The thought of knitting with two colours of yarn was somehow intimidating to me , that I never attempted to even try it. Then I saw one of the ladies in church wearing a similar looking cowl in lovely earthen colours that I was tempted to give it a try.
It always takes some time for me to work up the courage to try new things. Once I start,I always realise that it was not as hard as I thought of it in my head! (Over thinker alert right here ). Sometimes , simply just doing it is best.
When I went searching for an easy -ish free pattern on Ravelry , this pattern came up in the search. I decided to make this pattern only because it came with the tip to look up ‘Blister Stitch ‘on You tube ,which proved to be super helpful.
I decided to use the scrumptious Nunnaba gradient and Naturally TweedI had in my stash . Once I got an understanding the stitch pattern down, it was a pleasure to work on and proved to be a quick finish.
I made a few additional rows than the pattern called for as I wanted the gradient yarn to come through.
I couldn’t however, figure out how to do the jobless join in this cowl . Its ok I think ,as when I’m wearing it, it may not be that visible .
This cowl is so so soft. I love it.
Surprisingly for this project ,I did not use up all the yarn in the gradient yarn like I wanted to.I also have a little more of the brown tweed left over as well.
This shawl started as a knit along with my friend. We both decided to use Rosewood Wool , mine is 12 ply while hers is 8 ply I think.
Soon after , she started working at a school and I left for India, our knit along kind of took the back seat.
Coming back from India dealing with all the change in weather and home sickness, I started knitting on it with Amber sitting on my feet for company acting as a little smooshy cushion , listening to podcasts , munching on Nagercoil banana chips….
( I mention Nagercoil chips in particular because ,there is a huge difference between Lakshmi Vilas Nagercoil Banana chips and Banana chips available in other parts of the country. Nothing comes close to it and it is one of the those comforting taste of home food)
Also because knitting on this shawl was more like eating chips, cannot stop with one.`And before I knew it I had finished two of the three skeins I had, along with my stash of chips I brought back with me from India..
Then I had a chance to go to an afternoon to Handy Dandy craft group at the library and in the almost two and a half hours I was there, I had reached the end of the third ball and only the border was left to be done.
Back home, little more knitting and just like that this shawl was done. Much like the packet of banana chips that finished before realisation came about! (So regretted not getting more of this taste of home , and now that I write about it, I’m craving for some )
All the fluffy pink lacy cherry blossoms on trees around, had me wistfully waiting for buds on my cherry tree, every single day ! Finally they are here!
Look ! its blooming.
I am itching to weed and potter around in the garden , but I need to rest! I hurt my arm a few weeks back and now although I am getting better, I am trying not to overdo anything. So I sneak in a bit of crafting , and a bit of computer time between other household work.
Its very slow, but I’m grateful for what I am able to do.I was this close to going insane not being able to use my hands.
The reason it has not grown much is because I manage to knit about two rows in a day , which is completely fine right now. I’m so in love with this gorgeous peacock blue merino/silk blend from Feather Brush Yarns. which I got at Unwind Dunedin. The colour way is called ‘Tiara’. Ofcourse I’m using my favourite Chiagoo needles.
I have it all together in my hold and cherish project bag. I love this bag too. The beautiful saturated hues from Kaffe Fasset is right up my alley. I just love looking at all the colours together.
I just wanted to share some of my favourite things that have been bringing in a ray of sunshine in my daily life. Some crafty, yarn related and some just general things.
The first thing that I have been absolutely smitten with is embroidery
I designed my own pattern .It has been a delight trying to decide the colours and seeing the idea in my head transfer onto the embroidery hoop.I’m so excited about it and can’t wait to finish.
This thrift store find is perfect for keeping my money plant in the bathroom. I love having greenery around the home.
Moving on to my new purchases that I got this month and absolutely loving it.
The first one is a personal planner that I got from Kiki . k sale! Remember I went shopping in the mall when Lil B was watching a movie with his friend?. Well this is what I got then.
I love writing out lists, and keeping track of what I’m up to , what I’m making ,cooking,menu planning etc . And I’ve loved Kiki . K ever since I discovered it right after we came to New Zealand.
The reason I got this planner almost in the middle of the year is because, it is a 6 ring binder, with plastic pockets at the back
and then has a perpetual calendar with to do pages, tabs etc and all of it can be closed with the elastic closure and neatly tucked away in my handbag. Oh and the stickers always are a weakness. I’m absolutely loving it.
Ever since I came to NZ, I stopped using Body Shop products and decided to try out Lush and other natural body washes, forgetting how sensitive my skin was. Needless to say, I learnt a hard lesson to stick with what I ‘m used to .So I went back to what i was familiar with -Body shop- again beginning of this month. I loved the scent of these products when I picked them up but after using them all month, I’m loving the products some more
The satsuma shower gel is soap free and does not dry my skin at all. I love the delicious citrusy scent which also takes over the entire bathroom area long after I have finished showering.It is Amazing!
