Ending and beginning

Ending and beginning for me this week. I have finished a couple of projects and begun another one, as well as faffing about and enjoying the sunny weather. (Can’t beat a bit of faffing about!) I began tidying up the garden as everything seems to have got a bit wild and overgrown these past few weeks but the Japanese anemones are beautiful and I can’t bear to cut them back even thought they flop onto the grass. They are a sign that summer is ending and beginning to be autumn around the corner, I love their breezy pink flowers.

I have finished my crochet blanket and I’m super-pleased with that, and also my crochet shawl with frogged yarn from an earlier project I was never really happy with. What do you think? Its light and soft and perfect for summer evenings. The pattern was free with Inside Crochet Issue 78, designed by Laura Strutt. I made it in a relaxed weekend and it used 3 skeins of Kettle yarn Wimbledon in “Peach Melba” used double through out. Its just peachy!!

Talking of ending and beginning, I have been working on my hexagon granny blanket too, that’s got lots of endings of yarn to finish off, so I have decided to fining off the endings before I begin a new hexagon and its not such a chore. I think I am about a third of the way through, I have 14 hexagons each of 5 colourways, and I need 32 of each plus crocheting the shapes together. Perhaps it will be done by the autumn!

I have designed the Powderham pattern I mentioned in an earlier blog, and had the sample garment from the sample knitter this week. (Thank you so much Frances Jago!) It was inspired by being at Toby’s Gardenfest at Powderham in the spring. I needed something warm but not heavy to wear as it was still chilly, even in the sunshine and the idea of a tunic dress began to develop. Here’s a sneak preview….

Powderham dress pattern
Powderham dress pattern

It’s knitted in Pirkka Lanka and and has lacy panels up the front and the back in a leafy sort of design. It will be launched to The Cornish Yarn Festival at Marazion on 3rd and 4th september, and will be available to buy from Gorgeous yarns on line on 5th september. The pattern will be free if you buy the yarn for it…. I’m thinking of beginning another one in a natural colour Corriedale yarn to see how that works out too. It will be a good way to test the yarn to see if it is good enough for us to stock.

Have you seen the other yarn events Gorgeous Yarns will be at? Have a look at our Facebook page for more details of events in the autumn. Hope to see you at one of the shows, whether you are a beginner or experienced knitter or crocheter, there’s always something for everyone.

Bye for now,

Caroline

Japanese anemones in the garden
Japanese anemones in the garden
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