On my last birthday I received a lovely book of knitting patterns called “Knitting from the North”. It is full of beautiful two or more colour patterns which as a returning knitter I am too terrified to try.
But I search the internet for lots of yarn/wool/craft related things everyday and recently I found a list of yarn and wool shows across the UK.
The best bit is that one of them is local to me and has knitting workshops! My salvation is at hand, my book won’t sit gathering dust for years to come! Yarningham is held in… you guessed it… Birmingham – meaning it’s a short train ride away. About a week ago they released their workshops for the weekend.
I have booked myself two workshops for a full day of knitting. I take along my 4mm needles and the rest is supplied for me.I will be learning how to double knit with two colours to get a reversible pattern. I will also be learning about Shetland Hap Shawls earlier in the day.
I am hoping that these two workshops will expand my repertoire past knit, purl, yarn over and K2T. Then I will feel more confident to try to make some of those patterns that scare me a little bit. And if all else fails I can always frog it.
Also my yarn arrived! I ordered enough balls of Scheepjes Chalista to make the One Step Beyond Blanket by Martin up North.
I will be using a 4.5mm hook to make my stitches a bit denser to use it as a bath mat.
The wonderful thing is Chalista is 100% cotton, machine washable and goes in the tumble dryer so is perfect for the bathroom. The colours aren’t half bad either…
So in case you hadn’t heard it’s been snowing all across England recently…
Personally I love snow because as a teacher there is always a glimmer of hope for a SNOW DAY! And we got one!
So Friday last week was spent working on my crochet. I was a bit naughty and broke my “only work on one WIP at a time” rule but I’m a rebel, what can I say?
So my WIPs are…
Read Between the Lines by Tammy Canavan-Soldaat, this shawl is made from two Scheepjes Whirls which means by the time I’ve finished I will have knit two kilometers of yarn! Not too shabby for a returning knitter. I love the way this feels and the colour I chose, Lemon Cassis Cream, is really cheerful. I decided on one colour that I started from either end which will hopefully give a nice blending effect but we shall see.
The Simply Crochet Magazine Hook and Learn Project. The Hook and Learn is being run in the Simply Crochet magazine and I purchased a kit to hook along as well as joining the Facebook group. This was the first time I’ve used Scheepjes Colour Crafter and I think I may be a convert!
Cedar River Blanket by Deramores. These four squares are on our lounge footstool and the blanket will eventually go on the sofa, because of this I have adjusted my sizing to make a 6×6 square rather than a rectangle.
I’ll be updating on them all soon with more photos and hopefully some finished items.
I also spent some time looking at colours and yarn for a new project (because my “To Make” list will never be finished) but I’m going to keep it secret until it’s finished at least until the yarn arrives so i can show off the colours.
It was a lovely day inside although the pooch and I did venture out in the afternoon to play in the snow.
For all the nasty cold snap last week this morning was crisp and bright, it is definitely starting to feel like Spring is on the way. hopefully it will hurry up and get here soon because although inside it feels like spring, outside is still decidedly coat and hat temperatures!