Sunday, 22 May 2016

New Sock Design in Progress

Now that I have finished knitting my Inglis Mitts, I can finally get back to socks. The yarn I got from my colleagues on my birthday has been calling to me so I sat down and looked through some pattern stitch libraries to see what appealed to me. 

I came across a pretty cable design that I thought would look great along the leg of these socks. Thank goodnesss for stitch markers! I am writing up the pattern as I go along and so far, so good. I have finished the leg and am about to get on with the heel flap now. I want to incorporate a little cable on one side, so this needs figuring out as well. 

Once I get to the foot, I want to design a travelling cable or two to go across it. Sounds easy, but it may be anything but. I'll let you know how I get on.

The yarn is lovely and smooth due to the silk content, and the fabric at my gauge is a bit lighter than I usually like it. Still, even unblocked it looks good, don't you think?

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Inglis Mitts: Finished!

Paul Young in this week's Bath Chronicle Weekend magazine

Not sure if Paul Young approves, but I have finally finished my Inglis Mitts that I started in Edinburgh, just a day after the yarn festival

This project took surprisingly long because I simply didn't feel like knitting for a while. The pattern was also quite demanding in that it required me to pay close attention to all charted and written instructions at the same time, which I don't like. There was quite a lot of ripping back and tinking involved, so no wonder I didn't feel the love all the time.

Of course the mitts are done just in time for our brief heatwave. Well, they will just have to wait till next autumn or winter to get some wear.

I still need to give them a good soak and I am curious as to how this will change the wool. Apparently, it should bloom and I hope this will make the fabric a little bit denser. The wool, Ysolda's Blend 1, is very pleasant to knit and perfectly suited for cabling, as you can see. I hope to take some more photos once the mitts are washed ... and I remember to finally charge my camera's batteries.

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Enter now: British Wool Show 2016 Giveaway

You may remember that I was invited to the British Wool Show in York last year and had a great time. And while I can't make it this year, the organisers have generously sent me 6 tickets so that you can go and enjoy all things wool in this beautiful city.

The details

Friday 5th August 10am-5pm
Saturday 6th August 10am-4pm

York Auction Mart
Murton, York
YO19 5GF

Further information:
(This is also where you can buy tickets if you prefer not to join in this giveaway.)

You can find the British Wool Show on Facebook and Twitter to keep up-to-date.

Win the tickets

Tickets are valid for a day of your choice. In order to win 1 or even 2 tickets for the British Wool Show 2016, you need to do one of the following:

1. Leave a comment on this blog post and let me know if you would like 1 or 2 tickets. Please also let me know how I can contact you if you win (such as social media handle or your own blog). Do not leave your phone number as it will be visible to everyone, the same goes for email addresses.


2. Follow me on Twitter and reply to one of my tweets to let me know if you would like 1 or 2 tickets.


3. Reply to my giveaway post on Facebook and let me know if you would like 1 or 2 tickets.


4. Comment on my Instagram post about this giveaway and let me know if you would like 1 or 2 tickets.

Please note

To keep things fair, you will get one entry only, no matter how often or where you take part in this giveaway.

The giveaway will run till Tuesday, 31 May 2016. I will then choose the winners at random until all tickets have gone. I will notify you via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or your blog, depending on how you entered.

Good luck, everyone!

Friday, 6 May 2016

The #craftblogclub Spring Clean Challenge 2016

It was time for another #craftblogclub challenge on Twitter! This time it was a Spring Clean Challenge to help us empty our stash of things we won't be using in the near future or would simply like to pass on to someone who will appreciate them more. When signing up, we listed our favourite crafts so that our secret partners would have an idea of what to send from their own stash.

Kay from Kay Gets Crafty was my partner - and I was at a loss as to what to send her! She does paper crafts while I am (obviously) a knitter, and so I had hardly anything I could send her. Luckily, I did have some very pretty origami paper that I used to make cards from. Since I rarely do that anymore, I decided to pass them on to Kay along with some yarn. I remember seeing a knitted scarf on her blog at one point. In the meantime, Kay has received the package and loves it, so that's a great relief!

Kay's gift for me arrived just a day or two before she got mine and I really like the card and especially the notebook she decorated with crochet cherries. a yarn ball charm and paper. It will come in handy and I like that it is a very sturdy notebook. I think I might pack it in my bag so I always have something to take notes in when I am out and about. This is a habit I would like to pick up again. Thank you, Kay!

Sunday, 1 May 2016

My Colleagues Know Me Well

Earlier this week I celebrated my birthday by taking the day off work and spending it in Bristol. It was a lovely day despite the weird weather: we had hail, snow, rain and lots of sunshine, too. I wasn't dressed for the temperatures at all and was a bit chilly, but it was a very good day.

The day before my actual birthday, I organised a pre-birthday lunch with home-cooked food. My French colleague even baked two cakes! 

My colleagues surprised me with fab gifts, too: a beautiful teal skein of Kettle Yarn Co's Islington (4-ply) that I think I will use to design a pair of socks. The colour is just right and not one I already have in socks. Carmen from A Yarn Story helped choose the yarn. Obviously, she knows me well!

In addition to the yarn, I also received a knitting pattern for nipple tassels - those who know where I work will understand why (the same goes for the embroidered card my colleagues made for me)! Finally, there are potted flowers to fill the empty pot I had on my desk since my little Christmas tree died at the beginning of the year, and a handmade crown for me, the Queen of German Content. 

These are the best gifts I have ever been given at any job! And, clearly, my colleagues know me very well. Do you exchange gifts at work on birthdays? Are your colleagues great at gift-giving?