Another product I fell in love is this Shea Eau De Toilette. As I was browsing the products in the store, the lovely store lady suggested I try Shea shower gel when I told her I was looking for a mild scent. I honestly did not like the hint of Vanilla in the Shea shower gel but when I just tried the Eau de Toilette, I fell in love with the light , subtle scent right away
It is my favourite everyday scent now and I have already heard the “oh you smell so good momma” from my generally perfume loving boys! I also find the scent very calming although it does not linger on all the day but I’m totally ok with that.
In Winter , my hands get really dry and this hand cream has been something I reach for constantly to moisturise.I love that it leaves my hand very soft with a lingering fresh rose scent
I am a totally and utterly in love with yarn . Although I have been constantly keeping a watch on my yarn purchases recently, I allowed myself this one indulgence because I was saving up for this yarn.
When I went to Woolfeast, I went looking particularly for this colour way but by the time we went there, it was sold out. Nikki Jones the artist behind the Dark Harbour Yarns,took my email and promised to let me know when she dyed the Budgie Smuggler next. So when I got the email, i jumped at the chance.The merino/silk base is my favourite base and this colour way is just so stunning!
Those are some of the favourite things in July. I hope you enjoyed this post.
March seems to be marching away at great speed. Last weekend, I had the wonderful opportunity to visit Unwind Retreat 2016 which in my head I renamed as my Yarn Tasting Retreat 😄
I was more interested in checking out the different yarn available there than anything else!
This was my first time ever at a fiber retreat. I didnot know any one there and was most of the time contemplating reasons to not go.Because I was SO nervous.
At the Registration I was greeted by a sweet lady which kind of put me at ease. Everyone who went there got a nice bag with goodies and lollies from the vendors there.
The vendors were all wonderful and I got a chance to meet a few of the yarn dyers whose work I have admired online.
I was just overwhelmed looking into the trade hall. So many colours and so much yarn.
I was not sure if photography was allowed inside as I didnot see any boards that said no photographs.Nervous as I was , when I whipped out my phone to get a pic of all the yarny glory spread out in the room, i saw a lady on the sofa give me hard looks that I quickly put it back in 😊 as fast as I pulled it out. I should have asked at the registration place. Hind sight being 20/20 and all that. Well I’ll live and learn 😄
However, I did come back with a big haul. I had saved all my pennies just for this event ,right from the time J got me the tickets as a birthday and wedding anniversary gift.
I got yarn from Spinning a Yarn, Holly Berry Designs, Feather Brush Yarn , Dark Harbour Yarn, Vintage Purls, Let Them Knit,Natural Star.
Stitch Markers from Ginger Mint, Notions pouch from ShoeBox Sally,and a knitters Accessory Kit from Yarnz.
The yarn that I was most excited about though was the Queen Bee yarn by Outlaw yarns ,that made its debut here even before it made its appearance in the stores.
Isnt that tiara just beautiful ?! It said “Don’t let anyone dull your Sparkle ” on the cover. That was the complement from Outlaw company . So appropriate!
I saw a lot of ladies at the retreat sporting this tiara
This is a chunky 100% NZ wool yarn. Soft and squishy with a lovely spring to to it.
I quickly cast on a seed stitch cowl with 12 mm knit pro symphonie circulars. It would be great for quick projects. Easy on the hands and a generous 200gm/ 67 m ,It took me one and a half skeins and one day to make a luscious squishy double wrap chunky cowl..
There were colours like a nice leaf green, cream and Ice blue grey on display at the booth.
This time I was going for neutrals and so got a Charcoal grey called Define
After I finished the cowl, I wanted a more snug fit and so I frogged it twice to get the numbers right. The yarn has surprisingly held its shape.It felt so cosy wearing it around the neck . No scratchiness at all! That made me fall in love! It’s my favourite now and I want more! I’m particularly eyeing the cream and Ice blue.
This scarf was a quick finish.Even after frogging it twice to suit J’s specifications.
As much as I enjoy the process of making something, being able to use a finished object takes the excitement up a notch.
I made this scarf for J encouraged by the fact that he now constantly wears the skinny scarf I knit for him when we were in Auckland. (I can’t remember if he wore it then.)
I have knit a few scarves for him here and there, but he hardly wears them. This one he does .
Having become the yarn snob after coming to Christchurch and discovering all the Merino, Romney, Silk and Possum blend yarn available here, I decided that he had to have a soft merino scarf hugging his neck as he religiously goes out to work ,rain or shine, freezing or not
Rosewood Wool have just introduced their Lux line of yarns which is a 15%possum 85%merino blend yarn. I snapped up their very first yarn to go on flash sale on Instagram, just for this.
The colour is called Storybook….the colour is hard to capture on camera .Trust me, its a gorgeous colour and most importantly,J approves.
This is the closest colour…
I started the scarf as soon as the yarn arrived….. oh so soft.
I knit back and forth mindlessly… thinking about how its going to keep him warm wrapped around his neck and hope that he knows how much we appreciate all that he does for us.
Project Details :
Pattern : New York Scarf-A Guy’s Woolie Warmer
Needles : 4.5 mm addi circulars
Yarn : Rosewood Wool Lux in the colour way Storybook