My knitting needles have been busy this month so I thought I would share a few of my recent FO’s 🙂
First up is Spectra by Stephen West. If you are a returning reader you may recall me telling you about the shawl workshop that I attended at the Sheep Shop in December with none other than Mr. West himself! As if that wasn’t enough of a treat, local yarn dyer Sparkleduck held a trunk show at the shop tempting us with an abundance of beautiful yarns…so I combined the handiwork of designer and dyer and this was the end result:
I flippin’ love it! The design was easy once I got the hang of the short row shaping and the constant colour changing of the yarn kept it interesting. The border section was knit in 100% superwash merino wool in the colour Inky, and the middle sections is 75% superwash merino wool, 20% nylon and 5% stellina which gives it a little sparkle 🙂 The colourway is called Enchantment and I could go on for hours about how pretty it is…but here’s a picture instead!
Another lovely feature that the short row shaping provides is the way that it curls when left to drape.
And the finished item is a very generous size.
Here’s another close up of those gorgeous colours before I move on…
In my last post I was so excited to say that I had just finished my first ever sock! I promised a better picture and here it is:
And now I have 2 🙂
Knit in aran weight wool on 4mm dpns they are very cosy, and aren’t those colours just lovely? I really like how they all fade into each other. I made the socks from a kit from Rosies Moments purchased at my visit to Festiwool back in November. I have now cast on a 2nd pair for which I will use the same pattern but after those I will be branching out and trying a pair from this book.
If I can master this technique I am hoping it will spell the end of never having a suitable travel project to hand!
And last but not least I finished the Sitka Spruce by Tin Can Knits hat at the weekend. Early last year my friend Vero and I had a day of yarn dyeing and I dyed some mohair yarn that had been sitting in my stash for quite a while. I dyed it orange at first but it came out sooo bright it was almost luminous! So I overdyed it in a brown colour and had a much better result. The dye took to the yarn in a way that I could have never imagined and produced a really deep colour that in some lights is a deep rusty reddish brown but in others is still a vibrant orange.
And here is the back.
See what I mean about the difference in the colour?! Both pictures were taken around the same time but look totally different! And check out the mohair halo – it’s going to be so warm to wear, this one is definitely coming to Iceland next month!
There were 2 options for the hat, a beanie or a slouchy. I opted for the slouchy fit but deliberately went down a needle size as I was concerned that the fuzziness of the mohair would mask the stitch pattern. The end result is somewhere inbetween the sizes, although verging more on the beanie side. Luckily the gamble paid off as it fits just perfectly!
Until next time, happy knitting! x