Lovely yarn

As you will all know I love Alpaca yarns.  I am currently knitting the Vibrant Colourwork Sweater as shown in the last post and  am enjoying every stitch I am knitting.

Rowan Alpaca Colour is a real pleasure to knit with. It’s one of those yarns that just glides off the needles. I have already made one sleeve and have started the second one. The body with all its wondrous colourwork is calling me but I am remaining strong and knitting the sleeves first. I love this pattern and yarn

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New Beginnings

As well as finishing lots of projects in August I joined a gym. I still can’t quite believe it but after talking about it for many years I am finally doing it. Not only have I joined, but I have used the gym and taken a class. I have discovered I am fitter than I thought I was but I cannot use a tread mill. It is rather frustrating, I mean it’s only walking. To  my surprise I am a natural on the cross trainer and bikes. I had an induction with the lovely Zoe who has given me great advice on which classes to take and how long to use each machine until I have my next session with her.  I am looking forward to using the gym at least twice a week and have my sights set on a few different classes. I am determined to keep it up.

On the crafting front I still have numerous sewing projects cut out ready to sew. I really need to get on with them or Harry and Evalyn will have outgrown them. On the knitting front I have started Hogwarts Express by Susan Ashcroft in the most gorgeous purple pink Yarn Hollow Tor Worsted Superwash, the shade name is violent violet. I do love the yarn and wanted to knit the pattern but the reason I am using the both now is because the lovely Harry did his usual of picking up the ball of wool, holding it to his face and saying ooo wool. Unfortunately he had been eating Dairylea and some got on the yarn, now even though I wiped it off I couldn’t really wash the yarn properly without it being made up. Well done Harry, good choice!

One of the projects I want to knit and have kitted up is the gorgeous Vibrant Colourwork Pullover from the new Vogue Knitting by Marie Wallin. I would really love to do it in the same colours as the pattern but I am determined not to add to my stash so am knitting it in slightly different colours. I will still be using the two main colours yellow and green, a slightly different green.

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Luckily I did have the yarn except in slightly different colours. Orange will be replaced with red. I am really looking forward to knitting this in the fabulously wonderful and soft Rowan Alpaca Colour and Rowan Kid Classic. I plan on knitting this in the round up to the arms and will be knitting the arms first. I can’t wait to start knitting it

 

August

I can’t believe it’s September already. August has passed in a blur. I have been working fulltime and getting into a new sleep routine and doing lots of crafting. There are a lot of swap groups on Ravelry and I enjoy doing lots of swaps. One of the groups I am in decided to have a WIP finishing month and this proved to be the kick up the backside I needed.

I am desperate to start a new project but used some self control to not start one until I finished three WIPs I had. Although I didn’t start anything new I did start looking at new projects and putting the yarn together for a few. There is an endless stream of exciting and beautiful new patterns to inspire me and no matter how often I say , that’s it I’m not buying anymore books or magazines there is always another gorgeous design that entices me.

In August I finally finished my daughters neon socks from my own pattern

Knitted a shawl We are Stardust which I had a few issues with , definitely user error what did I expect knitting at 2am.

And I finally finished my mystery cushion 2012. I really enjoyed getting these finished. The only problem is that I now have a long list of projects to knit, mainly jumpers, when I really need a cardigan!