Whatever the season I always have a number of knitting projects on my needles ranging from shortie socks to large shawls or garments. Lately I have been on a bit of a shawl knitting spree and have finished several lovely pieces.
At last I have finished the Sprite’s Fen Shawl by Helen Stewart. This was a labour of love and a bit of determination in the end! The pattern is gorgeous and I love it but I don’t think lace is my friend – not in this pattern anyway.
So in order to celebrate the completion of this epic shawl I decided to cast on a pair of colourwork Christmas socks. I started knitting them and have decided colourwork is my new obsession! I really love how they are looking, I talk more about these in my latest blog post.
Planned Knitting Projects
So with shawl fest well and truly over for me, I have decided that this winter my knitting projects will be sweaters! I have a few projects in mind inlcuding a worstead Boxy by Joji Locateli. I didn’t have enough sweater yarn in stash for this so I have purcahsed some cascade 220.
Next planned is a laceweight sweater which is Purls in a Row by Suvi Simola. I had yarn for this in stash as I planned to knit a lacey cardigan. However after the Sprite’s Fen lace fall out I decided something a little more plain was in order! I am looking forward to getting started with this project, it looks great.
The third sweater I have lined up with yarn in the So Faded by Andrea Mowry. I have had this ready to cast on for quite a while but decided to wait until some of my WIPs were finished or frogged.
Finally after watching episode 46 of the Grocery Girls pocast I have added the Light Rain by Joji Locateli to my list of sweaters. Tracy was wearing one she had knit and it looked amazing. I haven’t got yarn for this yet but am thinking a lovely aqua or teal.
Finished Knitting Projects
This year has been a shawl fest and so far I have completed six shawls in varying shapes and sizes.
Fading Light On The Discworld
This shawl is the Find Your Fade by Andrea Mowry and was knit out of several Knitting Goddess yarns that had been in my stash for quite a long time. The colours were based on characters from the Terry Pratchett Discworld novels which I love. I really enjoyed knitting this piece although it turned out enormous! It used quite a lot of yarn, 400 grams in six colourways.
Sweeties From The Grocery Store
Also completed this year is the The Girl From The Grocery Store by Joji Locatelli. I used Knit Picks Stroll handpainted in the Sweetie colourway for the main colour and Knitting Goddess Sparklynne in the Fly the Flag colourway for the lace edging. I love this pattern it flew off the needles in no time and looks amazing.
Journey on a Grey Day
This shawl is Piper’s Journey by Paula Emons-Fuessle and is knit from Knit Picks Gloss fingering in the Robot and Coast Grey colourways. This is the second time I have knit this shawl, I completed it in a cotton cashmere blend last year. This is a really lovely knit and I just love that knit on boarder.
Hogwarts Express to Hufflepuff
This gorgeous shawlette is the Hogwarts Express by Susan Ashcroft. This was knit in Knit Picks Stroll Gloss in the Honey colourway. I have previously knit this pattern and love the owl detail on the cabled edging. The pattern is really well written and I love the percentage and no count systems.
Winter Colour is Coming…
This DK project is the only shawl I have knit thus far which is not fingering weight. This is the Color Field shawl by Kemper Wray. I used Boo Polly Boo hand dyed Crazy 8 DK in the Winter Seasons colourway which was a tonal grey and a variegated grey / pink / white colour. I loved knitting this heavier weight yarn in contrast to the usual fingering weight and it knit up in no time at all.
The latest shawl I finished is the beautiful Fairyhill shawl by Helen Stewart. For this I used Eden Cottage 4ply Milburn in the Natural and Tea Rose colourways. I also used some copper coloured beads I had in stash. Of all the shawls I have knit so far I think this is one of my favourite knitting projects. I love the colours and the delicate lace, I just can’t say enough good things about it although I definitely needed several stitch markers for this one!