Hello and happy release day! I'm so excited to share my brand new shawl pattern with you I thought it would be fun to record a little video to show you some of the work that goes into creating a pattern from thinking up the idea to getting it ready for release! I hope you enjoy it! You can see the pattern for Cairn in my Ravelry store here, I hope you like it as much as I do! I know I'm biased but I can't wait until the weather gets cooler and I can snuggle into it!
Hello lovely folks! I have some super exciting news to share! A couple of weeks ago the lovely ladies over at Making Stories got in touch to ask if I would be interested in hosting a KAL for one of the patterns from their brand new book BREEZE. Err......mother may I?!!! Of course I said yes! Not only is their work beyond awesome but they are some of the nicest, most talented, genuine women you could meet.
If you haven't heard of them before Making Stories is an independent knitwear design publisher based in Berlin, owned and run by Verena Cohrs and Hanna Lisa Haferkamp. BREEZE is the second book in their European Nature series which combines ethically and environmentally-friendly made yarns with modern, minimalist knitwear designs. In addition to the patterns, BREEZE also includes individual profiles of the designers and yarn companies involved, as well as articles and interviews relating to sustainable yarn, summer knitting and the stories of inspiring members of the fibre community! I was so lucky and honoured to be a part of their first book WOODS and I know exactly how much love and passion goes into their work and I'm so excited to be involved again!
So what am I doing? Basically, Making Stories will be running one big KAL for all the patterns in BREEZE, with lots of exciting prizes! Along side this there will also be lots of other design specific KALS run by other knitters such as myself! For my KAL, I got to choose which of the patterns I would like to make, and after a lot of back and forth (I was spoilt for choice!) I decided to go with the Coromuel Pullover pictured below, a gorgeous three quarter length sleeve jumper designed by Joan Forgione (@papermoonknits on Instagram) and featuring the gorgeous Masham Mayhem 4ply from Ginger Twist Studios and I seriously can't wait to cast this on! I ordered my yarn already! I can see me wearing this not only over the spring/summer but right into Autumn! Would you like to join me?! If you are interested in this KAL or any of the Making Stories KAL's for BREEZE keep reading for all the details below!
Details Of The KAL
So first of all if you think you would like to get involved you can see all the patterns and pre order your copy of BREEZE here at the Making Stories website! You can also get all the sizing and yarn requirement info for Coromuel and all the other patterns on the BREEZE Ravelry page. The official start date is the 4th May and it will run until the 30th June and both the Making Stories main KAL and my Coromuel KAL will be run on Instagram and on Ravelry! Don't worry, I know the start date is coming up quick but you still have plenty of time order your copy of BREEZE and get involved!
What to do to participate.
- First of all, order BREEZE from Making Stories!
- Then, obviously, you need your yarn! Whether you stash dive or splurge, this is one of my favourite parts of planning a new project and it makes all the difference to the finished piece. I'm using the suggested yarn, Masham Mayhem 4ply by Ginger Twist Studios. The online store is closed at the moment but if you are in Edinburgh I strongly suggest you give the bricks & mortar shop a visit!
- Once you have your pattern and your yarn then lets get swatching! As mentioned I'll be hosting the KAL on Instagram & Ravelry. You can find me on Instagram as @flossiknits and I'll also be hanging out in the Making Stories Ravelry Group where there is a dedicated chatter thread for our KAL that can be found here. There is also the main chatter thread for the overall BREEZE KAL that can be found here!
- Hashtags! To keep track of the KAL on Instagram we'll be using #flossicoromuelKAL so we can easily see what everyone is up to. To keep linked with the main KAL you can also use #breezemakingstorieskal as well as #breezemakingstories and #coromuelpullover.
- I'll be keeping an eye on everyone's progress and, with your permission of course, regularly sharing updates on Instagram and Instagram Stories!
I think that's everything! I'd love to see you join in and have some lovely people to knit-a-long with! If you have any questions at all please feel free to email me and ask away!
As you might have seen I just released my latest pattern Ginnel, a pair of chunky fingerless mittens! It’s the perfect gift knitting project; fast, stylish and best of all free! With this pattern I wanted to design something simple that can you can put your own spin on, a blank canvas you can use to create a gift as individual and special as the person you are giving it to! If you would like to make your own pair of Ginnel’s, head to my Ravelry store to download your own free copy!
For the release I wanted make a few pairs to show some different things you could do to make them your own! One pair of my Ginnel’s were shouting out for a little natural dyeing and I thought onion skin dyeing would be the perfect project! If you’ve always fancied a go at dyeing this is a great beginner project, but before I get into all the details here a few things to bear in mind:
- always use separate equipment to dye with, never what you use when preparing food
- wear gloves at all times, even though the ingredients are natural
- always be careful not to over-heat or agitate the wool or you will end up with felt, wool hates sudden changes in temperature
Before I start, I wanted to talk quickly about mordants. A mordant is something you treat the wool with before dyeing to help the colour ‘stick’ and to help with fading. Onion skin dye is famous for wanting to fade over time and particularly in sunlight and treating your wool with a mordant can help with this. For this project I used alum and cream of tartar, both are available at the supermarket or online and are non toxic. So with that said, let’s get into it!
