This year’s Harrogate show

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.

Willow Pattern quiltWhat a stupendous piece of work.

Fine grey linen yarnI 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.

Frosty Apples shawlHowever, 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.

Orange socksI took a jumper quantity of bottle green acrylic DK that may be enough for a plain sweater for myself, but if not I will knit a child-sized one to give to Oxfam.

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.

Grey and orange socksI’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.

About yorkshirecrafter

I live and work in West Yorkshire.  I've always enjoyed crafts of all types, from woodwork to lace-making.  I also enjoy anything mathematical, which makes knitting a favourite pastime, especially complicated designs.  I've been advising businesses and industry on environmental matters for 30 years and also have an interest in green living, especially where it saves me money. I live with my husband and our Maine Coon in a 100-year-old cottage that constantly needs something doing to it.  Fortunately, I enjoy DIY too.
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