Monday, 6 February 2017

ITS ARRIVED! This is the companion booklet for the Edinburgh Yarn Festival 2017. For those, like me, who can't make it to the festival this year it helps alleviate the big feeling of FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out). Its called Wool Tribe and is filled with beautiful patterns from a host of familiar designers such as RenĂ©e Callahan and Clare Devine. The booklet patterns include two shawls, a cowl (on the cover), a hat and mittens, a pair of socks and a cushion. For £10, this is an absolute bargain! The patterns are above my skill level at the moment which gives me an incentive to keep learning new skills so I can try them out. 

My Moorland CAL blanket has reached a bit of a stand still. The colours are beautiful and I have really enjoyed it so far. I'm really looking forward to continuing it after I've finished a few of the projects sitting around my room.

One of these is the Spindrift Shawl by Helen Stuart of the Curious Handmade podcast. It was my first proper knitting project when I started to knit regularly last October using 4 ply yarn from West Yorkshire Spinners. I got halfway through the pattern and put it down. 

Its surprisingly difficult to photograph a shawl on circular needles! 

The next project in the 'need to finish' list is a scarf originally meant to be a Christmas present. Oops... Definitely a rookie error in planning Christmas presents... Its a simple but effective pattern from Handwoven Christmas edition. I got halfway through the pattern two days after Christmas and put it down. See a pattern emerging? 

So to stop halfway-itis I am going to have a rule of one project started for one project finished. The only exclusion for this is my Cosy Memory blanket! I've given into the trend and started the first square:

Its a little bit wonky as it hasn't been blocked but it was really easy to make. This is a 4ply yarn from Owl About Yarn, it didn't have a name. It was one of the mini skeins I received in my goody bag from the Great London Yarn Crawl. The second one from Owl About Yarn is this one:

It came with a cute owl stitch marker. The best bit is the pops of multicoloured streaks every so often. It would make a great pair of socks. 

January stitch count: 8000
Goal for February: 9000

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