Another pair of Skedaddle socks, pattern by Lena Gjerald. You may have seen these ones in grey, but this time I've gone for something more spring-like with Hedgehog Fibres Sock Yarn in 'Teacup'. That colourway is very hard to get hold of at the moment as it is so popular, but I found mine at A Yarn Story, and as I write they do have it in stock. Here it is in close-up:
This is Just Knit It by Susan Ashcroft, a wide but shallow (62" x 11") triangular scarf/shawl that requires you to cast on three stitches and then knit into the front and back of the first and last stitch of every row. That's all there is to it! The pattern gives instructions for an optional edging, but I made mine without, and of course you could knit it in any weight of yarn and to any size, so it's versatile as well as mindless.
These are Skedaddle by Lena Gjerald - of the A Wee Bit Knitty* podcast and blog - made in Osiris Sock 'It was a dark and stormy night' from Great Woolly Owl, with a little Madelinetosh Tosh Sock 'Ink' as the contrast. They were a very straightforward knit with a twisted rib cuff and an easy braid/cable pattern running down the back, and I've already cast on another pair.
*Look out for Gustav, Lena's lovely flat-coated retriever.
I was in Oxford for a few days last week* and I popped into Oxford Yarn Store for a look, coming away with a wonderfully soft skein of handspun Jacob from a local flock. Mr. C. has already nabbed this and asked for a neckwarmer or short scarf, and his wish is my command.
From the artisanal to the mass-produced, and a ball of West Yorkshire Spinners Bluefaced Leicester DK 'Owl' which I found at Maple Tree Yarns. I've seen so many people making socks out of the WYS Country Birds range lately, and very nice they are, and as I've never used self-patterning yarn before I thought I'd start with this one. Incidentally, Maple Tree Yarns gave me extremely speedy service and their postage charge was very reasonable.
Socks for Mr. C. He has big feet, so I took the speedy option and used a heavier weight yarn, the very cushy Cash DK from Mellifera. The colour is Terra and looks olive green in some lights and a rich loamy brown in others, and the pattern is Cabin Socks from The Knitter's Book of Wool by Clara Parkes, shown in earlier iterations here and here.
The Snældan yarn from The Island Wool Company in the shade Midnight is a true dark blue, captured best in the picture directly above, and a brief soak in Navia Wool Care has made it soften and bloom without losing any of its character.
I spoke to Karina Westermann, the shawl's designer, at the Edinburgh Yarn Festival the other day and thanked her for such an enjoyable knit; I'm tempted to make another straightaway as it was such a soothing, rhythmic piece to work on and I love the end result.
I went to the Edinburgh Yarn Festival this morning. It's the first wool extravaganza I've ever attended so I wasn't quite sure what to expect, but I was as prepared as I could be with a list of shops I especially wanted to visit and yarn requirements for specific projects in mind.
Here's my haul:
Whistlebare Yeavering Bell 4ply (Fine Kid Mohair/Wensleydale), All's Shipshape.