It's all quiet on the spinning front today, so the perfect opportunity for me to show you what I've been up to when I haven't been spinning. Firstly, another Citron shawl, this time using Fyberspates Scrumptious Lace yarn. This is a 60th birthday present for a friend. I'm on the fifth pattern repeat now and plan to do at least 6 plus the full edging. I have plenty of yarn, so have no fears of running out!
I have also crocheted a couple more squares for the Great British Wool blanket. Crocheting doesn't come naturally to me, but I hope that as I complete more squares, I'll be able to work more quickly. It's going to be fun playing around with the different colour combinations in the centres, while keeping the outer rounds neutral.
Last week I had a stinking cold and needed some dead easy knitting. So I cast on another pair of plain vanilla socks for one of my University friends. I found a yarn in my stash that has some cotton in it, so it feels lovely and soft. Do you notice the rather snazzy dpn protectors? I found these over at Atomic Knitting. I gave one to Snoopydog as part of her birthday present, so of course I had to have one too!! (That's how it works round here!!)
Flo has pointed out to me on more than one occasion recently that I need to get on with knitting my mink and cashmere cardigan. She has taken a liking to dragging the yarn cakes around the house, miaowing loudly as she sinks her teeth and claws into her 'trophy'!! So the yarn cakes have been put in a drawer to protect them from pussycat drool!! I think I'll have to knit her a little mouse with the leftovers, she certainly does seem very taken with this yarn!
I took part in a swap in the BareNakedKnitspot group on Ravelry recently. My swap partner was Bobbie, who lives in Alaska. We had fun getting to know each other. We decided to open our parcels at the same time, no mean feat when there are 9 hours between us! Some quick messaging on Ravelry confirmed we were both there, ready and waiting. It was almost bedtime in Alaska, while I had just eaten my breakfast the next morning!! I opened up a really lovely parcel containing two skeins of yarn (Woolen Rabbit Pearl and Sunshine yarns single ply merino), some stitch markers, a lemon and lavender soap, lip balm and lots of chocolate!! Bobbie also gifted me a Knitspot pattern, Curling, to knit using one of the yarns. I think it'll be the pink merino, it's so soft.
I also received another parcel in the post this week. I was a runner up in a competition in the ThreeBagsFull group on Ravelry. You had to post photos of your bags 'in the wild'! This was my winning photo - sunrise over the North Sea, sailing to Holland in May.
And this was my prize - a cute little notions case with a map of the Underground on it!
So that it didn't get lonely on its journey over from the USA, I popped into Michele's shop and treated myself to a new project bag. It turned out that it was a perfect match for the two skeins that Bobbie sent me. What luck! I only need one more skein in there and it looks as though I might have a Color Affection brewing!! See you tomorrow for an update on the spinning. xxx