20.05.13

This project gave me back my knitting mojo! Swallowtail in Miranda Heavy Lace, and I used about 90g of it. More details on my project page.






I couldn’t find a good match for the colour in beads, so I went with a soft gold. I think it works. I’m giving this to a dear friend; I know she will love it.

15.04.13

I’m delighted to announce a collaboration between Posh Yarn and Boo Knits. The Spirit Collection has just been released and the first pattern of the collection ‘Intrepid Spirit’ has been created for us using one skein of Miranda Heavy Lace and lots of beads (though they are always optional). It is a relatively easy shawl to knit, with the diamonds in the pattern getting larger and more heavily beaded as you progress through the pattern, all ending with a beaded lace border. There are no wrong side pattern rows, nothing complicated and Bev promises that you do not need to be either intrepid or adventurous to knit this shawl.

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Free post on everything left in the shop this morning!

13.03.13

This cold weather certainly makes a girl want to knit. While we were away last week, I finished up two projects, which gives you a warm glow of satisfaction (one rarely felt, since a combination of slow knitting and perennial cast-on-itis means that I rarely finish anything!). Here they are, but you must excuse the lazy photographs: Tony has decided that this week, bitterly cold as it is, and also while we are fighting a nasty cold virus, would make a splendid time to take out our old woodburning stove and put in a new one, which means no heat for a few days. I’ve lost all will to live, let alone take gorgeous photographs. If anyone wants me, I’ll be huddled under the duvet with my electric blanket on full.

Baby Offset Wraplan, in Rowan Felted Tweed DK (scree), with contrasting crocheted edging, and ceramic buttons from Etsy. How adorable is this? A good friend is having her third baby any day now, and this is for her. I am particularly proud of that edging, I think I might want to use that on a sweater for myself next…..

Textured Shawl, in Posh Yarn Catherine (Winter Tides). This shawl sucked the life out of me. That textured stitch looks fab, but is a right royal pain-in-the to do. And the yarn bled all over my sweaty little fingers – although a quick rinse at the end sorted that out, I was relieved to find. I got a fairly big shawl out of this one skein, finished dimensions of 64″ x 25″. Not bad for 100g of yarn. Catherine is heavenly, and blocks really well. I should have taken a photo while it was neatly blocking, oh well.

20.11.12

I’m going to confess something (and I bet you won’t be a bit surprised). I totally went off knitting for a while. For months. I actually hated it for a bit. I said to my friends & family, I don’t care if I never knit another stitch in my life. I ruthlessly went through my stash and projects, and gave 99% of them away. I kept two projects – my handspun knee socks, and Blair in cherry red Martha DK. I kept no yarn at all. Everyone said to me, its the time of year, you’re enjoying sewing more now, but come the autumn, you’ll want to knit again. You’re wrong, I thought. So wrong. I worried about it, because how bad is it to be a yarn seller and not knit?! But I really, really didn’t want to. I couldn’t think of anything I wanted to knit (or wear). I’m not a sweater kind of girl. I like knitted socks, but I’m not that keen on making them. I have a lot of shawls already. I resigned myself to it, put my knitting bag away, and kept quiet.

And then the weather changed. It started getting chilly. A shawl was suddenly very good to wear, warm but light. I’m not a fan of coats, I don’t like to feel restricted. I realised that I don’t actually have enough shawls, I need them in several more colours. I cast on Bakau in Audrey 4ply. Oh my goodness, Audrey 4ply. I don’t know if I’ve ever knitted with a more amazing yarn (and that includes Sophia & Eva). It was heaven. Like knitting with butter…… but less gross. The pattern was fun too. I zipped along. And before I knew where I was, I was enjoying knitting again. I started queueing patterns. I started pinching yarn from the updates (well, wouldn’t you?!). I have a stash again, this time all Posh.

Now, all I want to do is knit. Sit by the fire, listen to a book or some music, and knit. My sewing machine is gathering dust. I’m halfway through several quilts, and I’ve lost my drive. It seems like so much effort, compared to curling up in a chair and quietly knitting. I guess it really is all seasonal. Knitting is a very hibernatory thing (what, that’s a word!) to do. Very cosy, very gentle. A bowl of soup, as opposed to a salad. The seasons are leading me. That’s okay. It’s nice to be multi faceted.

Look how pretty!

01.09.12

Whew, getting this shop update ready has been a little tricky! After the show, we decided we were in such chaos anyway (half the shelving in the yarn room had been dismantled, as it also serves as the display shelving for shows) that we might as well go right ahead with our plans to switch work room and bedroom around. This means that we will have a far larger work room, with plenty of space for Posh, as well as room for my crafting, and a little (a very little) corner for Tony’s office. But when you live in a cottage as small as this one, any disruption affects the whole house, including work space. So, it’s been a little…….. challenging this week. But we’re getting there!

Thank you for your patience and understanding with the preview delay yesterday. After an 11 hour sleep I felt much more the thing this morning, and whizzed through the rest of the photos. The camera behaved too – I swear it can smell fear, because it only ever plays up at the worst possible of times. Yesterday it would NOT see yellows or greens, in addition to the usual way it struggles with turquoise, teal, and violet. But today it cooperated. So, here’s a screenshot of the Flickr set for the week:

And the shop preview is now up, here. We were having next week off, but we’ve changed our plans, so there will be a shop update next Sunday as normal, with the addition of some orphans.

Now then, onto even more important things. I was mortified at the show to be practically the only person there not wearing anything knitted.

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The thing is though, I get hot when I’m nervous, so a shawl was out, and I don’t have any lightweight sweaters or cardigans that would have worked. So as soon as we came home, I started searching for the perfect pattern. I wanted something light, but preferably not lace weight, as I’m not that comfortable knitting with fine yarn. So I was hoping to find a pattern to use with Catherine, our heavy lace weight merino yarn. I had 4 skeins in a bright violet/purple, which is totally me, and has the advantage of never photographing properly, so I didn’t feel too guilty about snatching it from the shop. I settled on Pivot, which I think is lovely, and just my style. It will work with jeans or a skirt, and looks very flattering. I had resigned myself to it taking For.Ever to knit (especially since it is knitted flat, purl rows, the horror), but after 3 days I’m already halfway up one arm, which isn’t bad at all.

And oh, my dears, Catherine is just a joy to knit with, it really is. I think it might be my desert island yarn. I loved it in Quill, but that was undyed, and also garter stitch, which isn’t my favourite to knit. But I can definitely see more Catherine garments in my future. I’m getting 27 stitches & 44 rows to 4”, on 3mm needles, unblocked (but I am a very loose knitter). And it’s smooshy, sheepy heaven. Look (yes, the colourway really is this bright):

Three skeins should be ample for this pattern for my size (39″). If you have some Catherine sitting in your stash, and don’t know what to make with it, I would warmly recommend a sweater or cardigan. A couple of Poshies on our Ravelry group have shared photos of sweaters they’ve made with it, and they really do look gorgeous. I’m assured that it frogs well too!!! If you haven’t tried Catherine yet, well there’s plenty on the update this week (and some next week too). I don’t usually plug a yarn quite this much – but it’s more than a little bit special!!