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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

On The Needles - The Holiday Edition

Normally I update you on my knitting every Wednesday but I've got an announcement I'm making on the blog tomorrow so I'm a day early. I took a lot of knitting with me on holiday but didn't do as much as I'd hoped to do. 

I cast on for a pair of Lollipop socks before we left. I used my Creme Brulee pattern to knit these top down socks. I could have finished them on our holiday but by the time we were due to leave Venice, I only had half the foot left. I knew that wouldn't be enough for the trip home so I put these socks in my suitcase and cast on for another pair instead.

I took some beautiful sock yarn from Snailyarn with me. Snailyarn is an Italian indie dyer and I got a couple of skeins from her last year. I wanted to knit on these while we were in Itally and finally cast on for the last day. When we got to the airport, I'd only done about 5 rounds of rib. I knitted the remaining 65 rounds of the leg while we were waiting in the airport (we did get there hours too early). I knit the entire heel flap after boarding, while we were waiting for take off. Again, we had about 1/2 hour delay due to missing our take off slot. I then turned the heel, picked up stitches for the gusset and worked through most of the gusset decreases during our flight. Again, I'm using my Creme Brulee pattern for a pair of top down socks for me. The yarn is dreamy to knit with.

I cast on for the Caterpillargreen shawl before we left but wasn't really feeling it. Then we visited Santorini and the volcanic landscape and blue water reminded me of the colours in this shawl and I suddenly wanted to finish it. I've just cast this off yesterday evening. I didn't get that far on this while we were on the holiday but I've knitted a lot since we got home. The pattern will be revealed in September.

Before we left, I was working on a new poncho design which will be part of the Lace Wear Volume Two Collection which will be published this autumn. I wanted to finish this before we left for our holiday but I didn't manage it. I've been unwell since we came home and I've done a lot of knitting and watching Netflix and on Saturday this poncho was done. It's currently in the blocking queue which is rather long at the moment.

Since I've been home, I've also done a few rounds on my sparkly Opal socks. I'm on the second sock and the leg is over half done so I'm nearly there. This sock has been living in my hand-bag and I work on it when I'm out and about. The picture below was taken before I left for my holiday and the yellow string is the waste yarn for the afterthought heel.

I'm not keen to cast on a new project at the moment. On Monday I'll be casting on for something which I'll be revealing tomorrow. Until then I'll try to finish these two pairs of socks and I need to do some swatching for future projects, design commissions and my book. Make sure you come back tomorrow or sign up to my newsletter for my big announcement. I've got something fun planned for August and it'll be free.

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