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The local show was on last weekend, and I went along for a few hours to have a look at the different happenings. I'd been along already the week before to drop off some of my knitted things, having decided to enter them in.
I hadn't originally planned to enter anything in the show, hence the last-minute decision. I was teaching a knitting class the evening before, and one of the ladies attending also happened to be part of the show society. It came up in conversation, and when she asked if I'd entered anything, I replied that no I hadn't. I went on to add that I didn't think I really had anything worth entering.
She told us how one year they didn't have enough entries in the flower section, so she had to race home and cut some roses and gerberas, just to fill up the display. They ended up winning ribbons, but the main point is that having a full display is what's important. For a little show like ours, it can be hard for them to have the displays nice and full. This year it was, and it was nice to have played a small part in that.
Just as I begin to wonder if the seasons will change, all of a sudden the days are shortening, the afternoons are decidedly chilly and I'm shutting up the house early to trap the warmth and light the fire. The trees have turned golden yellow and are starting to drop their leaves, a little later than last year but lovely none the less. May is a beautiful month, and has always been one of my favourites - up north it was a gorgeous mild month of perfect weather, and here it signals the final month of Autumn before winter truly arrives. L M Montgomery might have been glad to live in a world where there are Octobers, but I will always be glad of May and June.
I originally didn't intend to continue with the Here & Now link up during this year, but I've missed writing the posts and seeing yours, too. It's a nice way of checking in once a month, another way to keep a journal as the year goes on by.
I had the joy recently of visiting a beautiful garden, and amongst all the other gorgeous flowers growing was this patch of echinacea. They are such pretty flowers, I had to take a photo.
April is here and the delicious weather with it - porridge days they should be called as they are not too hot and not too cold, but just right (just like Baby Bear's porridge in the Goldie Locks story). I've been snapping photos here and there and doing lots of knitting, but never quite finding the time to put the photos together with words here on this blog until this afternoon.
The Maple Infinity Scarf has been published and the celebrate I'm hosting a knit-along. We had a lot of fun with our knit-alongs last year so it's lovely to be running the first one for 2019 now.
Maple is a cosy, chunky knit with lots of texture in a relaxing pattern. Broken moss stitch is easy to knit, providing interest and texture. Maple is knitted holding two strands of DK weight yarn together, creating a cuddly fabric and making this a quick knit.
I knitted Maple in two yarns - one sample is worked in silky smooth Novomerino and the other in woolly, squishy WOOLganic. Both yarns work really well with this pattern, each giving slightly different results.
All the info on how to join the KAL is below to make this as simple as possible for you. I hope you'll join us!
March has rolled in alongside the most beautiful weather. Deliciously cool mornings that require socks on my feet if I'm to enjoy my first cup of tea sitting outside, watching the landscape around me change as the sun comes up higher over the hills. As the fog fades and the birdsong gets progressively noisier before they decide they've well and truly had their say, the sun strengthens and by mid-morning it's a gorgeous warm day. I so love this time of year. It's the perfect blend of everything - cool and warmth - all rolled into one.
Although it might not feel like it right now as day time temperatures are still up quite high, the proper cold will soon arrive and with that thought, I feel like knitting so many snuggly things. I've cast on a rainbow shawl for myself, finally using a kit that I got as a treat at the end of Knitfest last year. All of the yarns in the kit are hand dyed, a mixture of merino, alpaca and silk. Upon reading through the pattern that came with the kit, I sadly don't have enough of the contrast colours to make the shawl properly. In the end, I'm supposed to knit twenty-six lace panels between twenty-six garter stitch panels.
I finished my Doocot jumper last week and as the weather has now gone rather cool (for February) I took the chance to get some photos of it. I'm very happy with this jumper, it's turned out exactly how I wanted it to. I've been wanting something cropped to wear with dresses and skirts for ages now, but there never seems to be anything suitable in the shops.
I changed a couple of things to make this jumper perfect, which is one of the great things about knitting your own clothes - personalisation. The original pattern featured a much wider band of rib, starting higher up the body. I decided from the get-go that I'd knit the stocking stitch part longer, and keep the ribband thinner. I'm glad that I did, as the finished jumper matches perfectly with everything I hoped it would.
I was just about to sit down and do some knitting on my jumper when I noticed how well it coordinated with the embroidery on the tablecloth (which you actually can't see in any of these photos) and how lovely and golden it looked in the last drops of sunlight. So I thought I'd snap a photo and write a quick blog post before dinner.
I'm trying to blog more in 2019 as I really enjoy it and I just didn't get to post here as much as I would have liked in 2018. I realise I'm not off to a very strong start, which is why I thought I'd jump on and publish this.
I'm very, very nearly finished this jumper and I am so excited with the anticipation of seeing it freshly finished and blocked, ready to wear. I don't always block my garments when I finish them, but this one is sporting a few wrinkles after being scrunched up inside my project bag. It makes my tension look slightly uneven which bothers my knitting self, so blocked it shall be!
I'm at the delicious part of knitting a garment where it's nearly finished. I have trouble putting them down when they reach this point as the excitement starts to build. The other half of my mind can't help but think that there's no rush to finish, as Autumn isn't here yet. But I love that as soon as that first cool day arrives, the one that has you reaching for something warm to put on, I'll be able to reach for something I knitted by hand.
I'm trying a new way of making this year. I'm trying to have fewer projects on the go at once. My plan is probably laughable, as generally speaking, I'm not a knitter with a project problem. At the most, I've only ever had 6 on the go at once, and as knitting is my only craft I know that this sounds like a tiny amount to some. My happy place used to be to have three to four projects on my needles at the same time. But lately, I've felt the need for change. I'm going to experiment with only having one major project happening at once. When I've finished knitting one, I will start the next. I'll only double up when I'm also working on a design for a pattern.
Hello! How are you going? Did you have a good New Year & Christmas? I spent most of my break knitting, and since the New Year it's been all systems go here with the Pop-up shop. I opened that 2 weeks ago and have just 2 weeks left. January is going by in a bit of a whirl! I'll write more about the pop-up shop another day, today I wanted to share with you my first pattern for 2019. I published my Mini Jumper pattern on the weekend and am very excited at how well it's been received!
These little jumpers are a lot of fun to make and measure just 11 - 10 cm long from the hem to the neck. They make lovely little decorations and are just too cute! These are knitted in-the-round from the bottom up, a similar construction to full-sized jumpers knitted in that way...so if you'd like to knit yourself a garment but are feeling a bit frightened, why not knit one of these minis first to get a feel for how garments go together?