Well bugger it anyway!
I’ve been a little absent on here of late, sorry.
The truth is I’ve been a little absent of late everywhere. As I said in one of my previous posts, there have been many changes to my day to day family life recently. To top it all off, the optician spotted something amiss at my youngest’s routine eye test. He’s been to the hospital twice so far and we’re currently waiting for him to be called in for a few more checks. Fingers crossed it’ll be nothing, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
I sat down to write a different post today, but suddenly realised I had yet to share this make with you and I really do love it.
You remember these lovelies that arrived in the post a little over a month ago now? They’re the first installment of the Famous Five Sock Club from Fine Fish Yarns.
Pretty aren’t they, but what do you do with 5 mini skeins of multicoloured yarn, other than knit/crochet blanket squares or make scrappy socks?
I wish I could tell you it’s because I’ve spent my time creating things of beauty or exploring the countryside, but it’s simply as a result of trying to catch up.
In short I’ve been busy, busy with the every day stuff we all have to get done.
I have managed to squeeze a little knitting and crochet in by way of keeping sane, but it doesn’t feel like I’ve actually achieved that much. The photograph at the top of the post is a close up of the latest shawl I’ve made for the shop using Kimera from Adriafil.
Temptation is a terrible thing sometimes and the happy, summery colours of the Kimera yarn are exactly what persuaded me to take a closer look at this mercerised Egyptian cotton. I really wanted all 8 shades for the shop, but only had room enough for 6 😦
Each 50g ball costs €4.45 and contains 135 metres/149 yards, the recommended needle size is a 3.5/4mm. I find it a little thinner than a true double knit, but it’s not as fine as a 4ply either. Looking through some of the projects made using Adriafil Kimera on Ravelry, most people have opted for sport weight patterns.
The shawl is just my usual half granny square, but I do l♥ve them and I find they’re great to just throw over whatever I’m wearing. I made this one using a 5.5mm hook and three and a half balls of yarn. Tempted as I was, to crochet another row of trebles because I had enough yarn left to do so, I decided that for me and my ever shrinking 5.3″ frame the shawl is plenty big enough.
Looking at the uneven point it’s easy to spot that I didn’t get round to blocking the shawl before popping it on the mannequin, but being cotton I’m sure it’ll settle nicely before too long.
I’m completely smitten with the colourway and can’t wait to get the chance to wear it over something more summery (unlike today, which as you can tell from the photo, is a little overcast, with rain threatening to fall).
Still on a crochet theme, the 3rd clue for The Lilly Pond Crochet Along was released on the Tuesday the 5th.
This time it’s the Lilly Bud Block and on first look it doesn’t look too complicated, but truthfully, I could end up eating my own words.
The chart above shows the colours needed if you’re making the block using Stylecraft Life on the left and the alternative shades for the Special DK.
The next clue, for block 4, is due to be released Tuesday the 19th of May.
It’s all things socks here in the shop at the moment and why not? The sock I’d been knitting in one of the previous posts is now finished and I’m itching to cast on it’s companion so I can move on to my next ♥ pair ♥
I’m going to have a go at knitting a pair using the Cotton Premium from Opal. Unlike most standard sock yarns, the fibre in Cotton Premium is a blend of 38% wool, 32% polyamide & 30% cotton making it more ideal for the warmer months. A standard 4ply yarn, still with 410m on the ball but the addition of cotton also makes the colours more muted, almost pastel in tone.
My only dilemma now, is which colour to go for?
Along with the Cotton Premium I also bought another new range of sock yarn for the shop. Gallery is another Opal yarn and the colour combinations this time, could be described as anything but muted.
So it stands to reason that a delivery of new sock yarn must mean I might possibly have to have a bit of a clear out I guess?
Any of the discontinued balls of 4ply sock yarn in the basket are €5 each to clear. Most of them are fairly Autumnal shades, but I’m thinking Christmas presents (yes I did say it, sorry).
Don’t forget that although it says ‘sock’ on the label the yarns are all standard 4plys and will work to most 4ply patterns. Who doesn’t need a Hitchhiker or two?
As I mentioned in the last post, following on from the success of the These Islands Book Launch Sara from Smudge Yarns thought it might be a good idea to run a KAL with the Beaker Shawl pattern from the book.
There has been such a fantastic reaction to the book, both at the launch and online that we thought it might be fairer to extend the ‘cast on’ deadline to Sunday 19th April, to give everyone an opportunity to be entered into the draw for the ‘special’ hank of hand dyed lace weight yarn from Smudge Yarns.
