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Sorry for the long absence, I’ve been a bit busy getting married and starting a new full-time job! More of the first of those another time but for now, here’s a picture of me finally wearing the shawl I made back in April and only just got around to blocking because it was already too warm to wear it by the time I finished knitting!

Little Arrowhead Shawl, pattern by Pam Allen

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Committing Cables!

I have 300 things to do at the moment, thus the lack of updates, but I just wanted to show off briefly because, having only started knitting in January, I’m doing cables for my latest project:

zombie viXen mitts by Susan Claudino in Austermann Step sock yarn

These are what I’m working on at the moment:

Graffiti on the Metro fingerless gloves

Fingerless gloves made with lovely Fairtrade Manos del Uruguay merino/silk blend yarn that was very kindly donated to me by the wonderfully generous Mim of Crinoline Robot. It’s the Sagittarius colourway and you can buy it from Oxfam at the moment for truly guilt-free indulgence 😉 I’m loving the way it is knitting up so much that I’ve ordered 2 skeins of Pisces to make a Peggy Sue cardigan for myself. I’m also eyeing the amount left on the ball and somewhat optimistically wondering if there is any way I might be able to get a little beret out of it too!

I’ve also started planning my Christmas present knitting (mad you may think, but it’s a good distraction from stressing about wedding planning, which is the other thing occupying my brain at present!). Last night I succumbed to this beautiful hand dyed silk from Ripples Crafts based up in Assynt, to make a scarf or mini shawl for my Mum – I can’t wait to see the colours in person. I hear there will be a big shop update over at the Yarn Yard at some point today too, which may be very bad for my bank balance as I can see lots of people getting fingerless gloves for Christmas.

For other Making Monday posts, check out the Yarn Yard Blog.

I’ve been busy and then away on holiday but I did finish my Spring Garden Top before I left. Here it is in the sunshine at Dirleton Castle near North Berwick yesterday:

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And yes, I am wearing a long sleeved top, a dress and merino tights as well as a merino knitted top in late June – you should have seen the thunder showers we drove through just inland of here! Ah, the joys of a British summer 🙂

I finished my long fingerless gloves:

Colour is somewhat greener in real life but you can see the stitches

Really pleased with how they turned out, although in true Scottish fashion, the weather went from too cold to wear them with bare arms to too warm to wear them at all in a week! Still, it’s not like we can expect this glorious sunshine to last, I expect I’ll be wearing them again soon enough.

And here they are on!

My current WIP is the Spring Garden top which made a brief appearance in my last post. Now on the correct size needle, it is growing nicely, I’ve divided off the sleeves and am working on the main body now. Soon I’ll have the fun of working out what to do with the waist decreases given the pattern as written wouldn’t fit me even if my tension wasn’t off! I foresee a lot of putting it on waste yarn and trying it on in my future…

The last thing I have to show off is new yarn, which isn’t green! This lovely stormy petrol blue arrived from the Yarn Yard last week, courtesy of the Boy for my birthday. Now I’ve seen it, I wish there had been more to order, I think it would make a lovely jumper or cardigan. But even I’m not small enough to get a top out of 420 m of 4 ply so I shall just have to find another use for it, oh the hardship 😉

Yarn Yard Toddy (merino & nylon sock yarn) in Ink Blot

Those of you who’ve been reading this blog for a while will remember that I’m a big fan of green glazes. My obsession with green is now continuing in my knitting – currently on my needles I have the second of a pair of over-the-elbow fingerless gloves in Yarn Yard Stanley merino:

"Kensington Mitts" by Annie Modesitt, pattern available from InterweaveStore.com

And I’ve also cast on for a Spring Garden T in apple green merino, although I’m going to have to buy a shorter circular needle before I can do any more on it. I was over-optimistic in thinking I could do the size 32″ on an 80cm needle (which is all I could get around here) – time to order some new needles online.

Spring Garden T by Alana Dakos, pattern available from Ravelry.com

Drops baby alpaca and silk lace from the Yarn Cake in Glasgow

And to complete the set, this lovely green lace is going to be a stole for me to wear with my wedding dress when I get around to making it. I’m currently thinking Dancing Cranes for the pattern, although I might change my mind, there are so many lovely ones!

Recently, I’ve been making plans and decisions:

And I finally finished knitting my first lace shawl, which just needs the ends weaving in and blocking now: