Around here, lately

I’ve been absent from this space lately — work and travel have kept me busy — but, thankfully, knitting hasn’t been missing from my daily life.  Today, how about a little catch up on some highlights from the last few months.

I finished my Threipmuir and wore it to Edinburgh Yarn Fest!

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Twinning with my lovely friend Jenni  in Ysolda’s EYF stall.

At last year’s EYF, Jenni, Kate, and I had all bought some beautiful Birlinn Yarn Company yarn for Threipmuir.  Jenni and Kate knit their beautiful versions shortly after the festival but, in typical fashion, I didn’t get around to it right away.  Finishing in time to wear it to EYF was a near run thing … the jumper was just dry from blocking in time to pack it!

Since it’s first outing at EYF, Threipmuir has been in constant rotation — so constant in fact, that I’ve never gotten around to doing “proper” finished objects shots. The upside of this is that after two months of pretty solid wear (the vagaries of spring in the Northwest mean that, even this week, I was reaching for this very woolly sweater), I can report that it is, hands down, my favorite jumper.  I absolutely adore the Birlinn Yarn Company Hebridean 4ply from which it’s knit (in fact, I might have bought another sweater’s worth at this year’s festival). I love the colorwork yoke. I love the easeful fit.  I think it will be the jumper against which I measure all other jumpers from here on out — both literally (the sleeve length is perfect) and figuratively!

EYF itself was great — time spent with good friends, meeting new people, and plenty of yarn buying.  I didn’t take many pictures, and don’t really think I could do justice to the whole experience, so I’m not even going to try!  I’ll talk about the yarn that came home with me as and when I use it though 🙂

Right after EYF, it was off to Paris with Mr. N.  It was a short trip for work, but we did get a free day to do a bit of exploring. I worked on recently cast on Pebbles and Pathways Socks in a Parisian park (how’s that for a tongue twister) …

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And paid a quick visit to La Bien Aimee!

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From Paris it was straight onto Virginia, where I spent a few lovely weeks with my mom. We took very few pictures, but cast on Olivias together:

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Olivia in progress, knit in Black Isle Yarns Shetland Sport from EYF 2018! 

And went through old knitting books in search of the pattern for this stunning cardigan, which my mom made shortly after she learned to knit:

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On my return, I had some lovely friends come to visit, then it was off to Brighton (another work trip), but that didn’t stop me needing something to knit!  Sleeves make such good travel knitting, that I, er, started another project … Bressay by Marie Wallin!

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I’m knitting the body in beautiful Jamieson of Shetland Spindrift, in the Paprika shade. 

Seeing it all written out, it’s no wonder I’ve not been blogging much (and, in the process managed to miss my three-year blogiversary!)  Though all the knits I’ve cast on during my travels remain, ahem, uncompleted, I did finish a longstanding WIP just last week … with any luck, I’ll have a finished object post to share later this week!

Until then, I better crack on with all these projects … especially as another trip to the US is coming up in just a few weeks!

Hope you had a great weekend — I’d love to hear what’s keeping you busy at the moment!

Yarnalong, January 2019: Waiting for Rain, Mondim Socks, and James Herriot

I’m in the midst of the last few days of our Australian holiday, so this will be short and sweet, but I wanted to pop in quickly for the first Yarnalong of 2019. 

Knitting: My knitting’s been coming along with me everywhere this trip. I finished my Doocot sweater the first week, so have been working on Waiting for Rain and some vanilla socks out of Mondim sock yarn ever since. It’s been a long time since I’ve not had a sweater actively on the go, and while I’m looking forward to getting back to garment knitting when we return to the UK, I’ve got to say, it’s been fun watching smaller projects grow quickly! I’m well into the second skein of my shawl, and my socks’ feet are nearly done. I’ve had a new idea for a little sock design, and I’m wondering if I should try it out on the leg or  keep them simple. 

Reading: I had high hopes for holiday reading, but most evenings I’ve nodded off before I can make much progress. But I’ve made a small start with James Herriot’s All Creatures Great and Small which I’m really enjoying. It’s funny and gentle and a perfect light read to see in the new year. 