All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning, is to add your Beaker Shawl project to Ravelry 🏆
After speaking to a few people in the shop, I’ve discovered that not only are there Ravellers that have never used this feature, there are still fibrey people that have yet to hear of Ravelry (I know fibery isn’t a word, but).
So if you’ve still to learn the joys of Ravelry head straight over to ravelry.com and sign up now. Thy’ll ask you the usual questions, name, email address, etc and then they’ll forward on one of those ‘confirm it’s you’ emails and once you’ve followed the link you’re in 👍They never email you after that, no spam.
If you’re new to Ravelry you should expect to feel the tingle of project power flow from your fingers and eyes to your brain quite quickly after logging in. This timid little sensation will increase steadily until it reaches the level of teeth grinding, nervous twitching fibre related insanity, as you begin to navigate your way round the many features Ravelry has to offer.
Some features like the ‘my stash’ option are best avoided in my opinion. Not only would it be a task of gargantuan proportion, it would also eat into my valuable knitting time and then there’s the ‘confession’ element of recording my entire stash. Not only would it be out there in the realms of the online world for all to see, I’d have to see it too 👀 Much better that it stays the way it is – sorted into 10 large plastic crates, 3 duvet bags, 2 chests of drawers and countless other baskets, bags and boxes
Anyway, back to the real reason for this post.
This will then lead you to the ‘New Project’ page for you to begin uploading the details.
I’m not great at naming my projects, so I tend to go for something simple, in this case I’ve called my shawl The Book Launch Shawl (’twas almost lunch, until I spotted the spelling mistake) . The pattern is taken from a book and it’s called the Beaker Shawl from the These Islands book (just in case).
When you hit the continue button, Ravelry does some kind of voodoo magic and if it’s been added to their database, the next page to load, will have the details of the pattern on it. Click on the ‘choose this pattern’ tab to continue.
Here you’ll be asked to record everything about your project. The name of the yarn (Ravelry magically links it if it’s on their database), how much yarn you’re going to use, the size of needle/hook you’re using and with both of these items there’s an option to include additional yarns and needle sizes.
Working down the page, you’ll notice there’s the option to pop up where you purchased the yarn, if it’s from me in the shop, you type in Knit which brings up loads of us as you might expect, so you need to scroll down through the stockists until you find me
The notes section is used by people in different ways. Some people might note whether they had to change their needle size or made modifications. Others like to record for who and why they’re making the project. There are also fibre people that record any issues they might have come across whilst working on the project, in order to highlight things to watch for others attempting the design. These notes, like most thinks on Ravelry are there to help you and the other members, in fact when you look at other people’s projects you’ll notice there’s a tab underneath for you to check if you found the notes useful.
At the right hand side of the project page there’s places to add all manner of things, including how far along you are, when you began and if you’re enjoying it. Underneath you’ve also got options to record more detail about your take on the yarn and the design.
Whilst it’s lovely to be able to add positive comments, I’d always suggest contacting the supplier/designer first if you have any criticisms. The hopes and dreams of companies, in particular the small, independent ones, can easily be dashed with a harsh word or two.
Save your work now if you haven’t already.
Nearly there now. Next it’s a good idea to add a photo or two, even if it’s just of the yarn for now. At the top right hand corner click on the tab marked ‘add photos’
There are several options for adding your pics, including Flickr, Photobucket and uploading from your computer. Just select your file and press the upload button.
You can tweak it by hovering your cursor over the 4 little arrows and moving your mouse in either direction. You can upload several photos if you want including ones where you’ve zoomed in to show a particular part of the design.
Once loaded up, there’s no need to save them as Ravelry seems to do this automatically.
Remember you can edit your project at any stage, even if you decide to frog it years later.
I’m really excited to announce that we’ll be hosting a book launch for the fantastic book These Islands: Knits from Ireland, Scotland and Britain by Sara Breitenfeldt, Suzanne McEndoo, and Evin Bail O’Keeffe soon.
As you can see from the photo above the date is still to be confirmed, but is likely to be sometime over the coming fortnight.
Watch this space
Look at the lovely parcel that arrived yesterday. (Actually there were 4 more but lets look at this one now)
OK so from the outside it doesn’t look so great and you’d never know what was inside, unless of course you’ve spotted the sticker?
Can you make out what it is now?
The anticipation is actually killing me, all this photo taking lark is completely against my inner self screaming ‘just open the damn thing’.
Gorgeous, hand dyed here in Cork, Smudge Superwash Sock Yarn is €23 per 100g. There’s five shades to choose from at the moment and each beautiful 100g hank contains 300 metres of blended 4ply yarn, 70% wool/30% nylon. Not just for socks, I’m thinking a shawl maybe, but I do ♥love♥ my socks…..