Still Knitting

I’ve spent quite a bit of time on my allotment recently, but I am still knitting I promise!  Currently on my needles is a pattern by Cath Ward called Lazy Ocean Shawl. I’m making it out of Fyberspates Scrumptious Lace a luxurious, 55% merino and 45% silk blend.

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I cast on sometime in March (I’ve gotten really slack at updating my project pages on Ravelry and I can’t remember when exactly).  Its on 2.75mm needles and laceweight yarn so I’m not expecting to finish it any time soon either, but I’m past the halfway mark and really enjoying taking my time knitting it.

The pattern only has four other projects on Ravelry but I can’t imagine that staying that way for long as its a lovely design and well written with both charts and written instructions.  In fact, I recommend checking out Cath Wards pattern page as its full of pretty lace shawls and scarves that are all available for free.

I made a few modifications; I added some width, omitted a couple of the eyelet stitches at the edges and didn’t do the border at the start as I wanted to have as much of the stole in the lazy ocean pattern as possible.  If you’re interested in the details of the mods, you can find them on my project page.

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I think of this as the ugly duckling stage of lace knitting; it doesn’t look like much now, but I know this will be beautiful when finished.

Manchester

I was recently in Manchester to visit a friend from university and see Muse on their Drones Tour (they were absolutely amazing!)  But this isn’t a music blog so I’ll keep it mostly on topic.

While I was there I visited Abakhan’s fabric and knitting shop.  I could have spent hours (and a lot of money!) in there, rummaging through the stacks of remnants and bolts.  They also have 50% off Liberty fabric and I’ve wanted to try Liberty Tana Lawn for ages so I bought enough of this beautiful feather design to make a dress.

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I’m not certain what style of dress I’m going to make yet, but I’ve narrowed it down to something from one of Gertie Hersch’s books, possibly a variation on the shirt dress in her first book.  I’d definitely recommend visiting Abakhan’s if you’re in Manchester as their stock varies from what’s available online and you get to touch the fabric and speak to their helpful staff.  In my opinion, their knitting range isn’t worth going out of your way for; very standard brands that are easily available anywhere in the UK.

We followed this with tea and cake at Teacup Kitchen where I couldn’t resist ordering a slice of Rainbow Cake.  You can’t help but smile when you have this in front of you!

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I’m not a big tea drinker, coffee is my beverage of choice, but when in Rome… so I ordered Indian Chai with a touch of honey which was very lovely indeed. These people take their tea very seriously; I’ve never had it come with its own set of coloured egg timers so you can brew it for exactly 3, 4 or 5 minutes!

The trip also involved many hours on trains (one was delayed for over an hour at Nottingham!) so plenty of time for knitting.  I like to take socks on train journeys; they’re perfect small projects.  I’ve been working on this in The Knitting Goddess‘s merino/nylon sock yarn:

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I love each and every colour in this yarn, it’s so pretty.  I wanted a simple pattern that would show off the colour and not get lost in it so I used slip stitches and mini cables.  I think it works quite well and it also means it knits up fairly quickly so it won’t be long before it moves from the needles to the feet.