Happy New Year!
Like many lapsed bloggers, I’ve started 2013 with a resolution to blog more often this year. I’ve always got lots of ideas and projects that I want to share but, up until now, blogging has got pushed down the to-do list by more urgent deadlines. But no more…. one of my many resolutions this year is to be more efficient so that I can have more time for the things I love doing, including blogging and knitting.
The first step in the plan to be more organised was to have my stash of knitting books and magazines all in the same place. Knitters often talk about the size of their yarn stash and I know that I’m not alone in having more yarn than I could possibly ever need (although that doesn’t stop me buying more). I don’t know, however, whether other knitters share my addiction for knitting books, magazines and patterns. I can spend hours trawling around second hand bookshops and charity shops in search of old patterns and books but, more than once I’ve been delighted with a purchase, only to get home and find I’ve already got it. Please let me know that I’m not the only one who does this…
Anyway, back to the organising. John (aka Jock Sock but more of that in future blogs) got the tough job – he spent New Year’s Eve building the shelves whilst I had the much more pleasurable task of sorting through all the magazines and patterns to put them in some sort of order. And here is the result:
I feel inspired just by looking at the shelves – the only trouble now is resisting the temptation to spend all my time reading rather than knitting!
I spent a lot of time over the Christmas and New Year break in front of the TV but I don’t feel too guilty as it gave me the opportunity to finish my Zauberball Shawl:
This shawl was a real pleasure to knit – simple but satisfying, thanks to the fantastic colours of the yarn. This colourway is Crazy Zauberball, 1701 Parrot and the shawl takes 3 balls. The shawl is simply mitred squares in garter stitch and you pick up stitches as you go along so there’s no sewing up at the end apart from finishing off the ends:
My current project is double knitting socks in Adriafil Knitcol. I love the colours and feel of this wool – it is 100% merino but machine washable – and it makes the most comfortable walking socks. Another of my resolutions is take more exercise (as you might have guessed by now, if I achieve all the resolutions I’ve set myself this year I will be Superwoman by 2014) so I thought knitting some more socks would be a good start. I’ve knitted lots of these socks for samples for the stall and the website as well as for gifts but hadn’t knitted with this colourway (63) before. Under normal circumstances, it wouldn’t have been my first choice but I’m really pleased with how it’s knitting up: