Saturday, 25 June 2016

Knitting to De-stress

What a week it's been! Wedding preparations, Brexit and stress - much more due to the latter. As an EU national who has lived and worked in the UK for years and is about to get married to a Brit, this is not a good time. Everything is up in the air, no one knows anything specific, so there's nothing I can do but go on as usual and keep my eyes and ears open. 

But enough about politics! There's been knitting, too.

To calm down this weekend (and, yes, there have been tears), I picked up my socks and finally made progress with the heel and gusset. I will be figuring out some increases and decreases along the foot next, but they should be easy - at least that's the theory.

In other knitting news, I can't decide on a wedding shawl pattern even though I thought I had. I also can't decide on the yarn, which is why I haven't bought any yet. All I know is I'd love pure silk, but as it will be undyed, it won't be white. Instead, it will be ivory and I am not sure I want that, so I may choose a different material instead. Hm. It's a good thing the wedding is still quite a way off.

Do you have any nice knits to distract you right now?

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Countess Ablaze Pencil Roving: Psychosocial

It's not that my stash isn't big enough already, but how can you resist some Countess Ablaze yarn or fibre if you have gift cards waiting to be used? Silly question, of course you can't. 

So last week I ordered pencil roving in the fab colourway Psychosocial. There's a whopping 200g or it per hank so whether you decide to knit it as is or use it for spinning your own yarn, you can get a lot out of it. I haven't worked with pencil roving before, so I intend to use it for spinning, perhaps with a spindle instead of a wheel this time. 

That said, I haven't spun anything for a year now and feel very guilty about it. It doesn't look like I will have much time for it in the near future either and as you may have noticed, I haven't been knitting as much as usual either.

I do have some WIPs, though, so there's hope yet!

Sunday, 12 June 2016

Knitting Inspiration: Wedding Shawl Edition

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Big changes are on the horizon at Absoknittinglutely headquarters and I must apologize for my absence in the last few weeks. I teased you with a new sock design and then never returned to report my progress. That's because there hasn't been much, but there is also another reason: I am getting married!

Mind, the wedding is still quite a while off, but Mark proposed to me just a week ago in Torquay and I have been too busy oragnising things and being on cloud 9 to actually knit or post anything. It did, however, give me the idea for this week's topic, as you can tell.

While I have had to disappoint people by declining to knit my own wedding dress, I would like to knit a wedding shawl. Here are four favourites from my Ravelry queue. What are yours?

1. This Shipwreck Shawl is currently my favourite and I suspect this is what I will be wearing on my wedding day. I know what yarn I want to use and I will definitely add beading - just because I like to make things even more complicated than they need to be, of course. (And because beads are awesome and give a nice bit of weight and drape to lacy shawls.) The pattern is free, so that's a bonus and won't impact the wedding budget. At first I wanted to knit the Cap Shawl, but it is only available in a book.

2. We continue the sea theme with Oceanspray, which has been in my favourites for a very long time. Since Mark proposed to me at the seaside, the shawl has got to have some connection to it. The triangular shape is a classic as is the leafy border. Luckily, this is also a free pattern.

3. Vernal Equinox Shawl Surprise appeals to me because of its semicircular shape. I can see this being worn as a veil, actually. The many different stitch patterns make for an interesting mix, so if you are looking for something that isn't too plain, this could be a good choice. Once again, this pattern is free.

4. Finally, Laminaria is a free pattern that has been in my favourites on Ravelry for a long time. It comes in two sizes and looks stunning once finished. I have seen it in person and really have no excuse not to have knitted it for myself yet. The floral stitch patterns are beautiful and you can't go wrong with this one on your wedding day. 

Which would you choose?