I have been a very bad blogger for the last few weeks.Â Life became very busy and writing (or actually even thinking) about knitting just didn’t seem to happen.Â While knitting itself is the most wonderfully relaxing of activities designing and blogging definately take more brain activity!Â I’ve been trying to dredge up some interesting project ideas for new summer tops and I think I’ve got a few that may work.Â Now I just need to get them written and knitted!
But I do at least have a finished project that has come out nicely.. My Clapotis in Rowan Tapestry is going to be a very useful addition to my wardrobe.
and for a closer look…
I’ve also started with my version of Monkey in Araucania Ranco Multi sock yarn.Â As soon as I get the hang of our new camera I will take a photo of it.Â When I wound the skein first of all I though the colours were too muted looking but as I’m working with it they are growing on me!Â I am finding the yarn beautiful to knit with, soft but solid feeling and the needle rarely snags it.Â I think I’ll be using this yarn again – maybe I’ll go for a brighter yarn next time.
I am also working on a couple of projects on my knitting machine (I got aÂ Silver Reed LK150 for my birthday a few months ago).Â I find it just great for large areas of stocking stitch, that you would use for a children’s jumper (sweater) but it is way to fiddly to use for any detail or ribbing.Â I have perfected doing the edging by hand – hook it onto the machine to knit the stocking stitch and then put it back on the needles for the finishing around the neckline.Â Unfortuately though my boys really like coloured stripes so I end up with an unimaginable amount of weaving in when I finish!Â I’ll post the work in progress later this week.