The first step is scouring, or cleaning your wool! This is to get rid of any dirt or oils that might prevent the yarn from taking in as much dye as it should. I soaked my mittens in a bowl of warm water with a little natural washing soap for about an hour. I then rinsed it in a bowl of clean water and gently squeezed out the excess.
In a small bowl I dissolved 4g alum powder and 3g cream of tartar in hot water. I then added it to a pan of cold tap water. I submerged the mittens in the pan and gently heated them over an hour to just below simmering. I then kept them at that temperature for another hour being careful never to let them boil. I then turned off the heat and left them to cool completely before gently rinsing them in clean cool water.
Making the dye:
As you probably have guessed, the more dye stuff you use the darker and more concentrated the dye bath. Onion skins are fantastic because they’re so easy to get. Whether you save them up as you cook or ask your local grocers (that’s what I did!) they’re always available! I filled my dye pan with onion skins because I wanted to achieve a really deep colour that hopefully would fade to a light yellow. I filled the pan half way with cold tap water and put it on a medium heat. Over an hour I gently brought it to a simmer. The hotter the water got the more colour started to appear, first a pale orange to a deeper liquid. After an hour I tested the dye bath with a piece of kitchen towel and saw that it was a pale orange. I decided to pay around with the ph to see what would happen if I made it more alkaline, so I added some baking soda dissolved in hot water. The dye deepened and shifted to a lovely golden yellow! I simmered it for a further 30 mins and then left it to cool over night to let the colour develop further.
Dyeing the mittens:
Now for the fun bit! As I mentioned before, wool hates too much heat and drastic changes in temperature, so I always start dyeing with cold wet wool and a cold dye bath. That way everything is heating together. I wanted to create a dip dyed effect so I started by dipping the ends of my mittens into the dye to just below where I wanted the dye to end. Remember the mittens are wet, and wet wool will wick the dye up further. I did this a couple of times before securing the mittens to a straight knitting needle with clothes pegs and supporting over the dye bath with some kitchen bowl (super fancy equipment!). I submerged the first half of the section I dipped into the dye into the dye bath and started to gently heat everything. Over the next hour I brought the temperature to just below simmering, every now and again dipping it in and out a little to make sure it didn’t dye a block at the bottom. I kept it at that temperature for another hour, always being careful not to let it get too hot and start boiling. I then turned off the heat and let it cool completely before taking the mittens out and rinsing them in cool, clean water until the water was clear. I laid them flat and let them dry.
Voila! Dip dyed mittens! I hope you enjoyed this little break down! If you give it a try I'd love to see your projects! There's a natural dyeing thread in my Ravelry group where you can share your dyeing adventures!
Hello Folks! Today I wanted to write a post about something you may or may not have heard about called Patreon. What is that you say?! Well lets see what Patreon says Patreon is…
Hmmmmm, intriguing! So basically if you are a creator of things, your fans pay you a subscription amount of their choice in exchange for what you offer, whether that’s knitting patterns, podcasts, whimsical fruit shaped glasses, whatever! It’s a really interesting concept, and for someone like me who runs their own creative business you can see the appeal. I started thinking of the flip side of this though. I can see all the benefits I would get out of this, but if I were to create a page what would my Patreons get, how would this be good for them and enrich their life? It was during this mulling period that the amazing and talented Hanna Lisa Haferkamp launched her own Patreon page!
Up until now the only Patreon pages I had looked at and become a Patreon of were from fellow knitwear designers who’s work I love and wanted to support. Hanna Lisa’s was different though, it was to be based on her Creative Boss Training program and the content is a combination of blog posts and video. I have been a viewer of Hanna Lisa’s Podcast for a while and have always loved her business segments so it was a no brainer to become one of her Patreons. I am proud to be subscribing to her Spring level subscription, which means I get access to monthly Creative Boss Tutorial Videos that Hanna Lisa puts together specifically for her Patreons and on topics that we have voted for. The first video just blew me away. The amount of detail and information that she managed to convey in one video was amazing, and not just amazing, but practical, and useful, and seriously just broke through the fog in my brain that normally forms when people want to discuss finances with me. And trust me, that fog gets super dense!
It brought me back to this concept of how do your Patreons benefit from this relationship, and I realised that what is really comes down to is finding a creative that not only you can connect with but that offers you something that perhaps you yourself are lacking. Does that make sense? The best way I can think to describe it is that I have X and I need to get to Y, but I’m struggling, but it’s ok because Hanna Lisa just came along and built me a little bridge between X and Y, but not just a regular bridge, a bridge/bouncy castle hybrid that I can jump around on and have fun on whilst getting to Y!
