I went to the Harrogate Knitting and Stitching Show last week, as I do most years. I love looking at the exhibitions of craft work and this Legend of the Willow Pattern quilt was the star of the show in my view.
I bumped into three people I know and had a good catch-up while sharing information on which stalls were worth visiting. I arrived home exhausted after a full day of ambling around, admiring things, feeling fabric, stroking yarn, chatting to stallholders, being inspired and generally having a good time. I bought a beautiful slate grey ball of fine linen yarn from the wonderful Sheep on Mars stall. I plan to make this Frosty Apples shawl with it, that was displayed on the same stand but in a merino yarn.
However, I won’t be knitting fine linen until the Spring, and by then I may have found another pattern that I like even better. If I do use Frosty Apples, it will be my first attempt at nupps, the little bobble-like lumps that are a feature of Estonian lace.
Another pair of socks
The temperature has been hovering around zero for a few days now and I have succumbed to my dear husband’s request for yet more warm socks. Fortuitously, a widower called in to my knitting group’s session with 5 large bags of yarn, wondering whether we could use it. Could we use it! It’s always rather sad to think of a keen knitter dying before she could use her stash – not that I knew this lady – but at least it will be put to productive use.
I also acquired about 70g of a grey 4-ply that looks like sock yarn. I’ll put it together with the patterned yarn I have left over from these socks, and it should make a pair for my dear husband. I’ve cast on already.
I’m knitting my favourite sock pattern, devised and honed over about a dozen pairs. I start with a provisional cast-on of half the required number of stitches for the foot (and leg), work the toe using shadow wrap short rows, then undo the provisional cast-on and put those stitches onto needles with the already-live ones to work the foot on the full complement. I use the shadow wrap technique for the heel as well. I like a rib or a broken rib, or perhaps something fancier if the yarn is a plain colour. Seeing as these grey socks will have jazzy, multi-coloured toes and heels, I’m going to work the instep and the leg in a staid 5×1 broken rib. They will look very sober and respectable with shoes on.
I’m not sure whether I’ll have enough of the patterned orange yarn – it’s Drops Fabel in Tex Mex colourway – for the heels to match each other, but the toes definitely will.