Where did this week go? I finished my socks but that’s it! Oh that’s a lie, I finished the surprise which I can’t show until next week.
So here’s my socks…my 3rd pair of Hermione’s Everyday socks in West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4 ply yarn in the wood pigeon colour-way. It is a blend of unspecified wool 40%, blue faced Leicester 35% and nylon 25%. You’ll notice on the toe that I was ever so slightly off making a perfect pair, ah well that’ll be in a shoe or slipper. The row count was the same but I obviously misjudged the 2nd cast on.
My last few finished objects have all been fingering weight, so I am definitely ready for a new yarn weight. I didn’t get a chance to knit my swatch with the Cochrane yarn, so I will do that Sunday afternoon and next week you will see what pattern I have finally decided on. It’s sport weight so it isn’t a big difference, but it feels nice and wooly/woolley/woolly (how do you spell that, seriously even the spell checker doesn’t know lol???). Anyway it isn’t superwash and has no nylon in it so I am looking forward to the feel of a nice squishy yarn.
Erm…talking of soft squishy yarn, I still have Void on my needles…no progress made on that this week and I think I’m going to park it for a while…I keep considering just casting it off, but I must resist the urge. So I think parking it for a while will help and by next autumn I will have a lovely huge soft alpaca shawl to snuggle in.
This week I discovered Kristy Glass Knits YouTube channel and through that I have found some more ideas of things I would like to make and some really interesting interviews with designers, yarn store owners, indie dyers etc. Plus a really interesting and helpful chat with a group of friends about diversity that I found so helpful in understanding some of the terminology that people have been mentioning.
One of Kristy’s interviews is with Carolyn Bloom. Not someone I had heard of before, but she has designed some gorgeous crochet and knitted brioche items. She has also done some gorgeous photos of yarn with fresh flowers and other gorgeous photos. I don’t normally share blog posts I have watched but this lady had so many things that have inspired me I thought I’d share. She has knit blankets that are inspired by quilt patterns, really yummy brioche scarves, an interesting spotted crochet blanket I prefer to Northeasterly and I am considering doing instead, also as its crochet it would be a nice change from knitting.
I am going to try doing some brioche with some of my homespun purple and pink yarn! Brioche is on this year’s YOP list, so a small project with some homespun seems a good idea for a first attempt.
No wet felting, dyeing or spinning this week!!! No real spring cleaning either! Seriously, what have I done this week! I watched the Oscars on Monday…did aliens abduct me the rest of the week? Off topic but…although I wasn’t that struck on the movie “The Favourite”, I love Olivia Coleman and have seen her acceptance speech 3 times and cried each time!
I posted out sets of stitch markers to 4 fellow bloggers and by Saturday I had confirmation that a set had arrived safely to Arizona. Hopefully the others did/will.
Two other people are interested in them, so I will make up some more. (Please check your junk email folder if you think you didn’t receive my replies 🙂)
Finally, last year I joined in with the Tour de Fleece competition in the team ‘More Enthusiasm than Skill’ and won a Handy Andy!!!! It was being hand turned by a men’s shed group near our team captain, so it was a bit of a wait for it to be done. It arrived on Saturday so I need to work out (via YouTube) what on earth I do with it! I know, I’ve had months to do research on it but hey ho! I learn best by doing. I’ll let you know next week what you do with it!! Hopefully I am going to meet some of the ladies from my TdF team in June, when I am visiting my sister, and there’s a fibre festival on nearby they usually attend.