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October 17, 2012

The weather has been absolutely freezing up here recently. I think we’re in for a cold winter this year, which means plenty of opportunities for wearing cosy knits!

The cosy lacey tunic I’m working on hasn’t made much progress this week, no more that a row or two here and there. Most of my energy is being funneled into my shawl which I’m really hoping to finish soon. I have come to a dilema though. I’m not sure whether I whould rip back a bit and make it a slightly smaller one skein shawl, or continue going and let it be a big cosy shawl. The third option is to do both and offer two sizes, which I think is what I am leaning most towards right now. Let me know what you think!

My brother’s birthday present for me and my husband was John Lewis vouchers, so we went shopping yesterday and got this huge pile of yarn! The dark grey is for my husband. He’s getting a Basel hat, provided I can alter it a little to fit his 24″ head and he’s getting a pair of gloves, although I’m making them fingerless and possibly with a shorter cuff. The blue and light grey are for me. I’m making myself fingerless gloves and a hat too, but I’m working out my own colourwork pattern for them. I can’t find any hat patterns where I like both the pattern and the shape of the hat, so I’m taking matters into my own hands!

I’m reading again this week. I felt like I’d fallen out of the habit of reading, so to get myself back into it, I treated myself to a new book on the Kindle. I’m reading The Belgariad by David Eddings, and I’ve only just started the first book. I love this series and I’ve probably read it about five or six times in the last decade. It’s good to catch up with old friends from time to time.

This is my Year of Projects update again, as well as WIP Wednesday and Yarn Along with Tami and Ginny!

October 3, 2012

I decided to combine my Year of Projects, WIP Wednesday and Yarn Along posts this week. I’ve been doing a lot of work on my designs that I can’t show you, so I decided to wait till I could be more interesting! I’m hoping for a special package in the post today. I have a set of KnitPro Interchangeable needles, which I really love using but they’re nickle plated and don’t react well with my skin. I don’t have a serious allergy – I’ve heard of some people that get itchy or numb hands and arms from their needles – but my needles do tarnish very quickly and feel sticky so I end up polishing them every day or two. I’ve ordered myself a Chiagoo 4mm fixed circular to try out. They’re stainless steel so shouldn’t cause me any problems, but I’ll let you know all about it when it gets here!

Steve still isn’t finished, but I’ve cast on something new. I’m knitting my monsters with 3.5mm needles and dk yarn at a very tight guage so that the stuffing doesn’t poke through and my shawl with 4mm needles and fingering weight yarn, so I’ve cast on something to give my hands a break. I’ve started my second lacey tunic in aran yarn. With the last one I went around and picked up the cast on stitches and added a moss stitch border which I really like, so this time I added the moss stitch border from the start. I also used a new (to me) cast on called the “Old Norwegian”. It’s a variant on the long tail cast on and I really like how it looks. I went up a couple of needle sizes for the cast on and it feels nice and stable yet stretchy.

I haven’t been reading much this week, but I did get a new book last week. It’s Cast On, Bind Off by Leslie Ann Bestor. I really love this book. The spiral binding is perfect for a craft book and saves you needing to prop it open, and the photos that guide you through the steps and really clear and easy to follow. This is, of course, where I learnt about the Old Norwegian cast on.

As always check out Tami’s and Ginny’s for more WIP Wednesdays and Yarn Alongs.

September 24, 2012

Well, this has been a pretty busy week for me, although I don’t have much knitting to show you. I’ve moved my blog again, sorry! Everything forwards you to here though, so you shouldn’t get lost (I hope!). I’ve decided that I’m just going to use my own name on my designs – which is what I was doing anyway – and that having to work Kingfisher Knits in complicated things for me, and why make things more complicated anyway? So the blog is now on blog.lizcorke.com and hopefully the website will be finished in a couple of weeks – it’s looking great so far! I’ve also got my facebook page up and running, so you can head over and like it, twitter is still running – if you’re on twitter, let me know – I need people to follow, and I’ve started up a Ravelry group here which desperately needs members!

