Foggy Sunset

Foggy Sunset
Photo by Aisling Doonan

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Woolly Ramblings

Hello September, hello Autumn, good day to your torrential rain and life sapping humidity. Nothing like living in a country where you suffocate whilst wearing a raincoat!

I couldn't breath yesterday, it was Monday, compounded by tiredness and humidity that would probably keep a fish alive out of water. Every last ounce of energy went into breathing. Today is vaguely better but rainy, so I am hiding indoors listening to the birds sing in the oak outside and taking photos.

My Autumnal project to keep me cosy this year is my Ruby Pi Shawl. I'm knitting it in Jamieson's Ultra (colourway Lava) on 3.5mm needles. The lace patterns I'm using are simple with rest rows, and I'm hoping to release this as a pattern soon. 

I adore Pi Shawls, there is so much satisfaction watching them grow tier upon tier and to end up with a perfect flat circle at the end. It is truly magical. No guesswork, just maths. Nice and logical in reality but I am always in awe of the finishing process, and seeing it all pinned out, the lace taking it's proper form. I still think that some sorcery is involved.

My little (not so little, both getting ever closer to 5 foot tall) darlings are back at school now and I am trying to find a good routine for myself. Trying to fit in everything I need to do into school time, it's an adult tetris puzzle. So many things I want to do, so many projects and ideas that I'd love to see take form, writing, knitting, designing, travelling, meeting new people, learning, my list is endless.

I have some new yarn to share, I recently signed up for the Life in the Long Grass sock club, so for the next 3 months I will receive a delicious skein in an exclusive colourway. This month, the colourway is Barley Cove and it's got beautiful amber and plum and emerald streaks through it. Very warm and tempting, I think I may make a cowl out of it.

I also bought some Patons Merino Extrafine Aran in a rich plummy purple to knit a baby cardigan for a friend. I will make Elizabeth Zimmermann's February sweater as it is pretty and easy to make. It always turns out well and looks more complicated than it is. 

I'm impressed with Paton's labelling, they tell you how many grams you'll roughly need for jumpers, scarves and hats. I thought that was genius, takes all the guesswork out of it.

I did finish my hat but I'm not happy with the brim, I'd like it to be wider and possibly longer. There are a lot of short rows with this hat so it was almost a swatch and I don't mind undoing it back, as I know what I am doing now, haha. I'm taking a break to knit some other things before I start to tinking as it's less psychologically painful that way!

I'll possibly have my baby Cardigan finished by next week, I really need to get a move on as the baby will be a toddler soon if I don't get a move on! I might even get to the next tier of my Pi Shawl, I could have a very productive week!

Until then

Happy knitting



  1. We have had a summer like that too (minus the rain, it's been far too dry here). Even today they are talking 40C with the humidity. My lungs don't like to have to strain the air before breathing it :) My Ella's nearly 5ft too (same as me). I can't believe she's starting grade 5 already. February baby sweater is my go-to sweater pattern. Always so pretty.

  2. My wife loves knitting she would love that