Back to reality

Hello again! My apologies for the silence; I have been away on a language course in Germany for the last two weeks and got back at the weekend. Things have been all go this month between the music festival (which went really well!) and the course so by this stage I am very glad to be back to normality.

I was very sensible and only brought one knitting project with me. At the time I felt like I was making a truly insane decision! What if I ran out of wool? What if I got completely sick of the project? What if – worst case scenario – I finished the project before I got home? It was a perilous situation… but one that paid off, as you can see…

It’s the Scroll Lace wrap by Ysolda Teague from the August issue of Yarn Foward magazine. Mine turned out a good bit smaller than a wrap – really just a lacy scarf – but I love it because it is a perfect wee thing for Autumn! I will post a better, modelled photo to give an idea of the size when I block it out. There is a lovely picot cast off along the top which needs vigorous blocking out at the moment. It was a good choice of project for a few reasons. It is constructed by firstly knitting a long length of the lace pattern and then picking up stitches along one side of it for the main body of the wrap. Then you knit back and forth in short rows to create a wedge shape and finish with the picot cast off. Each step was easy enough to memorise quickly but demanding enough to maintain my interest. It was a small project to carry around, especially at the lace knitting stage. I didn’t knit on it every day but got in some long stints whilst watching the athletics on tv so in the end, I managed to eke it out for the two weeks. I finished it up last night.

… which meant I had to cast on something new, right?! I made it to two different wool shops while I was over but didn’t buy very much. Some magazines and enough for a red hat were about the extent of it. The wool is ggh Giglio, a wool/polyamid blend and the pattern is the romantically-named #15 from the latest Rebecca.

This is your basic 1×1 rib floppy beanie. After the initial rib it develops into a yo/k2tog pattern which gives the main part of the hat extra flop. Easy enough and good tv knitting.

I hope to finish off my Henley Perfected soon and get started on some proper Autumn knits. I have a request from Alb for a warm jumper as well as one for a Central Park Hoodie. I am deathly in love with this as well as the entire new Twist collection, especially this one. Not helping me either are all the new catwalk collections with cables, old-school patterns like houndstooth, paisley and argyle, fabulous collars and cuffs, and purple, blue, black and grey! I got some lovely dark purple Lima at This is Knit at the beginning of August. Initially I had intended it for something else but now I’m feeling a pull towards my Barbara Walker Treasuries…

2 thoughts on “Back to reality

  1. All good plans for the autumn! Dying to see how BdF Lima works up as I have been eyeing it for a while but not knit with it yet.

  2. The work in the top image is so tiny and tidy that I struggle to believe it was hand made. Well done, and thanks for the idea with regard to the red hat. I never thought of the yo (yarn over)business. Will give it a try.

    Also, well done for going on a language course. Hope it was fun.

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