Holly is finished! Isn’t she cute? I really like how she’s turned out, although it was tricky to get the feet on in the right place. She doesn’t balance very well either but that just adds character, as does the slightly off center tummy button! Poor Holly had pins in her bum to hold her up for the photos! I’m really happy with how she’s tuned out. Only six more monsters to go!

Steve has an arm now, to go with his body and single leg. It was too late last night to take photos though, so you’ll have to wait till Wednesday. Last week I mostly worked on my new design, until I realised that I’d completely forgotten about the symetry of it, and that it wasn’t going to work as I had it! I’ve started swatching a new idea, but then I ran out of the yarn I was using to swatch! Hopefully this week I’ll get the swatch done, the design redone, and get the shawl cast on again this week.

Year of Projects Lists 2012-13

Shawls

Semele
Buds of May
Colour Affection
Blue Jean Wrap
at least six more

Hats

Calorimetry
Autumn Vines Beret
Quick Cable Slouch Hat/Lotus Hat
Maybe a hat for my husband

Cowls

Two or three (or more) but no patterns picked yet

Vests

Vestpa (may change this one, since stockinette is not exciting)
Twisted stitch cables – Circe Vest
Cables –  Green Day

Jumpers/Tops

One with cables – maybe Collins or something similar.
One with stripes – Tubey
Lacey Tunic

Fingerless Gloves

A couple of pairs with cables – Swirling Gauntlets
New Era (I will get these right if it kills me!)

Extras

Use up cotton for face cloths – 88 yrds/574 yrds used!
Use up Stash – 137.4 yards used!
Do more colour work!

In Progress

Steve
Quentin
Daphne and Delilah
Dandelion on a Meadow Mystery KAL

Finished Projects

Holly
Young Einstein
Momijigari – gift
Ravellenics Shawl

September 17, 2012

I have a very colourful post for you today. I had a friend over at the weekend, which influenced the knitting I could do – plain stockinette in the round is the best thing ever for social knitting, and I’m really glad I’ve learnt to knit without looking – it meant I could chat and watch Strictly Come Dancing at the same time as knitting!

First up, Young Eistein is finished! I really love how it’s turned out. Hopefully it’ll be a good fit with some growing room. I used Rowan Handknit Cotton, which is sold in the UK as DK, but is really much closer to a worsted weight. It’s really soft and it shouldn’t have any problems in the wash. I really like the shade of green too, although it’s been pretty hard to get right in photos! I have a bit of a thing for buttons but these airplanes are particularly cute! I also like that they don’t all point directly up, although that was the way they were sewn on. I think it might be the seed stitch bumps that change how they sit, but I really like the result.

Holly is pretty much finished, but she’s still in pieces. Her feet are tied around her neck so they don’t get lost. I’ll get her put together soon although I never really look forward to it. I try to leave the tails long enough that I can use them to sew the parts together. I’m not sure who’s going to get this one yet. I’ll probably wait until I’ve got all the rest finished and seen what colours they are.

Ivy was the next monster I started. I think though, that this monster will end up going to the friend that was over at the weekend because purple is her favourite colour, so I put the body on a couple of dpns so I could have the needles back for something else.  I really like this shade of purple. I think Ivy is going to have to wait until I’ve finished Steve now though. It’s easier to focus on one monster at a time!

Steve is going to be yellow. I cast him on on Saturday so I could work on him instead of Ivy while I was chatting and watching TV. I though that Steve would be made the same way as Quincy, with sock style feet, but he actually just uses knit increases to form the feet. I just need to kitchener stitch up the bottom of the foot and then I can move on to the next one.

My shawl plans are beginning to make sense at last so I’m hoping to get it all charted and cast on this week.

