And the winner is….
So, it’s June already!
I did say I was going to podcast once a month but the May episode has been slightly delayed because I wanted to announce the shawl naming competition winner in this episode.
That means I’ll be recoding another episode later this month 🙂
I’ve worked out how to embed the video directly into the blog (yay!), so you can watch it right here, without having to leave the blog!
Those of you who don’t want to watch the video, or those who are looking of more info about patterns, yarns etc mentioned in the podcast, feel free to read on.
I’m currently working on quite a few wips, three blankets (the Cathedral Window Throw, Greg blanket and the Last Dance on the Beach Scheepjes CAL).
I’m rather behind on the Scheepjes CAL and haven’t touched my Cathedral throw or Greg for quite some time. Well, I’ve woven in ends on my Greg squares, but I haven’t added any new ones…
I’m on week 4 of the Scheepjes CAL but I’m not to fazed about being behind since I want this to be a relaxing project, one where I think about Marinke during the process.
I’m also taking my time to think about which colours to use because I’m treating this blanket in the same way as I did my Succulent blanket (the first Scheepjes CAL and also designed by Marinke). I decided to treat this blanket in the same way because Marinke really liked my take on the blanket and it’s another way to draw the two blankets together and remember a dear friend.
When I filmed the podcast I only had two squares of week 4 done, now I have three, so I’m slowly getting there 😉
My other wip is the Piha shawl, designed by The Little Bee. A gorgeous triangular shawl. I’m using a discontinued single ply lace weight yarn from Nurturing Fibres and combining it with another lace weight single from ColourSpun. Both are South African yarns from my stash. The shawl is designed for sock weight yarn but I didn’t have any I wanted to use for this shawl, so I went with the lace.
I did misread the pattern and in the video you can see that the shape is almost heart shaped instead of triangular.
I wasn’t going to rip it out (because of the lace weight single!) but the evening after podcasting I did rip it back because it just didn’t look nice.
My last wip is a pair of boats (I mean socks) for Conrad. He wears an SA size 11/12 and a European size 46, so he’s got massive feet! I’m knitting them two at a time toe up, as usual but I started by casting on 24 stitches and inrceased that to 80 stitches using 2.5mm Addi Lace circular needles. Yarn is Drachenwolle in the Supernova colourway. The pattern is Driftwood, which is one of Mina Philip’s new patterns from her Beyond Vanilla collection and it’s really fun to knit.
So, now for the shawl naming winner…
It was really difficult to pick a name because all the suggestions were lovely!
I did remove suggestions of people who are not part of the Ravelry group from the thread because the winner had to be a group member!
I eventually decided to go with HeidiWahl’s suggestion of Frosted Breath because it’s what spoke to me most.
Congratulations Heidi! You’ve won a skein of Das Modschaf yarn of your choice, to the value of 20 Euro and the yarn for your own Frosted Breath shawl from Adelé! Please send me an email so I can give you all the details!
I’ve also decided on gifting everyone who entered the competition a copy of the shawl pattern, once it is released.
Now onto finished objects.
I finished three things which you haven’t seen before, unless you follow me on Instagram or Facebook.
The first is the Raindrops Shawl, which is a knitted shawl designed by Christina Wall. Both her and Sally of the Wooldiaries podcast are hosting a KAL for the shawl at the moment. I used my Wollmeise in the Mäuseballet colourway on 4mm circular needles for the shawl. It’s a lovely easy knit perfect for beginners who want to do a bit more than just knit and purl.
The second thing I finished was a pair of socks for Eliana. The pattern is called Spring Ecstasy and it’s a lovely cable pattern that forms a climbing vine up the side of the sock. There’s also a little pattern above the heel, which was a bit tricky to work out because I used a different heel from the pattern but I like the result.
The yarn is from Katja and is a cotton, wool blend.
Lastly, I made Eliana a Twilight Sparkle My Little Pony using Scheepjes Catona.
I changed a couple of things from the pattern: Instead of using iron-on fabric for the eyes and cutie-mark I crocheted the eyes and embroidered the cutie-mark. I also changed the wings because the wings in the patten were a bit boring for m liking.
I love this cotton yarn, even though it is mercerised. I usually find mercerised cotton very hard but this is surprisingly soft, plus it’s available in little 25g balls which are totally squishable and cute and perfect for trying out the yarn without breaking the bank 😉
Acquisitions for this month was more South African yarn and the Scheepjes Catona.
I don’t have photos of the South African yarn but it’s Oriole and an Aran weight, custom dyed single ply from Linda’s Tree House, as well as my swap yarn from Sally, which was a sweater quantity of Vamp Red from Yarn Stash.
Sally also included a lovely project bag!
Oh, and a lovely basket full of Scheepjes Catona yarn for two My Little Pony’s.
Lastly, I’ve got some exciting news… over the next few months I’ll be reviewing some crochet books for Penguin Random House SA.
And that’s it for this time already… enjoy your crafting <3