Head over to the original Yarnalong post  to see what others are knitting and reading — what are you up to this week?

Goodbye 2018, Hello 2019

Hi friends!

Hope you’ve been having a happy and restful festive season.  I don’t tend to do big year-end round up posts of what I’ve made (I like to save that for my blogiversary).  But 2018 has been a big year, and I thought it’d be fun, as the new year dawns , to look back on some of the highlights of this year and make a few plans for the upcoming one!

Knitting-wise, 2018 was a year of firsts.  I massively enjoyed my first ever Edinburgh Yarn Festival, spending it with old and new friends.  I taught my first knitting classes. I occasionally helped out at my favorite local yarn shop, Northern Yarn. I also got to work my first knitting festival at Yarndale on the NY stand and received the most special wedding blanket from lovely friends while there! And I released my first ever knitting pattern  — something I never thought I’d do!

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Personally, it was a big year as well of course: settling into UK life, submitting my dissertation, and, most memorably, Mr. N and I tying the knot — and then celebrating throughout the rest of the year with our families and friends.

I’m looking forward to seeing what 2019 holds and sharing more crafty adventures here.  As ever, I’ve got a queue to knit that could see me through several years, but I’m also hoping to carve a bit of time out to learn to sew, do a bit more designing, and hopefully get into some more new fiber-y adventures!

But for now, I thought I’d start 2019 with my “Make Nine.”  Unlike last year, I’ve actually tried to pick just nine things, and I’ve included a few smaller projects in the hopes of making it achievable.  And there’s a blank spot in the grid to represent the designs I want to work on! IMG_5868.JPG

Top Row, from left: Threipmuir by Ysolda Teague (I’m looking forward to casting it on when I get home in Birlinn Yarn Company yarn from EYF 2018); Log Cabin Mitts by Karen Templer; and Flaum by Justyna Lorkowska (also to be knit in EYF 2018 yarn)

Middle: Houlland by Donna Smith; Còinneach by Kate Davies; Olivia by Julie Weisenberger.

Bottom: Fjer by Fiber Tales and Tettegouche by Virginia Sattler-Reimer.

It’ll all probably change, but I do love a bit of project planning! Do you already have any projects planned for the New Year?

Hope you’ve had a happy and peaceful festive season, with a bit of time for knitting.

xo K

Finished Object: Northern Yarn St Catherines

Hi friends and happy … whatever day today is! I’m coming at you jetlagged from a mild, if slightly damp, Melbourne to tell you about my most recent finished object, St Catherines.  I cast off, blocked, and photographed it a couple of weeks ago, but couldn’t find the time that this project  deserved to write a nice, fulsome post.  But now, even if I’m not quite officially done with work ahead of the holidays, things are definitely feeling relaxed, so I thought I’d take a bit of time this afternoon to tell you about this bold and generous a-bit-more-than-a-shrug, but not-quite-a-cardi that I’ve been working on during the last several months.

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On knitting socks too small … (Once Upon a Sock, December 2018)

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Hi friends, and happy last first Thursday of the month for 2018!  If you’re new around here, every first Thursday a group of us post about socks.  Paula hosts a little link up over at Spin a Yarn so that people can join in any month that suits.  I’ve not made much sock progress since last month, so I’ll quickly tell you what I’ve been up to and then talk a bit about handknit socks and fit, something I’ve been thinking about a lot.

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Onward Knits — Interview and Giveaway!

Today, I’m so happy to share an interview with my dear friend, Kate Jordan, who’s just published her very first book, Onward KnitsKate and Mr. N went to university together in New Zealand, and I met her for the first time over three years ago  during our trip to NZ after years of online chatting about our mutual love of wool and knitting. Since then our friendship has been sustained by Facebook chats, Skype knitting sessions, and, earlier this year, an epic trip to Edinburgh Yarn Festival!  I actually find it a little hard to believe that we’ve only spent a few weeks in each other’s company over our years of friendship–the internet is a wonderful thing!

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Kate, speaking at the Onward Knits launch — which, fittingly, was held at a bar in the Wellington Railway Station.

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