Year of Projects Lists 2012-13

Shawls

Semele
Buds of May
Colour Affection
Blue Jean Wrap
at least six more

Hats

Calorimetry
Autumn Vines Beret
Quick Cable Slouch Hat/Lotus Hat
Maybe a hat for my husband

Cowls

Two or three (or more) but no patterns picked yet

Vests

Vestpa (may change this one, since stockinette is not exciting)
Twisted stitch cables – Circe Vest
Cables –  Green Day

Jumpers/Tops

One with cables – maybe Collins or something similar.
One with stripes – Tubey
Lacey Tunic

Fingerless Gloves

A couple of pairs with cables – Swirling Gauntlets
New Era (I will get these right if it kills me!)

Extras

Use up cotton for face cloths – 88 yrds/574 yrds used!
Use up Stash – 137.4 yards used!
Do more colour work!

In Progress

Young Einstein
Holly
Quentin
Daphne and Delilah
Dandelion on a Meadow Mystery KAL

Finished Projects

Momijigari – gift
Ravellenics Shawl

September 3, 2012

Last week was a very busy week for me – I released my second pattern, Storm Warning, and the HPKCHC started a new term on Saturday so I’ve been working out how to fit the things I want to do into classes. I’m having a giveaway for one copy of the Storm Warning here, the closing date is September 4th (tomorrow!) so this is your last chance to enter. I wrote about my design process on Friday, and you can check it out here if you’re interested!

I also (finally) cast on Young Einstein last week. I’ve finished the body of the cardigan now and I just have the sleeves and the collar to go. I really hate picking up stitches, and I have to pick up all the cast on stitches to knit the collar from them. I really wish that I’d followed my first idea and used a provisional cast on, but I’ll make this work. I’m knitting it with Rowan Handknit Cotton, which is sold as a DK but is really more of a worsted in weight. It feels really soft and shouldn’t be hard to care for at all. I am knitting quite tight though and my left index finger, which I use to tension my yarn was feeling some strain on Saturday night so I put it aside for a couple of days.

My plans for the rest of the month are to get at least three of my monsters done for Christmas presents and make one more project bag. There’s an excellent prompt for a cowl, so if I can get an idea fastened down I’ll hopefully get that design done because the idea has been niggling at me for a while! I have to get another two shawls done for birthday presents by the end of November, but that shouldn’t be too hard. Quincey and Daphne will hopefully both get finished at some point in the next two months!

The biggest plan I have is to get my latest shawl down on paper and then knitted. I have an idea for how I want the shawl to look in my head, but no idea how to get it down on paper. I think it would be easiest to chart from the bottom up, although it’ll be knitted from the top down. So that means my first task is to work out how many stitches I want to start with. I don’t want to blog about this one too much as I go because I don’t want you to get bored, but I’ll take plenty of photos and share the process at the end!

Year of Projects Lists 2012-13

Shawls

Semele
Buds of May
Colour Affection
Blue Jean Wrap
at least six more

Hats

Calorimetry
Autumn Vines Beret
Quick Cable Slouch Hat/Lotus Hat
Maybe a hat for my husband

Cowls

Two or three (or more) but no patterns picked yet

Vests

Vestpa (may change this one, since stockinette is not exciting)
Twisted stitch cables – Circe Vest
Cables –  Green Day

Jumpers/Tops

One with cables – maybe Collins or something similar.
One with stripes – Tubey
Lacey Tunic
Fingerless Gloves

A couple of pairs with cables – Swirling Gauntlets
New Era (I will get these right if it kills me!)

Extras

Use up cotton for face cloths – 88 yrds/574 yrds used!
Use up Stash – 137.4 yards used!
Do more colour work!

In Progress

Young Einstein
Holly
Quentin
Daphne and Delilah
Dandelion on a Meadow Mystery KAL

Finished Projects

Momijigari – gift
Ravellenics Shawl

August 27, 2012

Mondays are always so much effort! I love my weekend lie ins, and getting up early in the morning is not my favourite thing to do. I’m a night owl really, but if I get to work by eight I can go home at four and that is definitely worth it to me!

