So, as you have noticed, things have been very quiet on the blog front. July is, for me, traditionally a month of stress – it is when all the work deadlines for the day job come into conflict, with an added topping this year of trying to get end of year gifts made for the very special women who have helped to look after my little one. In September she starts school, and so this summer is going to be extra emotional. Everything I have made doesn’t seem to be enough, or good enough, to recognise what they have done for us as a family. I said goodbye to the first of my daughter’s current nursery teachers this week. The only thing I could think to give her was the very first Thank You Shawl I ever made, as it was in her favourite colours, and it was huge. I hope that every time she puts it on, she feels hugged.
So this week should be the beginning of the end of the crazy season, assuming I can get all my work done on time. One more week and then it is Fibre East (oh my, I cannot wait), which signals the beginning of the end.
Two pictures of it – the first one shows it unblocked – highly textured and cosy. The second shows it blocked (and shows nicely how much blocking can make a project grow. It is called Forget Me Never, because Sam and I agreed on a pretty forget-me-not colour way for the yarn. The pictured shawl shows the very subtle first dye of this. We subsequently decided to ramp up the colour contrasts, so the final yarn colour is a stronger blue, with purple and green accents.
I need to update my archive with this and the previous shawl, but that is a job for the summer months. I also hope to get some designing done too, so I can launch a new collection of items ready for September, when we all start looking around for ideas for Christmas present makes. It may not be a very big collection, but it will be exciting for me. This is all baby steps. I am still only 3 months into this experiment, and so far it has exceeded my expectations. I just need to keep all the plates spinning.
And of course, because I don’t know when enough is enough, I asked Phyllis from Rosebuds and Rainbows if she has a DK sock pattern, to help me with my stash busting. She sent it over – a new pattern for testing – and I used a very special neon yarn by Dye Candy, called ‘Blacklight’, to try it out. As you can see, it makes a very nice (and super quick) winter sock. Merino cashmere mix. A treat for the toes.
The pattern is now up on Ravelry as the ‘Easy Peezy Socks‘. I am already on my second pair, which I hope to finish to give as a gift to my daughter’s key worker, along with this lazy waves shawlette, which I made on retreat last year.
I am not sure if either the socks or the shawlette will hit the mark, but here’s hoping.
The featured yarn at the top of this post illustrates how I feel – a bit of colour is creeping back into the darkness and not before time. The yarn is called (perhaps appropriately enough given how crabby I have been on occasion this month) “Kill the Witch”, and it is by Lollipop Guild Yarns.
Anyway, lots more to follow soon, including some new free patterns, the end of the retro blanket pattern (you thought I had forgotten, didn’t you?), and some more videos as you seemed to enjoy my first foray into video making. I may even speak in the next one, who knows…!