January week 3

What a difference a week makes!

As I start to feel more human after last weeks flu, I’ve picked those needles back up and have been cracking on with my projects.

Week 3 – 14th to 20th Jan

    Projects cast-on = 1
    Projects finished = 0
    Days knit = 5
    Hours knitting = 18 hours.

It’s been a pretty good week where I’ve been able to knit 5 out of 7 days and as I write this blog I’ve nearly got my first finished object (#FO) of 2019! Next week includes a long bus ride on Saturday so I’m hoping to squeeze in at least 8 hours of knitting just on Saturday – watch this space!

Oswald continues to take shape and we’re over half way with the colourwork now. The pattern advises to use a combination of fair isle and intarsia and this is how I started. But the further up the wing I get I’ve switched to only using fair isle as the pattern is a bit busier and I can easily carry the colours along the back. I’ll definitely need to switch back to intarsia when I get to his head but for now I’m happy with just fair isle and it’s less ends to sew in at the end!

My tension seems to be ok and the floats look relaxed so I’m feeling pleased with the progress!

There’s been some great progress this week with the Maya cardigan for #niece1 and I just need to set in the sleeves and sew up the sides – this will definitely be my first #FO for 2019 and it might happen later today… as I write this blog post #niece1 is on her way over so I’ll have to hide the project and finish it when she’s gone!

My next project is now on the needles… some very good friends are having a baby who is due in April. They’re totally knit worthy and I know they’ll appreciate a little project… so I popped up to Ammonite this week and picked up some lovely yarn to make a blanket for the new arrival. The pattern I’ve chosen is the Ripple Garter Blanket by Louise Tilbrook. I really love Louise’s designs and this looks squishy and a quick little knit!

I think these colours fit well together (we know they’re having a boy!) and I’ve chosen some soft baby yarn from the West Yorkshire Spinners Bo Peep DK range.

And finally…

The Edinburgh Yarn Festival takes place again this year for its 6th year at Edinburgh’s Corn Exchange. The EYF features lots of my favourite designers and craft brands including Brooklyn Tweed, Countess Ablaze, Toft, The Little Grey Girl and La Bien Aimée I can’t wait to visit the show and see what the UK’s premier yarn show is all about – apparently I’ll need a big budget!

Is anyone else making a trip to Scotland this year? Or to any other shows in fact?

Until next week… happy knitting!

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