Hello friends! This week has been a whirlwind of social events. Monday started with a ride over to Huskisson for some laps then a catch-up breakfast. On Tuesday, I met up with my friend Sue from Canberra and a couple of her friends in Berry for lunch and some shopping. It was a very hot day with storms and hot winds throughout the day. On Tuesday night I met up with some girlfriends for a surprise birthday dinner.
I met up with my girlfriend Mary in Ulladulla for lunch on Wednesday, then on Thursday Rob and I drove to Sydney to stay with our daughter Erin and her husband Shaun for a couple of days before attending my work reunion yesterday. I haven’t worked there for over 30 years but we were a very social bunch and that hasn’t changed. On Friday I had a good workout session at Shaun’s gym in Balmain, Accelerate Strength. Definitely a whirlwind week!
Advent Knitting: I opened my first advent from the Willow and the Wisp chakra advent kit and it’s a beautiful deep red! Red is the root chakra which relates to self-awareness and survival. It’s the most stimulating of all the colours. I’m excited to start on this today. I’m doing the Outline wrap by Beata Jezek for Hedgehog fibres, which is a free pattern. I may reduce the stitch count so that I’m sure I get enough length. My other “advent” is the one I dyed myself. I’m starting that one today also, on the Olilia shawl with some modifications. This may take a little trial and error so I’ll report in next week on how it goes.
I finally finished picking up stitches along the bottom of the top section of the Lunae shawl. The first half was much harder than the second half – I think it’s the shape of the edge stitch that makes the difference in each direction. I then had to decide which colours I was going to use. I decided on the new colour which is a yellowy pale lime colour, very similar to one I’d already used and also a dark magenta that I haven’t used yet. I’ve weighed these to see how much I will need for the other mosaic stripes. The main mosaic panel on this section will be using the blue and white yarn.
My Songbird shawl got a lot of love this week. I’ve reached the end of the pattern and have about three-quarters of the second skein left. I found that that this skein of yarn is a lighter weight than the first. I would say the first skein was a true fingering weight whereas this skein is more like a light fingering. Aside from that, it’s still knitting up nicely. I’ll keep knitting and add a few sections. I’ve stopped at this point as I will need to weigh the yarn as I go along so that there is enough left for the picot bind-off and the tassels. I finished the last garter section two rows shorter than required and am adding a small section of the garter stripe section before starting on the slanted stitch section. I also want to finish with some garter stripe and/or garter before the picot. It’s not as large as I’d like so I’m happy to keep going.
New Cast-on: I saw some cute Rose City Roller Littles socks and decided to cast them on. I had plenty of my Fibernymph Dyeworks yarn leftover. I don’t have any reliable 2.25mm needles so decided to use my normal 2.5mm and just do the second size instead of the third size. Well, that may be good for now but I’m thinking that Evie will have bigger feet by next winter and so I probably should have done a larger size. These will be a lovely gift for a little person and I’ll make Evie some others. I did try to do the heel in a contrasting yarn but found that, with the pattern as is, I had to cut the yarn three or four times to achieve the right look. In the end, I just frogged that heel turn and flap and rejoined the yarn to continue with the main stripe yarn. They are so cute though the cuff doesn’t curl as much as it shows in the pictures. It may be a good idea to start the cuff with larger needles.
My faithful take anywhere Garland sweater also got some love. It’s the only straight vanilla knitting I have at the moment and is good when chatting and socialising. I must see how far I have to knit before separating for the sleeves so that I don’t overshoot the mark!
Sleeves are growing slowly on my Turtle Dove sweater. It’s not a project that I’ve been gravitating to in the warm weather lately. I want to try it on every so often so that I can judge the decreases on the sleeves that I’m adding. The pattern doesn’t decrease at all. Trying on is a bit of a nuisance as I need to add another needle to the body as I haven’t finished that section and one of the sleeves then needs to be put onto another needle. You can see my pic below – not fantastic quality but the sleeves are going OK. I just need to decide how much I’m going to decrease. I’ll check out some of the other projects on Ravelry.
I have skeined up and soaked my Wren & Ollie spin, and I’m a little disappointed at the slight lack of spin in the ply, yet again. When I’m plying it feels like it’s over-spinning the yarn but I’ll need to hang onto it a little longer than I have been. It’s turned out as maybe a sport weight to light fingering weight. It finished at 546m and weighs 106 grams. Apart from that, I think this will go well as the contrasting yarn in an Andrea Mowra Stonecrop cardigan. I have the sweater pattern and I think I’d like to make it as a cardigan by steeking it. I haven’t done that yet and it’s been on my list of things to learn.
This week I sewed up one of the Racerback dresses that I’d cut out. This is a size one and Miss Evie has worn it already. It was an easy sew but the small size made it quite fiddly on the overlocker. The larger size should be easier to put together. I also finished the little bag I made for her. I had cut it out quite large and then cut a fair bit off it. In the end, it was still a little bigger than I was intending but I think Evie is enjoying it.
This week I put together a couple of advent boxes. I gave the one on the left to my friend Mary with the mini skeins I had dyed along with some candles. The one on the right was for my daughter and I have one more to put together for this week. It was a lot of fun doing these. I have more ideas for next year.
I finished up watching the latest season of The Crown on Netflix, which I enjoyed. I’m wondering what the royals think about the show as it’s quite revealing if it’s all true. I have now started watching an Australian show called Total Control on ABC iView. I also finished listening to Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens and can highly recommend it. I haven’t started my next book but I think it will be No Time for Goodbye by Linwood Barclay. I’ve heard he writes in a similar fashion to Harlan Coben and I thoroughly enjoyed all of his books.
Today I’m having lunch in Sydney with my school friends as the socialising continues. This week is my Evie minding week and I’m looking forward to it. I’m also hoping for a quiet week for a change, to get some new house planning done. Enough of the babbling now! I’m off to get ready for lunch so, until next week, I hope you have lots of opportunities for your creative pleasures!