Knitting was put on hold last weekend, because I was determined to finish spinning this lovely fluff. It's a blend of Bluefaced Leicester, Cashmere & Silk from fondant fibre and, as usual, it was beautifully prepared. I'm not sure what it'll knit up to be yet. Theres a lovely transition from white to dark grey through it, so I think it'll have to be a nice shawl which shows it off!
That ludicrous orange is going to be a pair of coopknits socks; Saxifrage to be precise! They had to be a ludicrous colour, because so far my socks have been pretty tame (I'll need to pop them all here and show them off!). How did you do with your Socktober? I managed 2.5 pairs. Not bad? I'm proud of myself, at least!
|Saxifrage by Coopknits|
And possibly the most enjoyable part (yes better even than new spinning and new socks) is that every Month, Debbie Orr of Skein Queen dyes up two colourways to match a chosen book. This month, she chose 'Eeny Meeny' by M.J. Arlidge and, my-oh-my, were those yarns glorious.
The base is a merino/silk/yak blend - it's beautiful. It's burning a hole in my stash shelf, and I really need to find something to knit with it soon! Ideally, I'll find a gorgeous big shawl which requires two different colours of yarn so that I can use both the solid and variegated provided by the club together. Any ideas? If not I'll just have to spend yet more hours browsing Ravelry...
The club is a great motivator for me to pick books I wouldn't usually pick, encourages me to hurry up and finish them and leaves a lovely little bit of anticipation as I wait to see what colours Skein Queen will dream up. I really do love reading, and since starting work it has been hard to wind down, to take time out just to read for a few hours, so I've been teaching myself to chill out again! Y'know, in between the studying.
If you'd like a little book club with added yarn, there's a group here on Ravelry, and if you fancy joining the club it's over on the Skein Queen website.
OH! I almost forgot! Since there now appears to be a growing number of Glasgow inspired shawls, there'll be a wee KAL over in the OwlPrintPanda ravelry group :D. The Ashton Lane shawl won second place in the Glasgow School of Yarn competition a couple of weekends ago, which was lovely! It's even more lovely to see people want to knit it together :)