Are you monogamous? Are you a monogamous knitter I mean? Are you a selfish knitter? I have been watching (listening) to knitting podcasts recently. Sitting in the garden or lying in bed on a Sunday morning, waiting for my breakfast, is my podcast time. Strange, I don't read knitting blogs, nor have I come across quilting podcasts, except for Yvonne's quilting video inserts.
I have also finally got to grips with Ravelry. It has taken a while. Pinterest is next. I have found that if I hashtag my instagram photos it will upload them to Ravelry. None of that emailing photos to myself when blogging, 5 mins to write the blog, 45 mins to sort out the photos taken on the phone.
And do you know? Knitting is fun too. There are knit a longs you can take part in where you can link up your knits, primarily socks. Ellie from #crafthousemagic on ig and ravelry has a summersockskal . I linked up the bright pink Rose City Rollers socks from last month. I liked them so much I knitted another pair in grey cotton wool from, would you believe, Lidl. They used just under 50g of
Time for a change of pattern, though I will be back to that. Flicking through Ravelry I came across the Mercury socks, designed by Kim Drotar and a free download. I had a random 50g ball of Drops Faber wool in a dusky pink, bought in the now defunct Textile Studio two years ago. I think if I make these short summer socks, I will just about make it in the 50g.
If not, I will finish the toes in a contrast cream and pink fleck "borrowed" from my Skein Queen purchase blogged in my Yarnfolk post. What I will not make is the end of Ellie's link up, the end of the month is looming too quickly. Yesterday I knitted like mad, today I watched Game of Thrones. Such is life. They are knitting I think to a small size 4. I also changed the heel to the slip/rib heel of the previous socks.
In between I have been updating my portfolio. My Portfolio shawl designed by Erika Flory has finally been started, and then just as easily stopped again. I love this wool, sorry yarn. The skeins were bought Easter 2016 in Philadelphia's Loop Knits. I love how the blue is slightly variant in the concentration of blue. Not a huge variation as in a fade, but just a subtle variation. I emailed the shop as I wasn't sure of what needle size to use, I got a reply instantly, reassuring me I was on the right road. Good customer service. And how I have come on in just over a year! At time of purchase I insisted on a print copy of the pattern. Now I know I should have asked for a Ravelry download. This Easter when I bought more
One more yarn update. Last week I won a fantastic prize. I entered a giveaway on instagram, it is great for that. I won!! And again, this was a prize I was really pleased with.
The lovely @kellylay1512 has a small family business layfamilyyarn.etsy.com . Kelly is an indie dyer and her yarns are beautiful. I won a 100g skein duckling colourway yarn in a merino nylon blend. There were two sock blanks, each hand painted, one in purples and the other in greens. Now what are sock blanks? Yarn that is knitted up in a tube then hand dyed. Then unravelled and knitted up again as socks giving a random pattern.
As Kelly put it there were some extras too. A handmade bar of lego soap! Some sweets and a lollipop, a lovely lavender pin cushion and a brilliant tin. It is almost as if Kelly knows me. I love tins! This tin has flowers on it, the epp flowers I have been slogging over for ages. Inside it is a packet of tissues with the same design. If ever a tin was designed for me, or tissues, these are it!
Signing off today a very happy bunny.