Guess what I finished!

I didn’t realise I looked so smug when I took the photo this morning, but it’s too late now! I popped it straight in the post to Lisa and all going well, you will be able to see it in person next weekend!

I honestly hoped to get an entire shrug out of one ball of Kidsilk Night. This is how much I had left out of two balls.

…But this is because I made the sample pretty long in the arms and I made the ribbing for the body really long too – about six inches. I have been typing up the pattern on and off all afternoon and evening. I’m trying to make it as clear as possible! All going well, the pattern will be available to download from This is Knit soon, and available to buy in paper form directly from the shop too.

So things have been really mad, but in a good way. I was really happy with the way I played on Saturday night (another competition) – I came second. Because I won my competition on Thursday, I get to play in the piano bursary final this Thursday coming. Even though there is a prize at the end of it (e2,000), it feels more like a celebration concert of good piano playing. It’s an achievement to get that far. That’s how I look at it anyway. I figured some woolliness was definitely in order, though, yesterday, so I headed out to TIK to show my very-nearly-completed shrug and pick up some goodies.

I have been drooling over this particular wool ever since it came in. It is Lorna’s Laces Worsted in Mixed Berries, and is destined to be a spring moebius. Yum. It is so soft.

The sock yarn on the left I had planned to buy (chevon socks!) but the cashmerino was a surprise. Such a wonderful teal colour! I couldn’t leave it behind. It will make something beautiful. I have earrings that match it perfectly.

Lots of new things in the shop, like the Laines du Nord Cashsilk (must been seen to be believed!) and the new Debbie Bliss Rialto. The Rialto is a 100% merino wool but actually looks like a cashmere-silk blend. I kid you not. There is a lovely sheen off it and is as smooth as anything. And the colours! Fantastic browns, greens, oranges, creams, blues… I think it would make a really funky 70s style vest.

And of course, the great news that the shop is moving to a bigger premises in the market which means extended opening (like during the week!) and more room for even more yarn! Yay!

Once I got the shrug in the post this morning, I got cracking on my Thermal sleeve. I have already reached the armhole and I hope to get the other sleeve finished before I finish off the body, so that I have two sleeves ready to go when I do! No pictures, but I’m pretty sure you know what a purple sleeve looks like.

6 thoughts on “Shrugalicious!

  1. That is an extremely lovely shrug. For some reason it always seems to take more yarn than you think. I hope the recipient loves it

  2. lovely picture of you in your shrug. well done!
    your sock yarn pics are making me drool! reminds me that i need to get cracking on my own sock yarn stash…

  3. I don’t think you look smug, but even if you did, why not? You finished a shrug! It’s nice, too.
    Also nice is that Opal sock yarn. *covet*

    Congratulations on playing well at the …thing, with the …piano stuff. And good luck with the upcoming stuff, too.

    I hated playing piano. Could. Not. Stand it. Tried to run away from home to get out of my lessons (but I was still wearing my school uniform and it was winter and my knees were cold). I am SO much happier to listen to other people playing music than I was when it was me.

  4. Nice work on the shrug, I was thinking you could call it The Smug Shrug, why not, it has every right to be! Nice shopping too! 🙂

  5. Echo’s of everyone else commenting here- well done on the shrug, and well done in the competition! You see, there CAN be a good reason for not making it to knitting on Saturday ;-D

  6. I think it’s a well deserved smug look! That shrug is fantastic!!

    I totally understand the LDN cashsilk lust. Man, that is some lovely stuff!

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