I have ordered some yarn! For a mini lap sized Havana.
My test lap blanket will include:
- Cascade 20 – 100% wool yarn
- Paintbox Aran – 50% wool/50% acrylic
- Paintbox – 100% acrylic (already in my stash from the Minion dungerees, which was the wrong colour).
Here’s my thinking…make this mini blanket use it daily and then see how each of yarns perform. Then when I buy the big volume for my full sized Havana I will know I’m going to be happy with whichever fibre of yarn I choose! Excuses excuses. Environmentally I am still thinking 100% wool, but acrylic is tempting on a number of different factors, including price.
Well it’s been an exciting week! On Tuesday a local Gallery has accepted my lampshades, fairies and some ornaments to sell. The terms are the same as the shop I had previously been selling at, so I’m really pleased. Whilst the owner was listing the fairies someone bought 2! Then on Thursday I was asked me to make some more lampshades, as she’d sold 2 and had another lady picking one. So, I have started prepping some new ones. 4 x 25cm and 5 x 20cm.
I have updated my lampshades page with more details about the shades and fibres.
As the gallery already has quite a lot of local scarf suppliers, this week I have also set up an Etsy shop to sell those. I won’t be making any more scarves for the time being. At the moment my sales are limited to the UK but I may extend to postage abroad if there is interest. My previous blog post has some more details and I have updated my blog pages with links to my Etsy shop and details of the gallery.
In the evenings I will start making some fairies again too.
I finished my socks and wore them on Wednesday! (So apologies for the dirty socks photo!) These are the first pair I’ve done with different colours and I didn’t realise I should have turned the heel with that 2nd colour as well. They are comfortable, and I don’t seem to feel where the ends are woven in. I wash my hand-knit socks in the washing machine and I’m a wee bit anxious the toes will fall off, is this irrational or possible?
With a tiny amount of the contrasting sock yarn I knit a mini jumper! How cute is this!! I thought I’d have a little play around with mosaic knitting, thus the weird pattern like a viaduct 😂
I’ve made a decision to cut down on my knitting time, and instead concentrate on felting things to sell, knitting or weaving presents and just knit some smaller projects from my YOP list. But not cast on a new jumper or cardigan for a while. I get obsessed with one project and I’m very driven to finish it as soon as I can, so a big garment will be a distraction.
I have started on the Hat Vent 2019 pattern by Jodi from the Grocery Girls podcast. I’ve made 1.5 so far, using homespun. I’ll show a photo when I have some more done.
Aldi had an online offer, a couple of weeks ago, for a dressmakers mannequin. This week I was looking at some handmade clothes in handwoven cloth and I decided to see if Aldi still had them in stock, they did so I’ve ordered one. I don’t believe even 2nd hand I’d get such a good price so I’d kick myself if I’d missed the chance. It is adjustable upto a size UK12/14 (US8/10), so should also motivate me to not get any bigger!
I need to get myself organised with setting up a BritSpin team for the Guild, registration is now open but I keep forgetting to sit down and write it up and send it out to the members.
The government have an initiative, during August, if you eat inside a participating restaurant on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday then you get 50% off your bill upto £10 per person. So on Wednesday evening we went to a nearby hotel (that now allows dogs in the bar) for dinner and I have to say my anxiety at eating inside just ruined the meal. Well to be honest the food wasn’t great either. I don’t mind eating outside but inside felt totally different and not enjoyable. The staff weren’t wearing masks or visors and they were clustered together at the bar chatting at one point. I don’t mind going in takeaways or shops because everyone is masked. My introverted nature just reached a new level and it will be a long time before I am back inside a restaurant eating.
My short term memory has also hit an all time low. I’d give you some examples from this week…if I could remember them!! You are probably thinking it can’t be that bad as I’ve written these blog posts each week…truth be told I draft them over the week and publish on Sundays. Any tips for improving short term memory are welcomed.
Oh and is anyone else experiencing crazy high numbers of moths this year? All my yarn, fibre and jumpers and cardigans are already in sealed bags inside drawers with moth repellent. I opened the bathroom cabinet earlier and one was sleeping on my shower cap! A friend on the north coast of Scotland has said she’s seen lots this year too. Wrap up your wool folks…this is 2020…tails of moth eaten wool is the last thing we need!
This is a Year of Projects post. Officially the Group’s 10th year, but my 3rd year participating. To avoid confusion I am labelling my posts as YOP10. If you would like to find more about the Year of Projects Group on Ravelry or you’d like to join in, please follow the link for details. The YOP year runs from July to June.