart shape looking back at you.  This sock is designed for Knit Picks Felici yarn to take advantage of the wonderful self-striping colourways, but an be made with any self-striping or single yarn.

There are 3 size options given and you can adjust the leg height and shock length to individual requirements. 

Techniques:

  • Written pattern
  • top down
  • double pointed needles
  • kitchener stitch

Materials:

  • 2 skeins of Knit Picks Felici yarn or 300 – 436 yards of other sock yarn to make these lovely and loving socks
  • Tapestry needle
  • stitch markers

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They are a great idea for a present any time of year, but would make an unusual and delightful Valentine’s Day present.

Winter Rose Cowl

This pattern uses a simple repeating lacework technique and beading. It is great for someone wanting to dip their toe into either lacework and/or beading. This pattern has both written and charted instructions.

Techniques used:

  • Lacework
  • Beading using a crochet hook
  • Working in the round

Tools and non yarn materials required:

  • Circular needles
  • 1.00mm crochet hook and 280 6/0 beads for beading
  • tapestry needle for sewing in ends

Changing seasons

It’s definitely fall now in Vancouver. When I was out for a walk yesterday afternoon I got a lovely photo of this plant as it changes with the season. The colour of the berries and leaf shape were the inspiration for my flowering Victorian lace wrap or rectangular shawl.

Bread and Roses Shawl update

Ivory lace shawl on mannequin

My timeline is holding! The shawl is off the needles and needs to have its ends sewn in and be thoroughly blocked. I’m sharing this photo so people can see how much of a difference blocking makes with something like a lacework shawl. To me it’s the difference between a lovely hand made garment and an ‘oh wow – that is amazing – where did you get it garment.

Sweetheart socks and Cat

cat lounging beside sock clad feet

I’d finished the socks this Friday and decided to do some photos, get the math finalized and publish pattern by October 30th. I’m still on track for that, but the cat was all interested in ‘helping’ with these photos. My concern is that although adorable he does kind of steal the show! There’ll be other photos that focus more on the socks, but I think I’m leaving this one in there.

Yarn Shopping

I’ve bought a whole bunch of new yarn this week. I can’t wait for it to all turn up and then create some wonderful things. Now I just have to be patient and let it turn up!

I’ve got paintbox cotton coming which is earmarked for a baby sleeping bag and some tea towels.

Then some sock yarn – jewel mix happy feet by Plymouth yarn and Cascades heritage in solar colourway. I think of these two as exciting autumnal socks. I have no idea what design its going to be but it will be cooler nights, crisp leaves and bonfire inspired.

Plymouth Yarn Happy Feet 100
Cascade Heritage Wave

Then I got super exciting when Knit Picks issued some new sock yarn and bought the value pack of all the new colours. I don’t know what will happen here. It could be socks, crescent shawl(s) a mixture. But I’m excited to see this yarn and find out how I can use it and what I can create. I think there are some great options here.

Finally and perhaps most excitingly I finally bit the bullet and bought some yarn from the amazing Songbird Fibres. If you’re yarn obsessed like me this is yarn porn. Glorious colourways, hand dyed and uniquely beautiful. I got the glorious lovebird yarn which will make a male and female duck pair of socks. Look at those amazing colours. The rest of her site is just extraordinary and gorgeous. I have plans…..

Upcoming patterns

I thought people might be interested in knowing what’s in the pipeline for the rest of 2020. I’ve got the following patterns on track for publication through to December:

Bread & Roses shawl – this is a beaded right angle shawl in a deep V shape and will be available by the end of October. The image below is some of the rosebud detail from this shawl.

Sweetheart socks – these are lovely little easy knit socks that work brilliantly with self-striping yarns. I admit to an unhealthy obsession with KnitPicks Felici colourways. This pattern is due by end of October and will be a free download.

Fireweed socks – these are elegant socks with a textured grass pattern. They will work best with single colour socks or different colours for heels/toes/cuffs versus main body of sock. It won’t work well using a self-striping yarn.

Bad hair day hat. I’m still waiting on the final yarn I was going to use, but have decided to raid my stash for inspiration. This pattern will be available in November.

Musical Dreams baby sleeping bag. This is a hard wearing baby sleeping bag in different sizes from newborn to 18 months. Its designed to deal with being chucked in a washing machine and dryer while still looking attractive and providing snuggly warmth for little people.

Winter Rose Cowl Update

I published this on Saturday and have already had some purchases on it. I’m just incredibly chuffed about this. It is great feeling that someone liked your idea enough to pay you some money for it. Incredibly validating. So even though it is cold and damp and not very nice her this morning, I am having a great floating on air day.