Greetings from under the Gypsy Caravan Blanket! I came home from work today and took my laptop to bed and oooooh my goodness how nice is it to be lying down! This last week has been exHAUSTing. Crazy long days that start at 9am and finish at 9pm, far too much time spent out of the house doing work and other important things I can’t not do, and far too little time doing things I want to do! Friday, Saturday and Monday I got home and was too tired to knit. Seriously. So here I am, lying in bed with tomorrow, a whole day off stretching ahead of me… it feels great.
So how is life for you? Good I hope! I’ve got lots of pretty pictures to show you today, prepare yourselves for a colour blast… Despite being busy I did have a free morning to do some dyeing, and now have so much to spin I’ve banned myself from buying anything until I’ve made a dent in my stash. But first, I finished the socks I was knitting from the sock yarn I dyed in this post…
When I took this skein out of the dye pot and dried it, I saw that I had missed bits and there was quite a lot of white in the skein….
But decided not to worry and was actually very happy with the result! I could not believe that this random dyed yarn knitted up so fabulously into STRIPES!!!
Ta Daaaa!!! I was so thrilled with these socks, so amazed that they patterned themselves so perfectly! And the base yarn, superwash merino with 25% nylon is the best sock yarn I’ve ever knitted with.
KB loved them too…. so I cast off and have them to her.
That’s two pairs in a row I’ve given away, madness! But she doesn’t really get excited over my hand knitted socks and I’ve been so desperate to introduce her to the amazingness that is socks, hugs for your feet, there is nothing like putting on a pair of socks fresh off the needles, so as soon as she said she loved them I handed them over.
That’s her feet there modelling…..
I get heeeeeaps of people asking questions about my socks and whether I can publish the pattern… It’s not my pattern and I don’t feel comfortable pinching other people’s patterns, so I won’t be publishing a pattern on here. The pattern is the super easy sock pattern from Knitting Rules, by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee aka the Yarn Harlot. It’s a very easy pattern to follow and I highly recommend you buy the book as the Yarn Harlot is hilariously funny and the book is one of her best. Probably her best actually… I can’t wait to read her latest, I have it pre-ordered and am dying for it to arrive in my letterbox! The only modification I have made to her pattern is the toes because I don’t so much enjoy the pointy toed look of hand knitted socks, and you can read about how I do my nice rounded toes in this post. So I hope that is helpful for you… buy the book! You won’t regret it, I promise!
I started a new pair yesterday which are for me by the way….
So what else have I been up to? Dyeing… lots of it! As a birthday gift, my lovely Mum gave me a kilo of white Polwarth to dye and I had a lot of fun with it over the last week…
My colours have turned out quite pastel toned, but I like that, for now I’m enjoying the soothing colours rather than the bright retina-scarring hues I’m normally attracted to!
Want to see more?
That bottom braid is 250gms, the rest are approximately 100gms each. That’s a lot of spinning. I am officially on a yarn diet… no more buying new yarn until I’ve worked my way through at least some of what I have. The only exception is sock yarn… there must be an exception as I have an addiction here people and sometimes there will be times that I just need a hit.
And last but not least for today, a new friend for Harriet…. introducing Molly the Maude and Me Monster!
Molly is a bit of a mess I must admit… I used 3.75mm needles and should have used at LEAST 5mm needles because the wool was so thick! And she is knitted from some of my very first handspun which is very uneven… it’s funny how I remember spinning it and thinking how careful I was being and how proud I was of that skein… six weeks later I pull it out and it feels like knitting with a telephone cord it is plyed so tightly but that is the learning journey! So while Molly is a bit of a mess I still love her as she is made from the very beginnings of my spinning career and I will always have her to remind me how I used to spin!
Harriet doesn’t mind, they are quite special friends. There is one more monster to introduce you to, but he is currently mouthless and will be until I can find more white felt… the fairies seem to have pinched the little scrap I had, so Drew the Drumcarder Monster’s ta daaa moment will have to wait!
OK lovelies, I’m off, I hope you enjoyed your visit into my little crafty world today! I’m well overdue visiting many of my favourite blogs so I’m off for a good look around. Sending you all thoughts filled with love,
from Alice and Raymond XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
p.s Not to forget a Richie update….
He is just the cutest….