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Bracken Beanie

When I got to Edinburgh, one of the first things that happened was an impromptu gift exchange. Kate made us all  project bags and brought Kiwi chocolate:

and Kat gave us Northern Yarns Yealand Manor (all the wool come from one flock of sheep!) and the Bracken Beanie pattern to match. During the trip I got obsessed with knitting this, and I cast it on as soon as I got home. Maybe it was me trying to extend my holiday - we saw a lot of bracken when we were hiking, or maybe it's because I don't have any cabled hats, or maybe I just wanted to.

It was a glorious knit. the yarn is stunning and sheepy and beautiful, the pattern well written and fun. I love a ribbing that merges off into the body of the pattern.
As I finished it I knew it needed a pom-pom. A big one.Sonia was kind enough to bring her clover pom-pom maker to Monday night knitting, and Katie "directed" my efforts and together we made this wonderful pom-pom.

This hat already has so many memories, from the new frien…

Some stories about yarn I bought...

I'm not going to list everything I bought at EYF, beacuse that would be boring, but I am going to tell some stories - and then do a stash count, because I am apparently obsessed with statistics.

I bought yarn for some big projects, all of which, I'm pleased to say were on my shopping list. I knew I wanted yarn for a Boxy pullover. Something speckled, but not loud. On the afternoon of the first day I mentioned this to Kate, who pulled me into the marketplace, looked around pointed to the Wool Kitchen (who I had been following on Instagram for a while) and said - "There it is" and indeed, there it was, the perfect yarn:


I also knew I wanted to buy yarn for Kate Davies'  Strathendrick jumper. Same shape, but colourwork. The show was crowded, and choosing colours is hard and I had basically given up by the afternoon. And then this lady walked past:
I bailed her up, complimented her and then asked what yarn she used. "Its my yarn, I'm selling it at Ysolda's …

What I knit while in Scotland

While I was away I planned to knit Andrea Mowry's What The Fade shawl. And I did. Short story!

The full story:

This was a great travel project. I did cast on and learn to brioche on a car trip, which left me feeling a bit ill, but after that it was all smooth sailing. It was simple enough to knit in all circumstances, and the ever changing colours kept the interest up.

I had the fun of buying the last two colours at Edinburgh Yarn Fest, and got a couple of speckled yarns from Mothy and the Squid!  They were the first things I bought at the festival, and they were exactatly what I was looking for:

This shawl was originally a mystery knit a long and I cannot imagine doing it that way. The final rows are endless, which was fine for me - I did the 500+ stitch iCord cast off on a two hour bus trip. The shawl took me exactly four weeks, and on holidays I knit a lot!

I'm wearing it now, and it's lovely and bright and warm and fun.

Each ball has between 59 and 23 grams left over:

Any ide…

A quick wrap up of our Scottish adventures

I really did plan to blog while I was away, but then I remembered how much I hate typing on my phone, so, here's the wrap up our month in Scotland, which divided itself neatly into 4 weeks:

Week 1: Edinburgh Yarn Festival 

I recommend reading Kate's wrap up, because she sums it up perfectly. Also, I failed to get a photo of the three of us in our stasis jumpers, so I've used hers:


It was amazing, sharing an Air B and B with other knitters, getting to spend time with Kate, and getting to meet Grace and Kat in person.

The festival itself was so much fun. I did most of my shopping on the Thursday, which was the quietest day. On the Friday I had an advanced Kitchener class with Woolly Wormhead, and a talk by the always inspiring Kate Davies, and Saturday I did a class about knitting and place with Karie Westermann, which changed the way I look at knitting design.

One of the real highlight was walking around, or sitting in the marquee, seeing everyone in their amazing designs, and b…

Holiday readiness

I've been getting ready to fly out tomorrow night. Because I finished my last project on Wednesday, I've been doing homework for my EYF classes and knitting on my sockyarn blanket. i'm looking forward to casting on a massive big shawl. 

I have wound my yarn and packed my needles (and my spare needles, Knit-Pro have a habit of falling apart on me)
Of course, before I buy a ton of new yarn (I'm predicting 5 kilometers, but it could be quite different in either direction) I did a stashcount. My new number is 11,315 meters, the lowest it's been since I started counting.


And that's  my stash box, ready to receive the yarn I buy at EYF. 
I am going to try to blog while I'm away - I've got a new app, so hopefully it will  be easier than last time.

Millorchy tweed - my review

I received one of each colour of Kate Davies' new 4 ply yarn as part of my subscription to the West Highland Way club. They are such sweet wee balls! After I had finished up all the knitting I wanted to do before EYF I had 6 knitting days before I'm traveling, and I didn't want to leave a half finished project. I thought about knitting a pair of socks for Leon, which I could probably do, but at quite a risk of stressing my hands out. Then I decided to knit one square of the Shieling blanket.

Which I did. I'm glad i did, because I was thinking of buying a lot of this yarn for the oversized, colourwork Strathendrick jumper. I was also considering...just considering making this blanket just for the fun of it.

I knit the square, and decided "no" on all counts. The yarn is a singles, and once drifted apart in my hands while I was knitting - the whole piece is only 23 grams.

grams, so i hope that's not an average. I didn't like the slightly thick and thin nat…

Yarnalong - the one where Scotland begins

As I may have mentioned once or twice, I'm going to Edinburgh Yarn Festival, and the walking the West Highland Way. As I like to theme everything, I have a Scottish reading list (which can be found here.)  I just started reading A Big Boy Did it and Ran Awayby Christopher Brookmyre. Leon read it first, and did warn me that it contains aeroplane terrorism, which is helping with my generally relaxed attitude about flying... It's a good rollicking read though. 


