Hello everyone, sorry for posting a couple of times then disappearing again. It’s still such a weird time, in lots of ways things are getting back to normal and then not at all in lots of other ways… it’s hard – as I’m sure it is for all of you to know how to feel or what to do sometimes.
My creative mojo has come and gone over the past few months, it has fits and starts. Sometimes I dive into a project and work solidly until its done and then have weeks at a time where I don’t feel like I do much.
Back in May I took part in a test knit for Gudrun’s Yokey Doke Pullover, it was one of those addictive projects, I loved the bell sleeves and corrugated ribs on the neck and cuffs, I machine knitted the body and sleeves then hand-knitted all the colourwork, I used Supreme Jumper weight in Shetland Black and Jumper Weight in 121, FC46, FC38, 1281 and 29. I love how it came out, it’s not really been cold enough to wear it yet but things have changed the past week weeks and the weather is fairly turning here in Shetland so soon it will be time to wear it.
For something a bit different I also make a Treit by Kate Davies as soon as it was released, I knit it in Shetland Heritage Naturals in Light Grey which is such a beautiful natural colour – again I machine knitted the body which of course speeds up the project more, the lace was easy – I made a mistake at the beginning which you can see on the back :( I wish I just took it back as soon as I noticed but never mind, I still really like the finished top.
Now this next garment I finally finished but this was definitely not an addictive knit, sadly I love to wear classic, plain shapes but hate knitting them… I started it in January – the pattern is Trescao and I made it with one strand of Jumper Weight FC38 along with one strand of Hedgehog Fibres Kidsilk Lace in Rusty Nail and although I love the finished top I really did struggle to make myself knit on it – somehow plain knitting can give me too much time to think.. haha! Its a really nice free pattern, I knit slightly bell cropped sleeves and have more details on my project page.
Thankfully we have had a good summer in Shetland, I am trying to walk as much as I can, lockdown made me appreciate my surroundings much more. Being confined to my local area was difficult and I felt quite trapped sometimes as I’m sure many of you did too, but Shetland as a whole is more accessible to us now which is making things easier..
At the end of July, we lost our cat Etta, she was only 3 and that was really hard, I had been feeling a lot better in myself as my world was opening up but that sort of took me back to square 1. I am still finding it really difficult to look at photos of her and we are really missing her, I’m trying to be glad that one good thing about lockdown was that we were with her all the time in the last few months but still.. not a nice feeling. On Thursday I turn 30 so I’m hoping this new decade of my life brings some happier times (or will we just say 2020 is a write-off and I can have an extra year of my 20s?)
Two good things coming up is I have a pattern in the new Wool Week Annual – it may even be on the cover.. more details soon but you can pre-order it here. I also have a pattern in another new book, the Hesti Hat in the new Shetland Wool Adventure Journal Volume 1 which can also be preordered here
I hope you all have been able to find things to help you get through this time, whatever that may be, speak soon xx