I still haven’t cast on for the baby cardigan. I must be a really tight knitter because I can never get guage. I got 22 stitches with my 4.5mm needles and 21 stitches with my 5mm needles. What I need is 20 stitches, and I really don’t want to go up another needle size because then I think it will be too tight. I’m going to wash the swatch, cross my fingers and hope that it loosens up for me. I’m aiming to get it finished by the 15th of September, because another friend will be able to take it down to the new mother for me, which would be better than posting it.

Quincy has one leg. I’m pretty happy with how it’s turned out. It used a fraction less than one repeat, so his legs will be slightly miss-matching.I really like how the foot has turned out. It was a little tricky when I was picking up stitches on the heel, and I think I might have made a couple of mistakes but the stitch count was right all the time and there’s no stuffing showing through, so I’m happy with it. I think I might stuff the bottom half of his body a bit more and see if that can give him a little more shape. I think arms will help with that too. The face is still undecided though. He’s safety pinned together for now to make sure I don’t loose any parts!

I got some new yarn on Friday. It’s Fyberspates Rustic charm and absolutely gorgeous. The yarn is a Blue Faced Leicester/Cashmere/Silk blend and I’m really looking forward to knitting with it. It’s going to be my next shawl and the ideas for the design are rapidly changing and undergoing development in my head. This is going to be my OWL for the September – November HPKCHC term. It took me about three hours to turn the first skein into a center pull ball. I showed my husband a video of someone using a swift and a ball winder to make which he thought was pretty amazing, so I have a swift and a ball winder on the way for my birthday present! They’re coming from America but hopefully they’ll be here in the next three weeks. All the rest of my skeins can wait until then! I’m on a yarn diet for the next few months too now…

I’m starting to think about Christmas presents now. I’m doing mixed bags or boxes for the girls again, which is always a lot of fun. I’ve already got body sprays from the Body Shop for everyone – we went to the outlet store on the way back from our holiday and got them for about half price. My soap making book has just arrived at home so I’m looking forward to reading that later and making soap for everyone, and I’ve chosen the toys I’m going to make. Last year I made everyone a little knit bunny. This year I’m going to make Holly, Ivy and Steve. I’ve had the pattern a little while. It’s for sock yarn, but I’ll be using my acrylic dk stash. I think they’re super cute. I have two groups of three – three friends, and my two sisters in law, plus brother in laws girlfriend, so they’ll I’ll make all the monsters twice, then pick my favourite a third time for my brother’s girlfriend.

Year of Projects Lists 2012-13

Shawls

Semele
Laodice – gift
Buds of May
Colour Affection
Blue Jean Wrap
at least six more

Hats

Calorimetry
Autumn Vines Beret
Quick Cable Slouch Hat/Lotus Hat
Maybe a hat for my husband

Cowls

Two or three (or more) but no patterns picked yet

Vests

Vestpa (may change this one, since stockinette is not exciting)
Twisted stitch cables – Circe Vest
Cables –  Green Day

Jumpers/Tops

One with cables – maybe Collins or something similar.
One with stripes – Tubey
Lacey Tunic
Fingerless Gloves

A couple of pairs with cables – Swirling Gauntlets
New Era (I will get these right if it kills me!)

Extras

Use up cotton for face cloths – 88 yrds/574 yrds used!
Use up Stash – 137.4 yards used!
Do more colour work!

In Progress

Quentin
Daphne and Delilah
Dandelion on a Meadow Mystery KAL

Finished Projects

Momijigari – gift
Ravellenics Shawl

August 20, 2012

I’m getting back into regular blogging again. Holidays always throw my routine off and getting back into it can be tricky! My knitting hasn’t quite been going to plan either but plans are over rated anyway!

