Hello! It’s been a while since I updated my blog. The summer has gone by in a blur! I was suffering with my back for a large part of it but I’m feeling much better now. At the end of August, we brought home our new puppy! Introducing Cosmo…
He’s a border collie and we are all madly in love with him. He has sort of hindered my making but in a good way!
I thought I would catch you up on my finished projects this time.
If you can recall, I am aiming to knit 12 pairs of basic socks this year to fill up my sock drawer. I’m a little off track having not yet completed my August pair but I think it’s still perfectly manageable before the year is over.
My June pair were knit using ‘Impromptu’ Merino Nylon 4 Ply from Stranded Dyeworks with the contrasting toes, heel and cuff knit in West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4 Ply in ‘234 Honeysuckle’. I love them!
My July pair used up some leftover West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4 Ply in the colourway ‘Peacock’ and I did contrasting cuffs with the ‘Juniper’ colourway. I really love this wool. The balls seem to last ages and even with my big feet, I can get one normal and one shorty pair out of a single ball.
For Father’s Day, I made my dad a scrapbook. I had so much fun making it. Faye and I spent an entire Saturday making them (she made on for Rob too). They were very well received as well!
I finished a shawl during June and July. It is another pattern from the book ‘The Shawl Society Season One’ by Helen Stewart (also known as Curiously Handmade). The Amulet Shawl was knit using a skein from Lay Family Yarn in the colourway ‘Jack Frost’ and another skein from Stranded Dyeworks in the colourway ‘Gloom’. Both 4 ply yarns. It turned out beautifully. I love Helen’s patterns!
I’ve also joined a local community group helping out with crochet, knitting and sewing items. We have been working on Buddy Bears (free pattern on Ravelry). I’ve only made two so far and I’m not sure the little yellow one was allowed as I think he was too small for the Buddy Bears scheme but he will have been used in the ‘Random Acts of Kindness’ project.
There was also a request from the community group for face masks, so I made 59 (miscounted for 60!!). It’s been really lovely to be involved.
Faye’s birthday was in early August, so I had made her a few bits: her birthday brooch (an annual tradition); a crochet polar bear that she’d requested from Ravelry; and two Suki dresses from the latest Tilly and the Buttons book: ‘Make it Simple’. She is just about in a ladies size 6 now so I will be able to make her more things from the patterns I already have. She chose the fabric and absolutely loved them.
I have been working on a few different crochet blankets but I think I’ll save that for next week as this is getting a bit long-winded now!
As July is my birthday month, there have been a few acquisitions. I treated myself to some birthday yarn from two new (to me) Indie dyers. First up is Molly from The Mimo Yarn Co. I purchased some sock yarn in the colourway ‘Mint Choc Chip’ and I couldn’t resist a few minis to go into a blanket.
The second purchase was from Sophie at Pixie Yarn. I bought a skein of lace yarn and a set of gradient minis as I want to try my first pair of gradient socks. This was the ‘Hey Little Apple Blossom’ mini skein set of 5 x 20g merino nylon sock 4 ply.
I’d love to know what you have been working lately, if you want to leave a comment below.