While the blog has been largely quiet for the better part of this year that doesn’t mean my needles haven’t been working!
Following the wrap up of Yarnporium at the beginning of November I was finally able to turn my attention to finishing a few things, and starting some Christmas knitting too.
The Clara dress is a darling little dress that I’ve been wanting to knit for absolute ages but all my friends kept having little boys! Some friends welcomed a baby girl into their lives earlier this year and I decided she needed something festive for the holidays. This was a great knit, if a bit tedious through the main part of the skirt but I love, love, LOVE the details in the yoke and bodice.
The pattern is translated from the original Danish (it’s originally an Isager pattern and only available in kit form, unless you can find the single pattern in English from a retailer as I did). Sadly, I don’t know if the pattern has lost something in translation or if it was just that vague in Danish but a lot of details are muddled or missing in terms of sizing, needle size and yarn requirements.
Yarn is John Arbon Exmoor Sock from my Mill Membership package, sadly now discontinued but due to be revived in 2019. The shoes are the Tiny Shoes by Ysolda out of Cornish Tin by Blacker Yarns, knit as a way of testing the yarn for the Yarn in the City podcast. Both lovely and crispy to knit with!
Also hot off the needles at the end of November was my Countdown to Yarnporium KAL project, the Béton Brut shawl by Karie Westermann.
Knit in the AMAZING Walcot Yarns (70% Falkland Merino, 30% Baby Alpaca, 100% Awesome) in Goldenrod, I couldn’t be more thrilled with the warmth and squoosh factor from the finished shawl. Karie was inspired by the National Theatre at Southbank and the strong architectural lines of the concrete building. Southbank is one of my favourite places and I’m so happy to have this shawl as a memento of Yarnporium 2018.
I don’t think I remembered to make a note on my project page but the lateral lines were a bit fiddly if knitted. I used a crochet hook (same size as my knitting needles) to do the sideways/Latvia braids and found it much easier to control my tension. YMMV!
Finally, after feeling a bit left out that mummy didn’t have an advent calendar to open daily with her guys, I remembered the beautiful kit that my BKFF Rachel put together for me last year to knit the Winter Dawn shawl which was the SweetGeorgia Yarns advent calendar project. Unbeknownst to Rachel, I already had the SGY advent calendar so I put the kit away with the pattern for the Land of Sweets cowl by Helen Stewart of Curious Handmade.
This has been such an enjoyable knit that I’m not as amazed as I think I would normally be to find myself actually keeping up with a project! I can’t wait to wear it at Christmas and I’m excited that it will actually be FINISHED as I’ve been weaving in ends along as I go. I’d really love to wear it Christmas Eve so I’m thinking about pushing ahead to finish a day or two early so it has time to block. Is that like eating the last chocolate out of the advent calendar before the last day??