This week I’ve cast on something new. It’s not a sock, although he does look like one at this stage! This is Quentin and I’m nearly at the point where I can start to close the top. He’s 7″ long so far and when I get to 8″ I’ll go back and count my rows. Some of the stripes are a bit longer than I was expecting but I like how he’s turning out just the same. I’m using Wendy Happy yarn in Scorpio. I really like the yarn – it’s a bamboo/nylon blend, and should be machine washable. I don’t really want to make toys that can’t go in the sewing machine!

I really needed to do some plain knitting this weekend, since nothing seemed to be working out for me recently. I’ve got three balls of Wendy Happy so there may also be a Quade and a Quincey in my future. I’ve never used such small needles before, and I’m not quite sure why I bought a pair of 2.25mm needles in the first place, but I’m glad I’ve got them now!

As for the other things on the needles. Daphne is still languishing. I haven’t had her out recently because I didn’t want to deal with two colours of yarn. I also suspect that I’ve been pulling my floats too tight, and I might be better off frogging a few stripes. The Mystery KAL is giving me problems too. When I did the Rocketship Shawl ages ago, I had problems with loose stitches where I changed from knit to purl, and I’m having the same problems now. Knitting tighter helps a bit, but I’m a tight knitter anyway so making an effort to knit tighter on those changes hurts my hands. I might from this one and start again with a smaller needle which might help. I don’t have problems with swapping between knit and purl with thicker yarns, so I think it’s mostly a consequence of using larger needles for a nice drapey lace shawl.

The pattern testing for the shawl you haven’t seen yet, seems to be going well, without too many problems being thrown up. I haven’t got yarn yet for the next design that’s been buzzing around my head for a month. I’m trying to find a really nice green – I seem to be stuck on green just now, lol, so I’m going to wait till Friday and see what’s in the Posh Yarn preview. I also got yarn this weekend. One of my friends has just had a little boy, so I’ve got some green (there it is again!) cotton coming that I’ll use for a Young Einstien. I’m making the 6 month size so that there’s growing room and if I can get it done by the 15th of September, which shouldn’t be too hard, I’ll see another friend that can take it down to her. He might also get Quincey if he’s done on time and I can successfully sew on baby safe eyes. Yarn is also coming for a second Lacey Tunic. This one I’m doing with aran weight wool, so I should get guage this time. I’m going to do it with the cowl neck too, and hopefully have enough yarn for three quarter or full length sleeves.

Year of Projects Lists 2012-13

Shawls

Semele
Laodice – gift
Buds of May
Colour Affection
Blue Jean Wrap
at least six more

Hats

Calorimetry
Autumn Vines Beret
Quick Cable Slouch Hat/Lotus Hat
Maybe a hat for my husband

Cowls

Two or three (or more) but no patterns picked yet

Vests

Vestpa (may change this one, since stockinette is not exciting)
Twisted stitch cables – Circe Vest
Cables –  Green Day

Jumpers/Tops

One with cables – maybe Collins or something similar.
One with stripes – Tubey
First raglan – Blisco

Fingerless Gloves

A couple of pairs with cables – Swirling Gauntlets
New Era (I will get these right if it kills me!)

Extras

Use up cotton for face cloths – 88 yrds/574 yrds used!
Use up Stash – 137.4/8300 yards used!
Do more colour work!

In Progress

Quentin
Daphne and Delilah
Dandelion on a Meadow Mystery KAL

Finished Projects

Momijigari – gift
Ravellenics Shawl

August 5, 2012

I’m posting on Sunday for a change, because we’re away for a few days next week. I have to write and schedule Fridays FO post too, but there won’t be one for Wednesday because it’ll just be a copy of this! We’re hoping for good weather while we’re away, the last couple of times we’ve had loads of rain.

I’m hopefully going to be casting on for a Mystery Shawl this week. I’m joining in Lily Go’s Dandelion on a Meadow Mystery KAL, so if you don’t want to see photos let me know, and I’ll just put links to the photos in my posts! I really love her designs, but I’ve never taken part in a mystery KAL before. I decided to go for this one because it’s a bottom up crescent shaped  shawl which are my favourite style to knit. I have some nice dark brown Knit Picks Palette yarn just waiting in my stash for me to have the time.

