I wasn’t going to have a fibre or yarn advent this year. I thought ‘I have enough yarn and fibre!’ 🤣😂. Cookston Crafts (yarn) and Adelaide Walker (fibre) released their advents and I managed to resist.
Then on Wednesday Coastal Colours released their fibre advent and it is baby camel and tussah silk blends. If you are a long time follower then you will know this is my absolute favourite fibre to spin. So how could I resist?! Well I couldn’t, I bought it and let my husband know he’s bought one of my Christmas presents 😂. I already have two shawls and a hat in this fibre.
If you are a fairly recent follower and intrigued about this fibre then click here for posts about it. I’m it’s #1 fan.
Well it’s been months since I did anything lampshade related but I did start some prep this week. I have cut out lots of Shetland pre-felt for some 20cm and 25cm shades. I then pulled out larger bits of vegetable matter (VM) from the pre-felt. (The thicker imported merino pre-felt doesn’t have any VM in it, but I use the UK made Shetland one and it does.)
I managed to soak and do some washing of the Shetland X fleece this week. I do not enjoy fleece washing at all. I still have a fair bit to wash and suspect once I’m finished I won’t acquire any more raw fleeces.
I finally got around to steam blocking my Quick Sand #2 so that has its own post with more details and photos.
This week I finished the Lake Reed (free Ravelry pattern) hat for myself. I mentioned before, but I really do love knitting this pattern.
Yarn is Ripples Crafts Oldany DK yarn in crushed blaeberries colour. I’ve used lots of Helen’s yarns before but not this one. It has great stitch definition and is nice and squishy but isn’t super soft. I enjoyed knitting with it and it is comfortable against my forehead.
I then wondered about knitting a jumper with cables, twisted stitches or similar patterning. I like Heidi Kirrmaier’s Winding Down cable jumper pattern and as she offers discount if you buy 4…well I bought 4! (I’ve already knit 4 of hers and now own 9 in total). The others I have just bought are Shellseeker, Ship Shape and Maestro. I have enough West Yorkshire Spinners Croft Shetland Aran wool for Winding Down so can make a start on that soon. Don’t faint but it isn’t purple! Or pink! The swatch is slightly off from the pattern so I need to do some sums.
On Tuesday afternoon I went out on my SUP with a new friend and it was a gorgeous day. I was back in my summer wetsuit, there was blue sky and sunshine. We stopped on the opposite side of the loch and ‘parked up’ and went for a swim/paddle to cool down.
I was back out on Friday with another friend and remembered to take some photos, which I popped on a separate post.
I have paperwork, tree and shrub pruning, weeding, housework and kitchen planning to catch up on, so next week won’t be as creative/crafty.
This is a Year of Projects post. Officially the Group is in its 11th year, but this is my 4th year participating. If you would like to find more about the Year of Projects Group on Ravelry.