Wow - I didn't mean to be away from blogposting for quite so long! I thought I would just get my sewing machine out and have some fun sewing for a while and now I see it's quite a number of weeks since I last posted....
However, it has all been highly productive as I now have quite a number of new items in my wardrobe and a much smaller amount of fabric in my stash, which is always a good outcome.
Mind you, I had forgotten just how much space sewing takes up. I seem to have commandeered almost every flat surface in our house. The dining table is now a cutting table and our breakfast area by the window has a sewing machine and an overlocker to either side of my workstation. All I can say is that it's a good job I have a wonderfully understanding husband who is happy to go with the flow.
However, I haven't abandoned knitting and have been finishing off a lot of items just waiting for some final touch or other. It's amazing how long projects can wait just for a seam to be finished or some ends sewn in, isn't it!
In addition to those distractions, I have been going through my old knitting patterns and updating a number of them. I was so impressed with the new charting software that we used for our last revision of our Reversible Knitting Stitches book, so I wanted to use that for the rest of my patterns. That has also given me the opportunity to add some extra notes where appropriate and check all the links are up-to-date too.
The photo above shows one of the patterns I have just updated, the Kimpton Scarf and Wrap – and just in time for some summer knitting! With the kiddies breaking up from school, summer holidays beckoning and the arrival of the hot summer days, this is a great project to work on right now - lovely cool yarn to knit with plus a scarf or wrap you can use straight away for cool summer nights or eating in an air-conditioned restaurant. Perfect.
Having seen to the Kimpton knitting pattern, I then went on to update two of my other wrap patterns as I so love wearing these. The first of these is the FFCT Wrap, beautifully modelled by our daughter Anna in the photo above. This has a touch of merino in with the cotton and gives a wonderful touch of warmth just when you need it.
Then I also updated the Scottswood Stole pattern which can be worked in either a sportweight baby alpaca or a DK merino to keep you cozy when the temperatures start to dip again, although it's hard to imagine that right now I know!
Do contact me if you have purchased any of these patterns and would like the latest versions for your library. I'll be happy to send them out to you.
I have also just added my newest pattern, the Kassiopi Scarf, to both Ravelry and LoveCrafts (formerly LoveKnitting), so if you'd like to add that to your Rav or LK project library you'll now be able to link it in directly from there.
The pattern includes three widths in some lovely zingy summer colours to pep up your summer outfit. You can also find this on my website here and in my Etsy store.
Then lastly, I have been working on a new pattern, the Darlington Lace Wrap pictured at the top of this post. This is a beautifully draping wrap in a soft and silky yarn and I have been wearing that lots already. I hope to get the pattern uploaded in the next few days and will post more about this next time.
Until then, have fun with your summer knitting!
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