I'm knitting a blanket square from Kate Davies' latest club, which is walking us down the West Highland Way - a serendipitous coincidence. I probably won't knit the blanket, I'm doing this as a swatch, and as a way to test her new yarn Millorachy Tweed. The pattern is based on the markers on the West Highland Way, so I'm feeling very themed and in the mindset for this holiday. 

I'm linking up with Ginny's monthly Yarnalong, which can be found here

A holiday before my holiday

My friend Josh came to town for his annual "I've been released from Antarctica and am visiting people" visit, and I thought it would be fun to take him somewhere new, so we spent the weekend in Dayelsford. It was lovely. We did some trail running, and we walked to five of the mineral springs the area is famous for.

 And of course I did some knitting. 
In fact, quite a lot of knitting. Between passangering in the car (we "let" Josh drive, we're nice like that) and hanging out at our rental cottage, going to restaurants and bars, I finished the socks for my father.
I think he'll love them, with their bright colours and random non-matchiness. I enjoyed knitting them, mindless knitting was perfect for this weekend.

Brioche

I've been thinking a lot about brioche recently:




Seriously, I moved jobs into the centre of town nearly six months ago, and just a short walk from my work in this:

I'm obsessed. I'm also obsessed with brioche stitch, because I'm going to  be knitting What the Fadeshawl on an airoplane, and I won't be able to check anything on the internet, and what if I don't know how to do the brioche increases, and what if i run out of yarn and what if they take my needles and what if, what if, what if.

Short story: The first time I flew out of Melbourne with friends, I didn't let anyone take photos of me at the airport, because those are the ones that get on the front page of the paper when something happens. As if not taking the photo would help. 

Hmm, this was supposed to be a post that was punny about brioche cake and brioche stitch, and insteadI've given you a glimpse inside my tortured mind. I'm going to cope with this the only way i know how:


More

This post contains more discussion about a bunch of things I've written about before -destashed yarn, sock needles and sneaker liners. Last Monday MooreCat destashed some left over sockyarn, and I snagged 50 grams of Arne and Carlos self stripping Regia. She warned me that it was only 50 grams - which is enough for a pair of Sneaker Liners for me and my size 6 feet. 
 On Friday I cast on some Rose City Rollers. I took the opportunity to knit with the KnitPicks wooden 5inch 2mm that I bought after socktober last year. I enjoyed them butin two small socks I broke two of them, so they are not really a viable long term plan. I finished the sock on 2mm Karbonz, which were ok, but not perfect. I'm hoping someone at EYF has the new Addi needles to try.

I finished the sneaker liners on Sunday - I had enough yarn left over to do a square on my sock yarn blanket. Now onwards, to knit some garishsocks for my father.
I do love the way the colours in the socks reflect the colours in my newish…

Stasis set is done!

I did reknit the mittens, because I just wasn't happy with them, and it was going to bother me. I'm going to knitters convention, and I don't want to embarrass myself!

I decided to use the Stasis motif, and transpose it onto Kate Davies' Ursula mittens. The two patterns have the same stitch count, so that kept everything very simple. 

I'm really happy with them.

I think I might have gone a leeeetle bit overboard with the set, but, well, go matchy, matchy, matchy, matchy or go home, as the saying goes.



Speckles are so hot right now

My father is having a birthday, and I've been musing about what to get him. We all know he likes his socks crazy,  After all the colourwork I've done this year, I'm in desperate need of some plain stocking stitch. Also, I've got a ball of flouro yellow Patonyle in my stash. Also also, I've still got dye made up from my dyeing experiments from last month.
So I took this:

Dripped on some dye


And got this:


I love this method of dyeing. It's very simple, very fun, very not messy and the results are amazing.

I can't wait to see how this knits up. I think they might be the craziest, funnest socks yet.






Woof

I made a dog jumper! Look how cute it is: 

Oh wait, that's Tarragon. I used him as a fit model while I was knitting it. It turns out that he and George are similar sizes which might come in handy for future dog jumpers:

I used this Drops Designs pattern. Those patterns used to scare me, because they are designed for knitters who have some idea what they are doing - the instructions are relatively brief, and this had three charts, but it was actually a straightforward knit.


I'm really happy with it. The yarn, which I scored a couple of weeks ago as part of Kris' destash, is perfect. The other thing is, I haven't knit cables for a while, so it was fun to be back at it. when I looked at ravelry to see how long it had been, I discovered that I haven't knit on needles bigger than 3.5mm all last year. 


The Stasis set is nearly done

This last week I knit a Cochal cowl, in colours and pattern to match my Stasis jumper, socks, and hat (we won't talk about the mittens). It's from Kate Davies' 7 Skeins Club - I have now knit, or attempted to knit - all 11 patterns from that club (there is a fail mitten story there too) It was a really easy, fun knit.
So easy that I finished it at Geelong Beer festival, and made Leon take photos on the train on the way home. After it was blocked the edge curled a bit less, but I'm fond of these photos, so I'm using them.
It isn't the designs fault that the edge curls, I changed it to a i-cord cast on and cast off and then went into a few rows of stocking stitch, rather than the garter called for in the pattern, to help it look more like my Scottish set.
I also left off the last couple of repeats - I think it is plenty long enough, and I was worried that if I knit it any longer it wouldn't sit nicely round my neck


And one final picture, mainly included because …