Hello all magpies who like me are looking forward to the arrival of Autumn 🍊 and Winter ☃️ ( & apologies to those about to herald the arrival of Summer 🌞)
I do like summer and this year the UK had had approximately ten years of its usual sunshine quota, I am now officially over summer.
I am however totally over excited about the arrival of cooler & ideally cold weather. I adore hunkering down in front of the log burner with winter projects. Beautiful though lightweight summer yarns are I never get the same feeling of comfort that I do from gorgeous winter wool.
Earlier in the year I treated myself to the Canal Sweater kit from We are Knitters in grey spot. Throughout summer my gaze kept drifting to this beautiful Meri Wool but it did not lend itself to 30° temperatures. Now however it is time to commence this lovely sweater..
I mentioned previously that we would investigate my kit & yarn stash, however I’m saving that for a another time. I will be having some surgery later this year on my hand(s) so this Magpie will not be knitting for a while. This will be the time to do some sorting of projects so we will pick this up later.
Until my most excellent hand surgeon gets stuck in I am trying to fit in as many projects as possible so when not at work I am attached to my needles.
Over the next few weeks my plan is to complete my sweater, complete a blanket as a host / hostess gift for some friends in Venice in some Crazy Sexy Wool in an lovely Olive colour and numerous hats & scarves as gifts.
As we are down on the beautiful North Devon coast for a week I’ve managed to complete a couple of smaller projects. A freestyle crochet shoulder shrug for my mum ( who is tiny & always cold). I wanted something she could layer under a jacket for extra warmth without the bulk of a scarf and am pleased with the result. I used some Lil Heal the Wool from my stash which worked well.
For me I commenced the Sea Pink hat & mitts from the Birlinn Yarn Company. I love the finished hat ( not yet blocked) and am about to start the mitts. I love their seafaring sheep 🐑🐑🐑
Also completed is Thea Coleman’s wonderful charity hat pattern called water. This formed part of my husband’s birthday gifts and the result is lovely.
I used light Aranmore from The Fibre Co which is a mix of cashmere, silk and merino. A yarn I will use again.
I think I shall go and download an audiobook and cast on the mittens to my Sea Pink set while himself is off tramping over the Noth Devon coast path. I had to agree to this week being one of R & R (with for me the onus being on recuperation) so I feel no guilt about my enforced laziness.
Do let me know what you are all looking forward to project wise in the cooler months as I love hearing from you.
Until next time have a great crafty autumn.