What do you do when the sky is grey and the ground is grey?
Knit up the brightest colours in your stash!
This is what I did on Sunday:
Please excuse the dusty stove!
The Betty tea cosy pattern by Ann Kingstone came in a “Best of the Web” leaflet within Knit Now Issue 16. It is also available as a single pattern download or as part of an e-book on Ravelry.
I was smitten by this pattern’s wonderful textures in a single sheepy colour, but decided to use my two recent handspun acquisitions to knit up a stripey version as a gift. The beautiful turquoise yarn was spun from Old Maiden Aunt fibres by CouthyQuine, a member of the Yarn Yard group on Ravelry and another Aberdeenshire resident – hello Susan! The Easter-chick yellow shetland wool was spun by Janet Mitchell on the isle of Skye. A truly Scottish project!
It was a compulsive piece of knitting. I really enjoyed watching the stripes, the ripples and the cables developing and playing off one another. I would like to knit it again in a single colour – it was such fun!
On Monday, a business trip to Edinburgh provided plenty of good quality knitting time on the train.
Another turquoise yarn!
These are my Echeveria socks, a free pattern by Rachel Coopey for the Sock Knitters Anonymous group.
The colourwork section echoes the shapes within the lace – very clever!
Knitting them both at the same time, step by step, it feels like I am knitting twice as fast as usual. I know it is just an illusion, but it is certainly keeping me motivated.
And sticking to the colour theme… say goodbye to my honey-colored vintage cardigan. By the time you read this, it will be unravelled and that lovely Albayarn will be back in the stash. Just because a pattern is old, it is not necessarily good, a lesson I have learned all too well from my sewing exploits!