January 2016

2016 has started off with a flurry of appointments and activities. January and the first half of February are proving to be busy weeks with barely a free weekend but I’ve found time to knit (usually in the evenings after work) which has meant a couple of late nights but a more relaxed me.

A visit to Sydney in December meant a visit to Morris & Sons yarn store to pick up some Noro Silk Garden. (not the cheapest yarn store but it was a chance to squish the yarn for real and choose the colour I liked). I had been inspired by SnowWhiteMama after seeing her Noro version of the Florence Cardigan by Carol Feller. I knit mine in Noro Silk Garden in colourway 401. I love how drapey it is.

(My sleeves are actually the same length, I never noticed that I had it crooked on the mannequin until I had the pictures up on the screen).


























Florence Cardi




























There seems to be a lot of knit alongs happening on Ravelry at the moment and I’ve joined in a couple.

First up is the Color Affection Shawl KAL (which has now become any striped shawl) over on the Yarnderwoman Podcast group. I had the Color Affection Shawl in my pattern library and searching my stash I found I had the perfect yarns! win-win. I’m using Madeline Tosh Merino Light in El Greco, Smokestack & Tart. I think this was yarn that I picked up from Yarn Glorious Yarn at the last craft show in Brisbane (October 2015). I bought it to knit the Lilli Pilli Shawl by Ambah O’Brien – which I will still knit one day.

Now that I’ve introduced the 3rd colour and am up to the short row section the rows are getting so much longer and I usually don’t have time for much more than 2-3 rows at a time. These colours will fit into my wardrobe perfectly and I’m hoping to have this finished to take away with me in April (more on that later).

colour affection

On & off the needles for another KAL was Unicorn Stripes.  I had purchased the kit from Knitcrate in July last year and when Hanna from Rose Hip Knits Podcast announced she was holding a miniKAL I cast on the scarf. I really loved how the colours were playing together and had just started the 6th stripe when I realised that I just wasn’t going to wear this when it was done. So I frogged it.

unicorn stripes

Because I did like the colours together I am hoping that one day I will use the yarns in another project, perhaps some kind of sweater yoke or stripe accent on a cardigan – let me know if you have any ideas.

Next week is another busy one with a couple of trips to Brisbane.