It's Friday again - and October - where is the time going? Soon it will be legitimately acceptable to start thinking about Christmas... Anyway, before I panic about Christmas knitting, let me talk about what I've been working on this week.
It's been a while coming - but my Prickly Thistle Mittens are finished! I'm really happy with them - I don't like colour work as a rule - it's too time consuming and fiddly and I don't particularly knitting it, but I love these mittens. The pattern is by SpillyJane and I used Eden Cottage Yarns in 'Bowland DK' in the 'Steel' colourway and 'Oakworth DK' in the 'Midnight' colourway. I can't wait for it to get cold enough to wear these!
Another project that feels like it's been on my needles for far too long - my Dyad socks - they're finally finished! These are the Dyad Top Down Socks pattern from Sock Architecture by Lara Neel. I used Malabrigo Sock in the 'Abril' colourway. I love the colours of the yarn, the band heel was really interesting to knit and I'm not 100% sold on the sideways toe yet - but I'll see how it wears before I pass judgement on it!
Because I finished my Dyad socks, I obviously had to cast on another pair of socks. Can you believe I only have one pair of socks on the needles - who am I!? So I pulled out a skein of the yarn I hand dyed a while back and cast on for some plain toe up, vanilla socks. I turned the heel at work today (on my lunch break, I'm not actually allowed to knit during the hours I'm being paid for - sad face) and have put a few rounds on the leg. I love how the colours are working up - with the speckles of bright red. I'm not usually a red or pink person, but I really like this colour!
I also whipped up another Bluebird of Happiness this week - using the free ravelry pattern from Sara Elizabeth Kellner - out of more of my handspun. This time I wound off enough yarn for the head before I started (you pick up stitches for the head after you've knit the body) so I could keep the colour gradient correct. I'm thinking of making some with catnip stuffed inside - as little presents for the cats, or attaching ribbons to make Christmas decorations? Hmmm...
I put a fair amount of work on my Divine cardigan commission - I'd finished the back and now one of the fronts is done too. I need to cast on for the next front panel before I lose momentum on this project! This is pattern 7176 by Sirdar and is being knit out of Sirdar Divine yarn. It's sort of 'faux handspun' yarn but 72% Polyester and 28% Acrylic - and sparkly. But it takes all sorts!
My Hitchhiker Shawl by Martina Behm was barely touched this week. I put one solitary point on it - taking it to 30 points in total. I'm using handspun for this project and I love how it's knitting up - but it's a lot of garter stitch, which is slowing me down!
The project that's probably seen the most work this week is my Pomme de Pin cardigan by Amy Christoffers, that I'm knitting of Madeline Tosh 'Pashmina' in the 'Leopard' colourway. I'm nearing eleven inches on it now - and I just want to wear it already!! I think I have seven inches or so to work on it before I hit the next part of the pattern - I'd really like this finished by my birthday - early November - for no reason other than I like an arbitrary deadline!
I haven't done any spinning at all this week - but I have done some dyeing.
I had a lot of undyed skeins hanging out in the depths of my stash - and not anymore! I've been honing my dye techniques and I'm pretty happy with the results!
Right - I'm off to work on my Pomme de Pin cardigan and put my feet up for the evening, before working again tomorrow.