Knitting · Yarn

What have I been up to?

Well, it’s been a busy few months starting a new fairly high-pressure  job and unfortunately that’s meant not much time to think about fibrecrafts! Or rather, not much time to write about them since nothing in the world can make me put down my hook and needles lately. Why? Because I have been sent a very delicious box of gorgeous yarns by my Nari. I am in heaven. I have never spent so much time groping skeins in my life.

Kollage Yarns Cornucopia, three skeins. It’s made from corn and it’s beautifully soft, lovely subtle earthy colours.

Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock Solid, two skeins. Even softer than the above. I want to carry these around in my pocket.

Malabrigo Yarn Merino Worsted, three skeins. Beautiful colours.

Malabrigo Yarn Silky Merino, by far my favourite yarn in the pack. Beautiful colours and lovely textures: it’s ‘Archangel’ and it’s in my work bag being lugged around. I’ve already made a bracelet from it just to gaze happily at it.

The package also contained two lovely crochet hooks far posher than the ones I currently have, some heart-shaped stitch markers, and cute bird-shaped scissors of the sort I have coveted for a while now. Nari has well-earned her Kindle which I shall be buying her for her birthday this year: it’s the best present I’ve got in a long while (possibly since my banjo).

Also shown in the above picture is two skeins of Schoppel-Woll Zauberball. They’re my own purchases and will be knitted up into gifts very soon.

Well, maybe not very soon since I have a few things on the books right now. I’m knitting (yay I can knit again!) a scarf/shawl thing for my best friend Jen out of the baby alpaca yarn she bought a while ago. It’s too beautiful to crochet, it just wasn’t doing it justice so I’ve forced myself to learn to knit. I could manage the basics of it before I started crocheting but my ability just dropped out of sight when I picked up a hook! Now I’m getting on fine and absolutely love the pattern which can be found here on Ravelry. Simple but elegant and I’m about 15 jaggedy-bits in (out of 42, since it’s a ‘Hitchhiker’ scarf, referencing Douglas Adams though Jen may not appreciate that as much as I do!).

One last thing. My little nephew Jayden, who is freakin’ adorable, has started to walk properly now. It’s hilarious watching him toddle along showing fascination at absolutely every vehicle passing by. He sees me knitting/crocheting all the time of course, though I think here in this ubercute picture he’s mostly fascinated by the colours… as if that’s not what draws me to yarn too!

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