Life lately here has been all about finishing projects. I have finished my Vintage Bullion crochet scarf from issue 7 of Pompom Quarterly. My new favourite magazine in Debbie Bliss’ new yarn for winter Roma, a merino alpaca chunky wool in teal blue.
Also featured is my Garter stitch hat bought from the Toft Alpaca shop during my visit to the Knitting and Stitching show at Ally Pally last month. Knitted in grey and cream inter chunky yarn and alpaca.. yes! Alpaca pom pom.
Last Sunday I visited the sweetest coffee shop in my local area next to my new LYS. . Blyth Spirit emporium at the Wharf in Burscough, Lancashire. Nothing better then seriously good coffee and cake with my crafty friends.
Happy mail came Rachel at Tangled Yarn, My first skeins of Malabrigo Rios in Candombe and Arco Iris. This photo doesn’t do the colours justice.. Unbelievably soft and just as wonderful as people say they are. As you can see I have already started a new project. Wristwarmers in the Candombe. The arco iris will soon become a hat.
End of year reviews are everywhere aren’t they but I really wanted to share with you the highlights of my year. 2013 has become a significant year for me professionally and personally.
2013 was the year that..I landed my first professional job. That’s right after the last 18 months of applying, searching and more applying . I did it! I am a fully functioning member of society and I can’t explain how happy that makes me. I am now working as a publishing assistant for a local publishers after finishing my 12 weeks with Prince’s Trust Team Programme in July.
In 2013, I learned how to knit!!.. This is the thing that makes me the most happy 😀 I learned how to knit. If you have been reading this blog for a while you will know that I come from a family of knitters so this is an important one!
In 2013, I attended my first yarn and fibre festival.. Well actually 2! I attended Woolfest in Cumbria and The British Wool Weekend in Harrogate this year! Two different events but equally lovely. I am hoping to visit Alexandra Palace in 2014! so even more yarn love expected.
In 2013, I joined twitter and became part of a lovely and very talented bunch of crafters called #craftblogclub. We meet and chat on twitter on a tuesday night. 19:00 til 20:30! If your around.. Join us! We would love to see you!
In 2013, Girlinknits was one year old! This review is really a little note to say a big thank you for following me and my blog throughout 2013. It really does mean the world to me.
in 2014, I hope to blog more and craft even more and I would live for you to join me along the way! Happy new year to you all! Wherever you are in world and see you in 2014.
Recently I have been drawn to colourwork knitting and the work of textile artist Kaffe Fassett. I have been inspired by his work although, there is no complicated ditches (yay!) It is simple enough for a beginner but really affective.
Simple stitches and beautiful colours. For me this is a winning combination. I hope to have my yarn delivered this week to work on the colour sequence for the Inspire cowl from Graphica. A free pattern from the Ravelry library. A simple shoulderhugging cowl in 3 weights 4ply/aran and chunky. I am going to do mine in 4ply. I am hoping to use up some of my stash.
I am currently in training for a new job this week so hopefully I will have some exciting news for you soon!
What are you working at the moment. I would love to hear from you!
Last weekend I traveled to the 4th British Wool Weekend in Harrogate, West Yorkshire. organised by the Campaign for Wool, the festival showcases the best of British made yarns. A new festival compared to others it is a wonderful event to attend.
After an early start I arrived at the festival accompanied by my mum; Her first fibre festival in over 50 years of knitting.. I think she was more excited then me.. just after the doors opened to see lots of fibre artists and their wares. It was great to see the array of wares on offer form felted accessories, notions, homewares, and most importantly YARN!! There were many products using the by products of the wool industry, pillows and duvets anyone..? many yarn companies and other well known retailers attended the festival too.. I just had to visit the Rowan yarns stand, West Yorkshire Spinners too. West Yorkshire Spinners are a new company specialising in British yarns spun with native breeds.
I came home with *some* of their yarns.. well when I mean *some*.. I mean alot of their Blue faced Leicester Aran in Poppy, natural and ecru for a project i’m making. I couldn’t resist it.. its soo soft and squishy. Some Brittany 4.5mm knitting needles came home with me too. As I was leaving a single 50g ball of Blacker yarns Corriedale and Hebbridean 4ply just fell into my bag.. a beautiful shade of burgundy.
As you can see from the photo I did some yarnbombing too.. I made up my daisychain garland for event joining @onesheepishgirl and her #sheepishbloomdrop.
Anyway getting back to the festival.. although only small compared to others, we spent a good few hours at the festival. we left uplifted, happy and just a little bit tired for our journey home. All in all we had a wonderful time at the festival. If you do get the chance to visit this festival I can recommend it.. it will if anything put a smile on your face.
My name is Emma and this is my confession.. In the entire time that I have been crocheting and writing this blog. I have amassed this.. This is my stash.
Where do you stand on Stashes..? Do you have one? or do you buy for each project? My aim is to keep my stash to within the red basket. It has been added to gradually.. I can’t help it.. There is some gorgeous yarn out there waiting to be discovered! The fibre that features the most is Alpaca. I just love it. Its so warm but very light to wear. What is your favourite fibre. I have also discovered that I love the finer yarns.. Lots of 4ply and lace feature the most.
Ravelry is such an enabler I love the forums and patterns. Not to mention reading about your projects, Following all my favourite bloggers.