I did a separate post this week regarding the Fair Isle course I did and purchases made at Dornoch Fibre fest.
We were making headbands, but I have sewn a long edge of mine and will felt the inside ends to use as a DPN project holder for the needles.
This week we have had torrential rain every single day, so lots of knitting done. I fancied a couple of chunky wool projects this week, so I made a Swirly Smooshy chunky beanie hat with a skein of Rowan Big Wool Colour. When I posted this on Instagram someone mentioned it looking like smarties which it totally does! (Chunky wool projects to make room in my stash for new yarn I bought lol.)
I learned how to do herringbone stitch and made a head warmer/neck warmer without a pattern. I just cast on 18 stitches and worked the skein of yarn leaving just enough to sew it in the round. I can honestly say I can’t imagine doing another project in herringbone stitch, its such an effort and as I was losing the will (and the tension) the little ‘V’s have started looking lopsided. See on the right side how even they are and then on the left they get more and more uneven. However, ooh this is by far the softest squishiest yarn I have ever used. Softer than my cashmere gloves. Its 70% baby alpaca and 30% merino. Soft soft soft.
I bought a fair isle hat kit at Dornoch, so made a start on that and ooh its addictive. My tension/gauge is quite a lot looser than my normal knitting so I think it will be a loose slouchy hat on me. Its great for practicing holding the yarns in each hand. I am holding main colour in right and throwing/English style knitting and the contrast colours in my left and picking/Continental style knitting. Here’s how it looked Saturday before it got too dark. I have my own sea glass stitch markers where each chart repeat starts.
On Saturday I attended a lampshade making course. Now it isn’t dry yet, so obviously not able to line it and attach it to the frame, so there’ll be a separate post with more details and it ironed, trimmed and mounted on the lining/frame, but here’s a sneak peak. Its supposed to look like choppy sea and a wave, but its looking darker as its still wet and hard to see the detail at the moment…in fact why am I including it!!!
I’ve printed the pattern for Elda, but still not cast it on yet, as I’m hooked on my fair isle hat. Also haven’t finished my pink felted jacket yet. I have bought a silk blouse on Ebay that’s 2 sizes larger than me and I plan to make another jacket, one that hopefully when felted/shrunk will be able to button close.
This week I started watching the ‘Knitting Vicariously’ podcast by Dunderknit on YouTube, she swears a bit and if that isn’t your thing it probably isn’t for you, but I like how she comes across.
On dog walks I have been listening to the ‘Ologies’ podcast and as someone who didn’t enjoy science at school I am amazed how interesting and entertaining I am finding them. She’s been recording episodes since 2017 every 2 weeks and is still recording them…there are a lot of ologies out there. I started at the beginning with Volcanology and have listened to 7 episodes so far. She interviews different ologists and inserts layman explanations which are super helpful. She also swears so not really young child friendly, which is a shame as they are so educational but entertaining. Anyway, thought I’d share it with you, as I got this recommendation from another blogger.
If you are wondering what my husband’s hobbies are…watching sport is top of the list. As I am writing this here he is watching football on his iPad whilst watching rugby on the TV!