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Thursday, January 28, 2016


It's been a busy two weeks. I've had 6 design deadlines in two weeks. I didn't do all the knitting myself. I'm fortunate to have some wonderful sample knitters to help me out but I did knit two samples myself. However, I do all the finishing for the samples myself, so that includes any sewing up, button bands, collars, other edgings etc. Some of these little details can be time consuming. I quiet enjoy it though. I didn't use to enjoy finishing tasks but as I've become more competent at it and quicker it's changed how I feel about it. It's the finishing details that quite often pull the project together. Did you know that I teach a Finishing School For Hand-Knitters as an online class? You can take this class at any time. All you need is internet access and a computer, laptop or tablet. The classes are a mix of videos and pdfs and I show you everything you need to know about finishing and sewing up your hand-knits. You can do the class in your own time and at your own pace. Get more details and sign up here.

All this deadline knitting and finishing means there's been less time to work on existing wips but I've managed to add a few rounds on my Debbie Bliss Fine Donegal poncho. I'm going to London in about 10 days and I'd love to finish this before I go so I can wear it. I'm planning to work on it for a set period every day to try to achieve this.

Every time I finish a project, I'm itching to cast on something new, even if I have other projects that need finishing. I've been dreaming about this yarn from Oslo Micro Dyery (which is a Norwegian indie dyer based in Oslo - near where I grew up) for a week or so. I've been going over various design ideas in my head. Earlier this week I decided to wind the yarn up. I knitted a little swatch to see if my idea might work. It did, so I couldn't resist casting on. I'm loving the yarn, singles pure merino yarn, and the pattern so much that this has been my number 1 knitting this week. However, I do need to finish the Debbie Bliss poncho so I'm trying to keep this project on the back burner a bit.

What's on your needles this week? Do you keep multiple projects on the go? Or are you a monogamous knitter?

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I like to have two different projects on the go at any given time. One which requires concentration, such as your stranded mittens, and one simple for TV knitting. There is very little TV which cannot be improved with the addition of some knitting. If even knitting can't improve it then it was rubbish TV to start with and is a waste of your (knitting) time.

I'd also like to knit your Teal Dream cardigan - do I have to track down a copy of last month's Knit to do so? Or will you be releasing the pattern any time soon?