My Ravellenics Shawl is still making progress and I’m over halfway through now. I love how it’s going! at the half way mark it was 24″ long which was exactly what I was aiming for. The shawl should wrap round and overlap nicely without needing to be blocked too much. I really just want to block the lacy edge so that it sits nicely, without flattening or distorting the cable pattern. The beads mean this won’t be the easiest project to work on next week because of the beads and I won’t be able to work on it in the car at all, but I should still have time to finish it when I get back before the end of the Olympics.

Daphne is still going well although slowly because I’m only working on her right before bed. She’ll probably be my car knitting project tomorrow with nice easy stripes. I haven’t got round to buying more safety eyes yet, but I’ll have to do that before I can finish Delilah the baby pocket monster.

I also (just in case you haven’t read my blog this week) published my first pattern, Flying Without Wings, this week and I changed my blog’s name to Kingfisher Knits. There was already a Yarnberry linked as the source for another pattern on Ravelry so I wanted to change to something unique – plus I love kingfishers and it’s a nicely alliterative title!

Year of Projects Lists 2012-13

Shawls

Semele
Laodice – gift
Buds of May
Colour Affection
Blue Jean Wrap
at least six more

Hats

Calorimetry
Autumn Vines Beret
Quick Cable Slouch Hat/Lotus Hat
Maybe a hat for my husband

Cowls

Two or three (or more) but no patterns picked yet

Vests

Vestpa (may change this one, since stockinette is not exciting)
Twisted stitch cables – Circe Vest
Cables –  Green Day

Jumpers/Tops

One with cables – maybe Collins or something similar.
One with stripes – Tubey
First raglan – Blisco

Fingerless Gloves

A couple of pairs with cables – Swirling Gauntlets
New Era (I will get these right if it kills me!)

Extras

Use up cotton for face cloths – 88 yrds/574 yrds used!
Use up acrylic – 137.4/8300 yards used! (I’m making serious hints to my husband about The Big Book of Knitted Monsters for my birthday!)
Do more colour work!

In Progress

Daphne and Delilah
Ravellenics Shawl

Finished Projects

Momijigari – gift

July 30, 2012

Four weeks finished already! This year is going to fly by! Momijigari is blocking at last, but I procrastinated all weekend and only got round to pinning it out last night. Hopefully it’ll be dry by the time I get home and photos can be done. It was one of the most awkward things I have ever blocked! I think the problem was mostly the difference between the amount of stretch in the horizontal and vertical garter stitch. Blocking wires are definitely on my wish list now, although I think I read something somewhere about using thread as blocking wires that I’ll have to look up.

My Ravellenics shawl is nicely underway. I’m really happy with how it looks so far, and I’m looking forward to sharing it with you when it’s done. I want to keep it secret till then! I really love the yarn I’m using. It’s a 50/50 merino/silk blend and it’s so gorgeously soft and the colours are so gorgeous it’s a joy to work with. This is the skien I bought myself when I was buying yarn for my friends shawls. I was a bit stuck with what to go with it since I only have 400 yards, but I think this is the perfect way to get the best yardage from it and it’s showing off the skien  beautifully. I’m finding it really difficult to work out how long and deep the shawl will end up so I’m weighing and measuring compulsively! So far I’ve used up a quarter of my yarn and it’s 15″ long and 9.5″ deep so I know it’ll be over 30″ before blocking.

Last up I’ve cast on for Daphne and Delila. My Ravellenics Shawl uses bed and isn’t very portable so this will fill that gap. I am not a pink person. I bought the yarn mostly to balance out the colours in the blanket that will never be. So I’m doing pink and green stripes which is a combination I’ve seen quite a few people using recently and loved. I’ve got three stripes done on the first foot so far and I really like how it looks. Hopefully there’ll be a lot more to see on Wednesday!

