Life in Yorkshire is moving along far quicker then I ever could have imagined.. the last three months have flown by me completely. Weekends are spent exploring the dales and towns of West Yorkshire. I caught up with the end of the Saltaire Festival last weekend and it was wonderful to see people wandering around the David Hockney gallery space, listen to the hustle and bustle of the festival and wander around the little shops catching the last warm summer days.
I have also casted off and blocked my Hitchcock sweater from PomPom Quarterly the Wool Issue last week and on the whole. I am 75% happy with it. I loved the yarn, as I have said here before that I love 100% Bluefaced Leicester in teal and I have used the yarn in many other projects which I bought direct from the mill but I am disappointed with the overall finish. My sweater will still be worn this winter proudly. If the start to the autumn has shown me, I’m going to need it.
Illustrious is here and is finally mine at last!
I have bought enough for my first every colourwork sweater. I have casted on Willard by Quince and Co. Designed by Hannah Fettig, this top down sweater and simple colourwork will be a wonderful first colourwork project for me.
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.
I never thought I would be writing this but here is the work in progress for Mattias. I have enjoyed doing this sweater more than I imagined. Colourwork knitting is addictive! my sweater has started to grow more that I imagined and a lot faster too. knitting on 5mm needles with Aran weight wool. I am knitting with Bergere de France Recycline yarn and its lovely! Really great soft wool and its recycled too, so good for the environment too.
Maybe a little ambitious for my first sweater but I want to learn something new from my projects. That is my knitting resolution for 2014. Over the last few weeks I have fallen a little more in love with Fair isle and the scandinavian knitting traditions than I had previously ( if that is even possible) . I love fair isle, cables and all those ‘complicated’ things to do with knitting.
Mattias has since grown a little bit more than when I took these photographs. I am hoping to finish the colourwork yoke soon and then begin the sleeves.
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!
I have finished my eccentric stripe scarf made from only British wool. This a project I am really happy with and feel proud of. Not to mention it measures over 80 inches of knitting… I know I’m crazy but I haven’t lost heart and knitted on!
I fell in love with the yarns for this scarf at the British wool weekend in harrogate and they are
British bluefaced Leicester in ecru, natural and poppy red. Merino wool in yellow with a wool/alpaca in cobalt from Rowan.
Let me know what you think in the comments..
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