After finishing my baby knitting I cast on a just for fun item.
I purchased this cake of gradient yarn from Bilum Yarns at the 2016 Edinburgh Yarn Festival. It’s perfect colours (green through blue to purple) with bonus sparkle. I had 100g of a fingering weight yarn and went looking for lacy shawls to use it on. I settled on Fragile Heart by BooKnits. The pattern is written for laceweight yarn but fingering has worked just as well. The shawl starts from the centre top and increases out to a crescent. There are variations in the pattern to work either entirely in lace or with a garter or stockinette section at the top. I worked entirely in lace but without beads, working 4.5 repeats of the body lace before starting the border charts. I don’t know that I’d would have had enough yarn to work another repeat on the body but I did add some additional rows to the end of the border lace to get all the way to the purple. I started with the picot cast off but (and this has happened before) I didn’t much like the look of the picots so tinked back and used Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bindoff instead. It blocked out super well and I’m thrilled with the result.
The third Edinburgh Yarn Festival has been running the last few days with the marketplace open on Friday and Saturday. I attended on the Saturday and had a great time. I didn’t have a major plan this time around but had some ideas. I picked up some things first thing in the morning (a spindle, 3 mini-skeins, some buttons) and then had a good wander while I thought about what else I’d like. There were a couple of things I didn’t get – yarn for a cardigan (I couldn’t find the right colour in the right number of skeins) and yarn for a 2-colour t-shirt (again not the right combination in a single yarn range). I also missed out on buying a fibre batt I liked – should have bought it when I first saw it I think. I happy with the results and have lots of plans.
Top row L-R: Fibre from The Threshing Barn – Ashford Merino and Silk, 3 mini-skeins of Burras from Ripples Crafts in A Teal Tale, Damson and Moonshine for a cowl.
2nd row L-R: TravelKnitter BFL Supersock in Queen of Hearts and Puddled Iron for a two colour shawl, TukuWool Fingering purchased from Queen of Purls in 17 and 1 for a two layered cowl.
3rd row L-R: Old Maiden Aunt SW BFL Aran in Berry Good for a hat, Old Maiden Aunt MCN 4ply in Moody for socks, buttons from Textile Garden for a pair of Veyla Mitts, Bilum Plaua gradient 4ply for a shawl.
Bottom row L-R: Blacker Yarns Classic DK in dark grey and Gotland DK in blue for a colourwork hat, Wollmeise Pure in Poem and Blue Bell both for separate shawls. And a resin spindle from Spin City UK.
Things to think about for future yarny purchases: Suilven from Ripples Crafts in 2 colours for a t-shirt, Deeply Wicked DK in Midnight from Easy Knits for a cardigan, Wollmeise DK for a cardigan, Old Maiden Aunt Aran for a cardigan, Spin City UK for Batts, Easy Knits for self-striping sock yarn, La Bien Aimee for variegated yarn.
In other news Wee Man is getting his last two molars, Hobbity-boo has the chicken pox, Husband is still coughing from our previous colds and spring is coming.