Sunday 24 September 2017

A Year of Projects Update - week 13

I'm a little late in the day posting this week, and I still haven't finished the socks pictured below!  I have done lots of other jobs though.
My September socks.  They are so close to being finished, just the ribbing to go.
These are Losers Lurgy by the knotty gnome and the yarn is hedgehog fibres and is splendid!
My Christmas jumper is progressing.  I do a few rows each night.
My festive socks in Mothy and the Squid candy cane are coming along nicely, but are on hold for a moment while I finish my September socks.
I have also made some progress on my scarf.  This is Seville in Pom Pom magazine.  The rows are so long and are lace so take a while to do.  There is progress I promise!
Lastly I have started a new project.  In an effort to save the planet (well one step towards anyway), I have decided to knit little cloths that I can use instead of cotton wool pads.
So what have I been doing other than knitting?  I have been in the garden - mosty planting, but also pulling up potatoes, carrots and the single beetroot that grew this year.  I also made some cakes.  The Great British Bake Off is back on our screens and it was caramel week this week - so I felt inspired to make some caramel cakes.
Hope you all have a good week - I am going to finish those socks now and have a cake.

Sunday 17 September 2017

A Year of Projects Update - week 12

Settling back into a school routine has been a bit hectic this week.  We went to Goodwood last week to watch some vintage cars racing and despite the fact I fully intended to post an update last week, it never happened.  Hopefully I am now back to some sort of normality after the summer.
So how has my progress been?  It seems very slow after a few finished objects, but I have worked on several different things.
First is my September socks.  These are the Dragon Pox pattern by the Knotty gnome, and the yarn is Hedgehog fibres in the Arcade colourway.
I have never used Hedgehog fibres before and this is absolutely gorgeous - so soft but definitely has nylon in it so should wear ok.
I have also made good progress on my candy cane socks.  I am have just turned the heel.
This is just a vanilla sock with a fish lips kiss heel.  Yarn is candy cane by Mothy and the Squid, with a contrast heel in West Yorkshire Spinners yarn.  I have lost count of how many heels I have done in this yarn now and a pair of socks for my older son, but it is now finally finished.
I have also made good progress on the body of my Christmas jumper.  I have already finished one sleeve and the body is coming along nicely.  The yarn is John Arbon textiles knit by numbers and it is delightful.
I have done some work on my scarf, but I will post a picture of that next week when, hopefully, the progress will be tangible.

I have just been uploading photos and just realised I do have a finished object that I have not shared here!  My Breathing Space is finished.  I love it and have already worn it before blocking.
I think that is about it, I have just dug up our third crop of potatoes and now going to settle back with some knitting and an iced cappacino, before making up packed lunches for the week and doing the ironing.
Hope you have a great week.

Sunday 3 September 2017

A Year of Projects Update - Week 10

The summer is nearly over here.  It's been a bit of a whirlwind this year, but I wouldn't change a thing, we have had a brilliant time.  I go back to work tomorrow, but the boys and Darren are off to Howletts, which is a wildlife park about an hour away.  I will miss them tomorrow :-(

Anyway to the knitting!
I finished my August socks on the last day of the month.  These are the Spattergroit socks by the Knotty gnome and the colourway is the first surprise club yarn by Little French Meadow in the Up, Up and Away colourway.
I can also show my test knit - Wildflower Honey by Knitterarium (I think I could show it before but better be safe!).
I have also made a few skirts and tops, but they are not photographed yet so I will report on that in a later post.
This has been a week of sleeves.
I finished one sleeve on Breathing Space, so I am nearly done with this one.
I also knit a sleeve on my Christmas jumper.  This is John Arbon Knit by Numbers and I love this yarn, it is so soft and warm.
I am hoping to cast on the body today.
I have also cast on my next pair of socks, which is going to be my Christmas socks.  Yarn is Mothy and the Squid - candy cane.
And I have wound my yarn for my September socks (sorry the pic is upside down!)  This is Hedgehog fibres in the arcade colourway and the pattern I will knit is the next one in the Knotty Gnomes collection.
My last surprise club package came last month and it was stunning.

I didn't sign up to the next one as I had bought the advent package.  I will probably buy the surprise club in the new year again.
I also bought some Blacker Yarns Lyonesse so that I can knit a second Zinone.
And that, is that!  Please visit the group in Ravelry to see what everyone has been up to.  Link is on the side bar.