Welcome 2018 and welcome back to Yarnalong

Jan yarnalong

I spent the last 13 days of 2017 (and the first 5 days of 2018!) with a cold. A yucky cold that is like a boomerang and keeps coming back. Blog plans had to go on hold!

Anyway on to today and the first yarnalong of 2018. Thank you to Ginny for bringing it back to your lovely blog.

I am currently knitting the Kim Hargreaves Darkness Hoody. I made a summer version back in 2016 and had always planned to do the winter version. I've started with the sleeves, 2 at a time, as they are my least favourite part of a garment to knit.

Thanks as always for visiting.

C xx

A seat with a view

and joining Keep Calm Craft On.

Yarnalong 22 03 17

This is pretty much my view when I'm not at work, or paper crafting, or on my treadmill. I have finished (to the point that the pattern orders) both sleeves of dear husbands ranger cardigan. And I am only a couple of inches off starting the short rows on the body. Once the back has been lengthened, we're ready to add the sleeves. I had hoped to get an outdoor photo of this yummy yarn but just as I was going to take one, the heavens opened and the hail came down.

I am thoroughly enjoying Rosy is my Relative, by Gerald Durrell. It's such a light hearted and entertaining read.

I have been actively gathering sock patterns thanks to the inspiring yarnalong bloggers. Thanks all who share their sock WIPs.

Speaking of which, Ginny has decided to stop hosting yarnalong. Thank you Ginny for hosting and introducing me to so many wonderful crafters!

Happy Wednesday!

C xx

2nd sock

and joining Ginny for Yarnalong

Yarnalong 15 03 17

Last Thursday I travelled up to Edinburgh for the Edinburgh Yarn Fest. I took along some yarn and a sock pattern as my travel companion. On the way up to Scotland I didn't do much knitting as I was reading my book and looking out of the window as the beautiful English country side whizzed by. (I have photos and my story to share later this month)

This sock is Marlee by CabinFour. And it's a pretty quick knit, for a newbie sock knitter like me.

I'm reading Rosy is my Relative by Gerald Durrell. It's a delightful story, and I'm so enjoying it.

Back to dear husband cardigan by the weekend I hope.

Looking for sock inspiration if you have a favourite pattern to share. I prefer plain(ish) socks and like to knit in solid colour. Thank you!

C xx

2nd sleeve

And joining Ginny for yarnalong

Yarnalong 08 03 17

Photo from last nights stitch and bitch in our village pub.
I'm progressing well with dear husbands cardigan, having finished sleeve one over the weekend. The sleeve rounds are far easier than the long body rows and although I was trying to alternate my working I enjoy the sleeves much more. The artificial light is really not doing the colour of this yarn any favours. Looking forward to the Voila post photography shoot for this one.

I'm 20 pages off finishing my Wilbur Smith book. Good timing as I have a 5 hour train journey tomorrow and a new read (interspersed with a bit of knitting) planned.

I'm off to The Edinburgh Yarn Festival. So excited and a little nervous as it's a lone venture although I'll meet up with a friend on the Friday at the fest. So much chat on the Ravelry EYF board has my bank card twitching!

Happy day
C xx

Sewing buttons

And joining Ginny for yarnalong

Yarnalong 01 03 17

I finished this cardigan a year ago, or was it two, and bought some buttons for it at last years Hitchin Festiwool. I was using a shawl pin to close it but was keen for buttons. A work colleague helped me with placement and I stitched them on last night. Because it's not strictly a button down cardi there are no button holes so I needed to crochet loops. I love how it's turned out!
And now back to dear husbands cardigan.

About 50 pages from the end of my Wilbur Smith book, Pharaoh. And still enjoying it so much.

Last week's yarnalong saw me adding a few new projects to my Ravelry library so I'm looking forward to see what everyone else is up to thins week!

C xx

Easy knitting

And joining Ginny for yarnalong

Yarnalong 22 02 17

I'm flipping between long body of the cardigan rows and shorter sleeve of the cardigan rounds this week. The stitch pattern has become easier now and although I need to (and I do need to) mark off my rounds for the sleeves, things are progressing nicely and I'm so enjoying this make. I'm not great at knitting for other people because I get annoyed knowing it will be given away at the end, but at least this cardigan isn't going far.

It looks very grey in this photo and I blame artificial light. I can't wait to photograph this one outside! The colour is just wonderful and I'm not normally a brown person.

On the second half of my Wilbur Smith book, Pharaoh, and I'm starting to panic about it ending. Although I do have my next book lined up next to my bed and I am looking forward to re reading this one so it's not all bad news :)

Thanks for stopping by!

C xx 

Knitting and watching on my yarnalong

And joining Ginny for a yarnalong

Yarnalong 15 02 17

I'm making good progress on dear husband cardigan. I love the stitch! And Brooklyn Tweed Shelter yarn is such a pleasure to knit with.

I'm knitting while watching American Gothic through Amazon Prime. I started it today after finishing 'That Girl' which was such a sweet show although, wow, how crap were woman treated 50 years ago!!

Of course I still have my Wilbur Smith book on the go. And still really enjoying it.

Counting down to Edinburgh Yarn Festival next month!!

C xx

Making good progress

And joining a yarnalong with Ginny

Yarnalong 08 02 17

It's not usual for me to be working on two projects at once but right now I am.
I'm on block 38 of 40 of the cotton throw, the second intarsia block. I'm slightly addicted to colourwork, which I never thought I would say! There are ends to sew in, blocking to be done and then a few decisions to make. Do I sew it together or crochet it together? Do I knit a border that can be attached or pick up stitches and knit a border? Or do I crochet the border? So many unanswered questions.
This week I made a start on dear husbands cardigan. It's a knit in one piece item, so each row is pretty long. The rib band is almost complete and then it's a bit more interesting with a drop stitch textured pattern. I'm using Brooklyn Tweed shelter in Truffle Hunt colour way. This yarn comes alive in natural light with tiny flecks of blue that pop out every now and then.

Enjoying and loving Pharaoh by Wilbur Smith.

Thanks for popping by!

C xx 

The final 5

And joining Ginny for yarnalong

Yarnalong 07 02 17

I'm on the 5th to last block of the cotton throw and it's the last solid colour block with cables. I was undecided on the background colour for the final 4 blocks (which are all the same), so I only got around to ordering it yesterday. These are intarsia blocks so I'm really looking forward to doing them. Can't quite believe I just said that!

My book, Pharaoh, by Wilbur Smith is so good. I am enjoying and savouring each and every page. I'm sure this book will be on my yarnalong posts for a while :)

Looking forward to seeing what everyone else is up to this week.

C xx 

Motivated to finish

And yarnalong with Ginny

Yarnalong 25 01 17

I am motivated to finish the Debbie Bliss cotton throw that I started and shared throughout 2016. You can see a couple of posts here and here. I have 9 blocks left to make and am motivated to get it done.

Why the motivation? Well I have finally decided on a décor theme for my home and this throw is going to fit so well into the living room that I want it finished. It's taken me a long time to find a style and I've spent a lot of years trying to be something I'm not. I wanted to be shabby chic/farmhouse vintage and although I love both those styles I need to go back to my roots. I am African at heart and I need to reflect that style in my home. So I'm changing things up and actually loving the process. I'll share my thoughts on this when I can put them in some order.

Farmhouse shawl has fringe and has been blocked and I am wearing it today (I LOVE THIS SHAWL!!). Will share soon.

I started Pharaoh by Wilbur Smith last week. I do love his writing (maybe it's the whole Africa thing again) and this Egypt series is so good. A little far fetched but fabulous!

I've just noticed that there is a whole lot of love in this post! Haha

C xx