Spotted on a menu at the Quad in Derby. An epic Stitch & Bitch!
It made me think, if you could invite any three characters to a crafternoon tea party, who would they be?
This week (14 – 21 October) is British Wool Week. To mark the event, I’ve been trying to knit out and about, mainly in places where I can get a cup of tea. The cafes of York have done a roaring trade this week.
This had to be my absolute favourite.
Not only did I get a chai latte…
but this was the view I got to knit with!
Marks and Spencer York, I salute you.
My Christmas gift knitting has started in earnest. I’ve compiled lists (always the first thing I do in any situation) of the people I want to make gifts for, the gifts I want to make, and the yarn I’ll need to buy. I’ve even purchased most of the yarn I’m going to need. I feel like I’ve made good progress.
But after this, of course, comes the actual knitting-of-the-gifts part. Which presents me with the ‘gift conundrum’. How do I blog about knitting gifts for Christmas, when the recipients of those gifts read this blog? I don’t want to ruin all of my surprises, after all!
So while I obviously want to blog about the projects I’m knitting as Christmas gifts, I’m going to be a bit vague on what exactly they are, and especially who they’re for! My family and friends might guess who’s getting what… but I’ll neither confirm nor deny anything until Christmas!
This is the first gift project I’m working on. The wool is Scrumptious 4 ply from Fyberspates, in ‘Teal’.
It’s incredibly soft. I’m using it to make the ‘whitlam cowl’, a pattern by Jo Spreckley intended for Baa Ram Ewe‘s own yarn, ‘Titus’. I actually intend to make a version in Titus as well, but for the person I have in mind for this gift, the bright colour of this Scrumptious yarn was too good to miss.
The lace pattern is very simple, only two rows that repeat until the cowl has reached the desired length.
It’s very simple but looks really lovely, and it really is super soft! Which of course presents me with an additional Christmas gift conundrum – what to do when I want to make myself a duplicate of everything I’m making other people? Buy double the yarn, I guess…!
I woke up the other morning, and smelled woodsmoke. As I live in the middle of the city, I should probably have been a bit worried. But instead I leapt out of bed and threw open the window because, finally, autumn has arrived. I don’t know why everywhere smells of woodsmoke at this time of year, but it does. I absolutely love this season, with the misty mornings, the colours of the leaves, and the sudden desperate need to start knitting warming winter knitwear as soon as possible.
I am celebrating Socktober this year, although I can’t spend all my time on knitting socks since I’ve got a lot of christmas gift knitting to be getting on with! But I do have a pair to knit and a pair to complete. Today I started the new pair in the wool above, Crazy Zauberball Sock Yarn in shade 2092 ‘My Sweet Side’. I chose really autumnal colours, since I’ll be knitting them right through the trees changing colour.
I’ve already made quite good progress. I love the changing colours, not only do they remind me of trees in autumn but the changes keep me interested, which is always a bonus when I’m knitting a basic sock pattern!
So my early autumn evening is sorted, I hope you’re all enjoying the start of proper knitting season!
A couple of weeks ago myself and a couple of friends went to Bolton Castle in Wensleydale, North Yorkshire.
For us self-confessed history geeks, obviously the fourteenth century castle was a fantastic day out! The castle is on the edge of the valley, with amazing views. Although half the castle is ruined, the other half is decorated with reproduction furniture and had some really interesting displays. We even got to see a falconry demonstration just outside the walls!
We also explored the beautiful gardens in the sunshine. The bees were enjoying it as much as we were!
In the gift shop, we even discovered that the castle sells wool from it’s own sheep, in beautiful natural colours. I bought a ball in cream and also a pattern to make some fancy hand warmers.
I couldn’t have found a better souvenir for our day out!