In the knitting basket

I’ve been very slack recently but there has been a good reason for my radio silence, all will be revealed later this week.

In the meantime I thought I would update you on what is in my knitting basket at the moment. In all honesty there has not been much personal knitting recently as my knitting project has taken precedence but I am working on a few things.

I have two hats on the needles. They are both Woolly Wormhead patterns, I love her designs.

The first is from the specially released book Hatopia which came out earlier this year. The pattern is Castiel and I am knitting it out of Hartlam DK. The yarn has a subtle shimmer and is a beautiful blue colourway. I bought it when Sally and I visited Michelle on one of my last weekends in South Africa.

I am really enjoying the lace and think it’s going to be gorgeous when it is done.

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The next pattern is the mystery KAL. I had planned to keep up with the clue releases but I’ve not done very well. The yarn is by Natalie Fergus from The Yarn Yard and I was given it as the Glasgow School of Yarn. It is this bold purple colour with bright flashes of a deep royal blue. I love the pattern and the slouch (I’ve been cheating and looking at people’s pictures).

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My next project is almost done. It is the Owlet by Kate Davies for my little girl. It’s been a lovely relaxing knit. Easy stocking stitch and then that glorious moment when you join the sleeves and yoke and it all comes together.

Last night I finished the owls so all the is left are some short rows and the ribbing. I’ve knitted it using West Yorkshire Spinners Aire Valley Aran. This is a 75% wool 25% nylon mix, I picked it for two reasons: it’s machine washable and economical. These are both key factors when knitting for a 10 month old. The yarn has a good hand and while it’s a little stiff now I think it will wash really well. I have high hopes for this yarn and think it could become a wardrobe staple for the little one now we live in a colder climate.

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Finally two more things. One finished object and one almost on the needles, not sure what to knit but very much in love with the yarn.

My finished object is the Aviatrix hat knitted in Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran for the little one. It is perfect, keeps her ear warm and stays on her head longer than a normal hat. I can’t say it stays on her head because that would be a lie – she is very skilled at removing headwear. Not a hat fan.

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An the almost on the needles is this skein of hand dyed from the lovely Jess at Ginger Twist Studios in Edinburgh. This is my LYS and I LOVE the place. I saw this grey, purple and pink skein of DK a few weeks ago and could not resist. I want to make some little fingerless mitts, although I need to find the perfect pattern. I started a pair but they weren’t right so it is back to the drawing board.

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That is it from me for now. What have you got on your needles?

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