Hello and welcome to the new followers; WordPress must have noticed the lack of activity here so promoted my page or something as there’s been a recent flurry of new support. So a big failte gu Weaving Heart and thank you for encouraging me to get writing again.
Despite the silence, all has been busy with my annual Edinburgh Yarn Fest trip and lots of projects on the needles and hooks. Spring is yet to arrive in Helmsdale, it’s been chilly cold and windy although we do have a few brave daffodils appearing.
I think I enjoyed EYF more than ever this time, they’ve vastly improved the set up and rearranged the stalls so there weren’t any packed aisles and the seating area was also increased (although you still had to fight to find somewhere to sit down). My friend and I were militarily focussed on our shopping lists and way more organised about purchases, so I didn’t walk away with a bag full of random pretties (just one!) but actual projects to keep me going throughout the year. There have been so many stash shots on Instagram so I’m not going to show you but you’ll see them emerging no doubt over the next few months.
My absolute favs though are this super cute brooch from Stitch Birdie, immaculately stitched and each is individual. My friend rehomed one too and there was a discussion about us knitting fair isle sweaters that match our brooches. Watch this space.
there was also a silver crochet hook (yes actual silver) by Lyn Roberts Design that just fell into my bag
I’m slightly scared of it, or rather of losing it. Crochet hooks have a tendency to disappear in our house, I have no idea how many 4mm hooks have gone into hiding so I’m determined that this one won’t meet the same fate. Ideally I think I need special hook pocketses in all my clothes…that should do the trick.
Project-wise I have my usual unmanageable number of Wips, yarn shopping has done nothing for my butterfly mind and I want to cast on. All. The. Things. I’m a good way into achieving this. I did have a finished object this week, my first major amigurumi hook; meet Granny Apple, my new ‘assistant’. She was a quick, but slightly tedious, make. There was a lot of single crocheting involved but she makes me smile a lot too.
I made her in Nurturing Fibres Eco Fusion which is lovely to work with and is a blend of cotton and bamboo. You can find the free pattern here, it’s very well written and very straightforward.
I’ve started an epic fair isle, as soon as I saw the pattern I knew I needed to make it.
It’s Strathendrick by Kate Davies and I’m making it in the suggested yarn, Milarrochy Tweed, which is stunning. I wasn’t sure at first, it’s a single ply blend of wool and mohair but the colours are complex and the mohair adds a little sheen that’s unusual in fair isle type yarns. I decided to make it in just the two colours, I think blocking will develop the contrast but there isn’t a huge difference in value between the them. I like the subtlety of it and the rusty orange colour I’m using for the ribbing and sleeves is beyond stunning.
I have also just cast on for another Kate Davies knit, a Carbeth Cardigan, in the hope that, unlike the Strathendrick, it will be a quick make. I’m adding a pocket, which had the extra effect of encouraging me to knit a gauge square for once as I can use it to make that.
The main colour is a mid blue but I like the idea of having a contrasting colour for the inside of the pocket that only I’ll know about (oh wait…). Again I’m using the suggested yarn, I do love to be able to use locally sourced wool. My credit card hasn’t been so happy however…oh well.
There are a few more projects kicking around but if I blog about them it’s harder for me to deny their existence so I’m staying silent on those for the time being.
Right that’s a brief and rather overdue update, see you all sooner.