I finished a deadline shawl which I needed to finish by today. I finished that yesterday morning which meant that I was able to cast on for a much anticipated new design. I've been yearning to knit with one a tweedy yarn lately and chose Fab Funky Fibres Gradient Superwash Merino/Donegal Nep. I'm knitting a shawl that will also double as a shrug and I made good progress on this yesterday morning and during our church service.
We've had a lot of damp, wet, foggy, dark, miserable weather here lately but on Friday the temperatures dipped by several degrees which meant the arrival of sunnier but very cold weather. Sunny, cold weather happens to be my favourite winter weather because you can wrap up warm and still get out to enjoy the sunshine.
So on Sunday afternoon we decided to make the most of the sunny weather and headed to a local beach to walk our dog. I was wrapped up well in wool - I wore a shop bought wool blend sweater and poncho, hand-knitted shawl (Costa Blanca) and my new hand-knitted handwarmers (pattern coming in a few weeks) and my Celtic & Co sheep skin boots.
After our walk we popped in to the Seaton Beach Cafe. They have an ourdoor undercover seating area with heating where you can shelter from the weather and also bring your dog. We relaxed for a while and I enjoyed a tasty hot chocolate and got a few rounds knitted on my Regia toe up socks.
In the evening, while we watched TV, I decided to focus on finishing a new poncho. I'm knitting in a gradient set from Sweet Georgia Yarns which I got from A Yarn Story in Bath. The hot pink is from Hedgehog Fibres (also from A Yarn Story). I'm knitting this for myself but if I'm happy with it, it will become a pattern in the new year.
I've got another busy week ahead of me and I'm happy I managed to have a relaxing weekend. This week, I'm teaching twice. Tomorrow I'm off to Spin A Yarn for a Toe Up Socks workshop and on Friday I'm teaching my Persephone workshop for the first time, also at Spin A Yarn. (If you can't make it to the workshop you can still buy the Persephone pattern).
All my patterns in my Ravelry Pattern Shop are 3 for the price of 2 until end of November and you can use the coupon code as many times as you wish. The coupon code is: novemberpattern. There's also 10% off everything in my YarnAddict Shop (including signed books - Beaded Lace Knitting) with discount code: novemberyarn. This is also valid until end of November 2015. I've got a little bit more yarn to add, hopefully this afternoon and some Tattysquawk shawl pins to add.