I cast on another shawl! Nurmilintu pattern has a lace chart in it…eek! I’ve never knit from a chart before and so have written out the stitches in my knitting notebook and I started to get confused on the last 3rd of the lace rows, so I referred to the chart and was still confused. As it is my first lace pattern and working from a chart I can’t say there’s an error, but was pleased to read other makers’ notes that they were confused by the chart and they were experienced at lace. I fudged some bits and ended with the right stitch count at the end of the lace section. It will be interesting to see what happens on the next lace section and if I have the same issue.
The yarn is from Coastal Colours and is 50% Yak/50% Mulberry Silk….Oh my this yarn is BEAUTIFUL! The depth of the colours, the sheen of the silk, the drape of even the first small section…..ooooooohhhh I love it so far! It was £28 for 100g/400m, so double the price of normal indie dyed 4ply/fingering weight skeins I buy, but oh my it is luxurious. You can see I’m getting some puckering which doesn’t worry me too much.
Such a Winter’s Day jumper is on hold until my Portuguese Knitting lesson on 7th September to learn the way to switch between knit and purl using that method (fingers crossed).
My hybrid of Rose City Rollers and Hermione’s Everyday Socks patterns were progressing well until I cast on the new shawl, I just love the feel of the yak/silk yarn so much it is hard to pick up the socks.
I blocked my latest pair of HES socks and they are still too small, so I have unpicked the toe section and I’ll re-knit those once my size 2 KnitPro needles are free.
I bought finer reeds at Fibre East so I think I am going to try a 3rd attempt with the 15 dpi. I also had a go with my boat shuttle and that works really well and is much easier than the stick shuttles. I don’t have a tool to wind the yarn on the mini bobbin in the shuttle so did it my hand and I need a quicker solution without buying the expensive Ashford bobbin winder.
I posted a brief blog post on Wednesday evening about an idea I had…not to buy any yarn in 2020! My thoughts are on that other post.
Other than that I’ve been doing more decluttering, dumping and donating. As is usual when I’ve been clearing out stuff I slumped into the blues by Friday. I think it was nearly 3pm before I was dressed and took the dog out ☹️ I’m not sure if it’s the throwing out that lowers my mood or it’s the things I feel guilty not chucking out. Anyhoo, I want to keep progressing with it because I want to get to a point were everything has a place that’s accessible without needing to empty half the cupboard to find things!
Oh I just remembered on Wednesday I did ALL the ironing…literally spent about 6 hours ironing. From now on I’m going to do it weekly!