I finished my Farmer McGregor's socks, and I love them so much.
I spoke a little about the yarn (WYS Signature) last post, and nothing's changed my opinon. It's a great yarn to that has blocked exceptionally well, and I'll definitely be ordering more.
The pattern is the most delicious texture too. I really love twisted stitch patterns, especially when they are all waffley like this one.
I taught a lovely Beginner's Knitting class at the Handmaker's Factory last weekend. We had loads of fun working on some sweet little mug cosies and eating cupcakes!
I've got a couple more workshops coming up, so if you're interested head over to Handmaker's website and take a peak. There's workshops for Toe-up socks, Textured knitting, and Flattering Fit, just to name a few.
My little KAL - The Summer of the Single Skein - is winding up. As we draw close to Easter, the weather here has remained warm and pleasant but you can feel the change in the breeze and I'm definitely ready to start thinking about bigger projects and winter woollies.
My final project for the KAL is Exploration Station, a large shawl by Stephen West. It was his mystery KAL for 2014, and watching all the progress photos pop up on Instagram, I knew I wanted to make one. I missed the original KAL, but no big deal. I actually preferred seeing how the pattern played out because I think colour choices were key to the success or fail of this shawl. Having the information in advance, I chose this group.
from top left, clockwise: Skein Top Draw Sock "Fig"; Colinette Jitterbug "Oyster Blush"; Waikiwi "Stone"; Cascade Heritage " Plum"
The shawl combines sections of short-row garter wedges to start, then finishes with sections of different stitch patterns. I've just finished the brioche section which combines Colour B (Skein "Fig") and Colour C (Waikiwi "Stone"), and I'm quite torn...the top photo is the right side, and the variegated Skein is sitting "on top" which is very subtle.
You can see in the second photo that the solid Waikiwi is on top on the wrong side, and stands out quite a bit more.
I'm not sure whether to rip back and reverse the two? I do like the obviousness of the cream columns, but I'm also thinking the subtlety of the variegated is nice too? The next section is slipped stitches in the Waikiwi and Jitterbug , so there will be some dominant cream there - maybe it would be too much to have both?
Oh, I don't know!! I can't make up my mind to save myself on this one. What do you think? I tend to over-analyse these things, so any input is welcome!
Finally, I'm on holidays now until after Easter. My girl and I are heading off to camp by the ocean for the next few days, and I can't tell you how much we need it.
I'm looking forward to falling asleep to the sound of the waves, and smelling the salt air as I wake up each morning. I'm also looking forward to just taking time out together. We'll be switching off for the time away (the teenager thinks it's a travestity being inflicted upon her by a cruel and unloving mother, most definitely but there's nothing new!) so I will see you all when we get back - hopefully renewed and full of energy.