Year of Projects Lists 2012-13

Shawls

Semele
Laodice – gift
Buds of May
Colour Affection
Blue Jean Wrap
at least six more

Hats

Calorimetry
Autumn Vines Beret
Quick Cable Slouch Hat/Lotus Hat
Maybe a hat for my husband

Cowls

Two or three (or more) but no patterns picked yet

Vests

Vestpa (may change this one, since stockinette is not exciting)
Twisted stitch cables – Circe Vest
Cables –  Green Day

Jumpers/Tops

One with cables – maybe Collins or something similar.
One with stripes – Tubey
First raglan – Blisco

Fingerless Gloves

A couple of pairs with cables – Swirling Gauntlets
New Era (I will get these right if it kills me!)

Extras

Use up cotton for face cloths – 88 yrds/574 yrds used!
Use up acrylic – 137.4/8300 yards used! (I’m making serious hints to my husband about The Big Book of Knitted Monsters for my birthday!)
Do more colour work!

In Progress

Daphne and Delila
Ravellenics Shawl

Finished Projects

Momijigari – gift

July 23, 2012

I had a great weekend and I hope you all did too! On Saturday my husband, parents, both brothers and my brother’s girlfriend all went out for dinner and had a great time. We hadn’t all been out together since my mum’s birthday in March so it was good to be able to sit down all together and chat.

I also got a good bit of knitting done. Momijigari has made good progress and it’s starting to speed up at last on the narrowing side. I’m hoping to get this finished by Friday so that I can focus on my Ravellenics project. Sideways shawls are about as close as I can get to knitting a scarf – doing the exact same thing over and over is a little uninspiring for me. I still have around 30 stitches left on the needle so I have over 100 rows to go before I start the border!

My next project is ready and waiting for Friday. I can’t start before then as it’s a project for Ravellenics which starts along with the Olympic Games. I’m really looking forward to starting this shawl. I’ve done a load of swatches and practiced beading. Working out the best place for the beads to go was interesting since I’ve never worked with beads before so I had to experiment to work out the best place for them. It’s a sideways shawl so I can get the best use from my yarn. I only have one skien with about 403 yards so I want to maximise the size of the shawl. The yarn I’ve been swatching with is some left overs from another shawl but it’s perfect with the beads!

The yarn I’m going to use is some that I’ve had waiting for the perfect project for a few months. I’m really hoping this shawl will live up to it. It’s a 50/50 merino/silk blend and it feels so soft. I got it from Old Maiden Aunt when I was buying yarn for my friend’s shawls – because the temptation was too much! I also went on a little yarn spending spree last night. I really love finding indie dyers on Ravelry and one of my test knitters introduced my to Posh Yarn. I bought my first skien of lace weight along with a few more skiens that I’ll show you when they arrive!

Year of Projects Lists 2012-13

Shawls

Semele
Laodice – gift
Momijigari – gift – In Progress
Buds of May
Colour Affection
Blue Jean Wrap
at least six more

Hats

Calorimetry
Autumn Vines Beret
Quick Cable Slouch Hat/Lotus Hat
Maybe a hat for my husband

Cowls

Two or three (or more) but no patterns picked yet

Vests

Vestpa (may change this one, since stockinette is not exciting)
Twisted stitch cables – Circe Vest
Cables –  Green Day

Jumpers/Tops

One with cables – maybe Collins or something similar.
One with stripes – Tubey
First raglan – Blisco

Fingerless Gloves

A couple of pairs with cables – Swirling Gauntlets
New Era (I will get these right if it kills me!)

Extras

Use up cotton for face cloths – 88 yrds/574 yrds used!
Use up acrylic – 137.4/8300 yards used! (I’m making serious hints to my husband about The Big Book of Knitted Monsters for my birthday!)
Do more colour work!