Sunday, 22 February 2015

Normal blogging service has resumed!

Here we are, Sunday evening already and half term is almost over. I have very much enjoyed the week off, pottering about each day. Of course I had great plans to get started on writing my school reports (hahaha!) but somehow I always managed to find something more appealing to do instead. So how did I spend my week? Apart from the sewing class at the start of the week, I had some fun with my spinning wheel. I have committed myself to entering some of the spinning competitions at Fibre East again this summer, so I need to get cracking. I chose a blend of merino and seacell in a pretty mix of pinks to get me started.

lipstick Coast handspun WIP (1)

I think that this will end up being a two ply yarn. I have read the comments that the judges wrote about my entry last year, and am aiming for slightly more twist in the singles. I'll keep you updated with my progress.

I have joined a KAL in the Tangled Yarn group on Ravelry. We are all knitting the Orza Pullover. The yarn is really lovely, soft shades in a mix of wool and cotton. The pattern is very detailed and you definitely need to pay attention. I'm not sure how much I will get done in the evenings once I'm back at  school! There are two different stitch patterns, one for the front and back and a second, more lacy one, for the sleeves. 

Orza KAL WIP (2)

Here's a progress photo. It doesn't look like that much, but I do have almost 300 stitches on the needles, plus it's a light fingering weight!! At the rate I am knitting, it'll be done for summer 2016!

Orza KAL WIP (3)

My Love Squared blanket has also been a distraction, and the second block has been finished. I am aiming for three blocks in each colour, plus a variety of striped ones too. I will need to see how far I can stretch out the yarn. The large blanket (let's face it, I need to knit a large blanket if I'm sharing it with Flo, not to mention Mr JK wanting a corner of it too!) has a total of 49 blocks, so there's a long way to go.

Love Squared blocks 1 and 2 WIP

I have done a fair bit of cooking as well, my favourites were these chocolate chip cookies from a Delia recipe. It's probably just as well that I'm back at school tomorrow, to save myself from munching my way through the whole lot! They are very good and VERY moreish! See you next week when I hope to have increased my block total for the blanket. xxx

chocolate chip cookies (2)


SapphireBlue said...

That pullover is amazing!

knittingsandwich said...

So glad you enjoyed your break!
Looks like you were quite productive!