I’ve been a bit lax in knitting recently (as lax as my blogging!), distracted by a week away to visit friends. I had a couple of days in Dublin and found a gorgeous woolshop called This is Knit which has a fantastic selection of Irish hand spun and dyed yarns so it would have been rude not to have bought something. I make it a personal mission to buy local-ish yarns whenever I visit somewhere so I love these type of woolshops. There was a fantastic selection but I settled on this one, which is hand dyed and a mix of Merino and Silk yarns. Ooooo squidgy gorgeousness and purple too!
My half finished socks did come with me but I didn’t really make significant progress but I’m hoping to soon as they are intended as a Christmas present.
When I’ve been at home I’ve been flitting between a few projects; the shawl I’ve been working on since summer might need dedicated time at Christmas as there has been no progress on this recently. I started a Sirdar waterfall cardigan too, but I don’t feel like I’m making much progress with the endless stocking stitch, though I do love this yarn.
I have also started a gorgeous cowl, which I’m not far off finishing. Its a great pattern for knitting in front of the TV as it a very easy and repetitive. I’m not knitting it quite as long as it is intended as I only bought one ball of Noro Silk Garden lite and one ball of Louisa Harding Orielle (gorgeous twinkly white and super soft). I’m thinking I might knit another of these for my mum for Christmas as its simple and quick enough and I have plenty of yarn in my stash which would do for this.
As you can imagine I’ve been thinking of little things I can make for Christmas presents as I am running out of time to do anything big! My brother’s girlfriend and her sister are getting bracelets similar to the ones I made at the Baaramewe workshop – except pink as I had some of this yarn lying around.
I have also done very well this week with acquiring some of a friend’s de-stash – 48 balls of 100% Shetland wool! Lucky me! And that wasn’t the entire stash she gave away either. Not a clue what I am going to make with it (or when) but it was too good to say no.