A shoal of shawls

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A month or so ago I completed my first shawl, Lavalette shawl, as a birthday present for my mum, and I am now thoroughly hooked on knitting shawls! For my first shawl, I picked a simple pattern just using stockinette, yarn overs and a bit of garter stitch at the borders. I did still manage to mess up the first openwork section, but I put that down partly to inexperience and partly to trying to knit on a coach to London. I ended up adding an extra openwork section to use up the last of the yarn, which is why the edge is quite wavy, but I like it like that.

The yarn is King Cole Bamboo Cotton 4ply in colourway Opal, these pictures have done a terrible job at capturing the colour and I’ve had to edit them a bit to even get near how it looks in person. I loved knitting with it, the bamboo makes it really soft to wear and it is the perfect weight for summer.

Here’s a sneak peak of the Summertide Shawl by Curious Handmade which I am knitting for the Shinybees Podcast Rewind KAL. I’m knitting it in cotton so I can wear it in warm summer evenings once it is finished.

Finally, I have a couple of other shawls I am planning. I bought a beautiful Countess Ablaze skein as part of her Odyssey Trail colourways, which I want to combine with a more neutral colour and knit into Asunder. The yarn I bought is a sock yarn which isn’t soft enough for me to wear against my neck, so I’m thinking of pairing it with Tangled Yarn’s Coast yarn, which should be pretty soft. I also want to knit a Byatt shawl, but I haven’t decided on a colour scheme yet.

Budapest Hat

My partner and I visited Budapest at the beginning of this month and in preparation I knitted a hat to wear, as the climate is usually a few degrees colder in the winter in Norwich. The pattern I used was Molly, a free hat with textured stitch and a lovely cable which continues right to the crown. I used Malabrigo Worsted in Frost Grey, as I figured it would go with most outfits, and the name was pretty appropriate.

The hat was pretty easy to knit, I decreased the stitches because my yarn was a bit thicker than suggested, which meant I had to freestyle a bit on the crown, but I made it into a spreadsheet and it went without a hitch. I really enjoyed knitting the hat, I tend to think of hats as short projects, for a couple of stints of TV watching, so I don’t mind if they require a little bit more concentration than socks. The only thing I had trouble with was the weight of the yarn coupled with using the circular needles for the body (rather than magic loop) meant my wrists hurt after a bit.

I love the finished hat so much, it’s squishy and comfy and warm, as well as looking pretty cool in its slouchy style. I wore it most of the time we were out and about in Budapest, but to be honest, the weather was much worse back home in Norwich. When we finally arrived in Norwich after our holiday was over, we had a miserable walk home from the coach station in the pouring rain. The weather hasn’t been any better since then, so I’m really glad I’ve got a new warm hat.

February in review

 

What I loved:

Why is it that as soon as Tasha makes something I have to have it in my wardrobe? This Agnes top in jade is absolutely lovely, and although I don’t think it will suit me as well as it suits Tasha, I still definitely need to make one myself.

I love all the versions of By Hand London’s Sarah shirt, but this one by The Wardrobe Project is one of my favourites. As one of my goals this year was to learn how to sew shirts, I’m hoping I’ll make one before 2016 is up.

These Monkey and Nutkin socks on Tin Can Knits are so fun looking, and I’m itching to make some with some Stroll Hand Painted Sock Yarn that’s burning a hole in my stash. Both these patterns look perfect for variegated yarn and I might just have to cast one on when I finish my Broken Seed Stitch Socks.

What I listened to:

Reply All is one of my new favourite podcasts, with this episode being one of my favourite podcast episodes ever. It’s about a mysterious figure in New York, I don’t want to say more, but it does contain selfie rat.

Srsly Podcast is the pop culture podcast from The NewStatesman, a political and culture magazine. It comes out every week and always cheers me up, and recommends lots of new films/TV shows and books. I don’t think I can chose just one episode, although their Friends special is one of their best.

What I’m planning:

Yep, I’m still planning a Moneta dress, the correct fabric has arrived and I’ve pre-washed it, so now I just have to get over my reluctance to stick together a 63 page pdf.

At the moment I don’t have any other sewing planned, but for Christmas I got a gift voucher from my partner for our local fabric shop, so I might spend it on some knit fabric and make a t-shirt or sweatshirt.

I splurged on some yarn yesterday, so I’ve decided to make this shawl in cotton, it’ll be perfect for summer and will improve my confidence with lace knitting.