The last few weeks for me have been pretty full. My grandma duties have taken up more time than usual as George’s first birthday came and went. It never ceases to amaze me, what an accomplishment making and raising a baby can be. He delights me every day with his innocent approach to life, and excitement on making a new discovery. The latest are finding that he has hair on his head, and crawling. Things I personally take for granted!
Knitting and spinning have taken a bit of a back seat as its been so very hot, too hot to handle fibre. Also, I don’t take my spinning wheel down south, which is crazy as I have a portable wheel with its own rucksack! It’s been so hot recently that, following on from watching the Espace Tricot podcast, I was inspired to buy some linen yarn. I’m designing a linen top for beginners. It’s a layering piece which is one size.
I bought some DMC Natura linen from the Wool Warehouse. I love the bags they put their deliveries in and the speed with which the yarn arrives – less than 24 hours this last time – super impressive!
My stash dash plans have taken a bit of a hit with the very hot weather, but thankfully, now it’s cooled a little, I hope to get back on track. The big blanket is coming on nicely, and I’m on my final ball of yarn. I’ve decided to crochet the sections together using some black Patons 4 ply yarn from the Fairytale Fab range.
I have also, finally, seccumbed to the latest knitting trend of ‘fade’ garments. The pattern by Andrea Mowry entitled ‘Find your fade’ caught everyone’s imagination and since then a series of blended or ‘fade’ projects has been born. I started my find your fade shawl last week. The colours I’m using are not my usual colour palette but I think they work well together. I’m also using a mix of handspun and commercial yarns to add some extra textural effects.