I’m really trying hard to blog about knitting, but everything I’m making at the moment seems to be either incredibly boring to photograph, or a gift for someone!

Today I have been ‘getting things done’ I think the spring cleaning bug finally caught up with me (spring wasn’t that long ago…) and I’ve been de-cluttering. This includes gathering up skeins of yarn which have been lying around on my desk since being plied months ago - just waiting for their bath. Those are done, which means I can start knitting up one of them into a project I have planned - the others are only half of a spinning job and I won’t start knitting it until I see what yardage I get.

I have also blocked the shawl I finished a couple of weeks ago, it’s a birthday present so - once again - no photos. Sorry to be so boring! I’ll show you in a few weeks when it’s arrived. As an aside, are blocking wires really so awesome? I’ve been thinking of buying a set, but it just took me literally 8 mins to pin out the shawl after its bath. Will wires really be quicker/easier? Thoughts below please. I think perhaps for a long rectangle/scarf they might be, but triangles I have down to a fine art.

Here’s something I can show you:


It’s currently being turned into a particularly boring strip of garter stitch, the foundation of the Shetland Shorty. It popped up on my friend activity and I decided I had to have one! Really too boring to take pictures of yet though. I love the way this yarn looks exactly like cookies and cream ice-cream!

I’m also knitting two Socktopus Mystery Shawls - I finished the first clue of the red one so quickly I couldn’t bear to wait for the next clue and cast on a second.They look a bit like this:



The red one (Malabrigo sock) is nearly done, the green one (seasilk) is still at clue one. I initially meant to give away the red one - but then the intended recipient jpoined the KAL! If you were knitting the mystery shawl, would you still like to get another one for Christmas??

Spinning at the moment is the next Spin! project, I’ve done one bobbin and finding it hard to get back into it with the stickiness prevailing in London at the moment. I might dig out the charkha and spin some more cotton - much more suited to the climate.

7 Responses to “Knitting Latest…”
  1. Jo says:

    I’m not knitting the mystery shawl, it looks lovely, don’t think I’ve got anything suitable to knit it with either. Looks good, I’d have room for 2, for sure!

  2. Kate says:

    I think you can never have too many pretty shawls. Especially if they’re totally different colours..!

  3. Jagienka says:

    Love the yarn for your Shetland Shorty. Glad you decided to knit it ;o)

    These mystery shawls caught my eye, what a great stitch … got to look it up on Ravelry.

  4. Carie says:

    I resisted blocking wires for a really long time and finally caved in and got some in June and I think they are brilliant. Mind you, I couldn’t have pinned a triangular shawl out in 8 minutes before I got them! Your mystery shawls both look great - and who can have too many shawls?

  5. Daisy says:

    Thanks for the link to the Shetland Shorty pattern - hadn’t come across it and I’ve now added it to my queue!

  6. Mulene says:

    Did you try the blocking wires? I’ve never actually blocked anything (other than socks) - is that shocking? Clearly with the smskal that will need to change. I didn’t realise how thick those wired I lent you are. Lemme know how you got on :)

  7. probablyjane says:

    I love wearing plain, simple clothes but like knitting complicated patterns so if I knit for myself I have to prepare myself for a a fair few hours of mindless knitting. Good reason tohave a few more projects on the needles to break things up a bit!

    I have blocking wires - you do get a really symmetrical finish but if you have a good eye then why bother? You’re welcome to borrow mine to try out.

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