After the first video was released I knew I wanted to spread the word a little about Hanna Lisa’s page because I genuinely feel that as a creative who works in the knitting industry and wants to for a long time to come, working with Hanna Lisa will not only help me to progress and grow as a designer and business woman, but seriously enrich the experience along the way. Plus you can see within the first five minutes of one of her Creative Boss videos how much work, passion and love goes into what she is doing, and that alone is something to be celebrated! I reached out to her to say I was hoping to write this blog post and ask if that would be ok with her and she was so supportive and enthusiastic and right away offered to give up her time to have a skype call with me, which of course I said yes to!
It was so great to talk to her and I soon realised why I felt such a connection to her work and her outlook. Not only is Hanna Lisa a super creative and talented designer/maker (she has a gorgeous line of handmade project bags to name just one venture) but she is so passionate about working with other creative people and nurturing their passions, not just with a view to making money, but to help create a sustainable and fulfilling livelihood. Hanna Lisa made a really lovely remark saying, ”not one business is the same, they are one woman shows and everyone is doing it because of slightly different reasons under slightly different circumstances, but everyone is doing it because they love what they do.” Here here!
Hanna Lisa offers Creative Boss Coaching where she will work one on one with you to talk through your business ideas and help with everything from strategising, to branding, to marketing and much more. With her Patreon she wanted to be able to use her tutorial videos to reached a broader audience and to help people who possibly aren’t able to take part in the more intensive coaching. One of the things that really stands out to me when I’m watching the videos is the sheer amount of work that it must take to create one. I thought it would be interesting to get some insight in to just what goes into creating a Creative Boss Tutorial video. First of all there is the content. As I mentioned before, as a patreon I get to cast my vote on what sort of topic I would like the next months video to be about. Once the topic has been chosen Hanna Lisa has to work out what to include, outlining the general discussion points then breaking them into segments. Then she needs to decide what to include in each segment. How much of that will be her talking? Will there need to be an accompanying work sheet? Will there be demos? etc, etc! It’s a huge amount of work before she even starts filming the actual video, but once she has all her content it’s time to get it filmed and then start editing and putting it all together. Once the editing is done it's uploaded to Patreon where folks like me can view at our pleasure as many times as we like! It’s a much more intense and precise way of working compared to putting her podcast together and I was blown away by how she is able to organise so much information into such clear and concise content.
I loved getting to spend some time talking with Hanna Lisa, her enthusiasm and passion for what she does is so infectious and inspiring! I hope you have enjoyed this insight into how she works and found my thoughts, as one of her patreons, useful if you were curious about the process or wondering if it would be right for you. If you are a creative business looking for a little guidance I really encourage you to check out Hanna Lisa’s Patreon page to see all the reward levels she offers! You can also find all the info about her Creative Boss Coaching here at www.hannalisahaferkamp.com.
Have a great day! x
Since I first started playing around with natural dyeing I've tried a lot of different things, some successful, some not so much! One that I always seem to keep coming back to time and again is Avocado dye! Why you ask!? Well first there's that colour. Strange really, because of all the colours out there pink has never been one of my favourites, but there's something about that dusky pink though! And then there's the avocado itself. I've always been a fan, they're delicious, and as I've got older and my diet unfortunately became more and more complicated they've ended up being a staple part of my eating, a safe go to when I'm feeling less than perky. So winner winner! I can eat them to my hearts desire then save the skins and pits to make something super pretty!
So, the main reason I collected up my saved avocado pits and skins is this monster of a skein I've been saving in my stash for about three years. I get really precious over certain skeins, especially one like this. It was a gift from my parents when they visited Tallin and it's locally spun into a massive 350g skein. It's super wooly and rustic and gorgeous! Unfortunately something bitey got into my stash and when I last got it out it had been nibbled! Time to commit to a pattern and make this baby into something fun! Well, actually I still haven't decided on a pattern, but I did decide I wanted to dye it with my favourite natural dye! Take a look below!
How pretty is that pink! I used a combo of both the pits and the skins and heated them slowly to bring them to a simmer before letting them cool again. I repeated this several times over a few days. The best thing with avocados is to be patient. It can take a little while to extract a deep colour but it's so worth it! I also find that shifting the ph with a little baking soda really helps to! The yarn was mordented with alum and cream of tartar and once the dye was ready I added the wet, cool fibres into the cool dye bath. I brought it very slowly to a simmer and let it cool and repeated this process a couple of more times. Heat control is very important with protein fibres! You don't want a sudden change in temperature or you risky felting your lovely yarn!
Once the yarn was dyed there was still loads of colour in the dye pot so I threw in some cotton fabric that I had pre mordanted with soya milk. I heated and cooled it a few times then left it in there for a few days before rinsing. The result was gorgeous! A really deep dusky pink. It paired really well with some fabric I'd eco printed so I decided to sew up these project bags as gifts for some lovely knitting friends!
So that's my latest adventure into avocado dyeing! If you have any questions about the process at all please post it in the comments! I'd love to share whatever I have learned! You can also keep up with my other dye adventures on instagram!
I'm so excited to announce my new pattern, Mizzlin, is now available from my online store and my Ravelry store!
Mizzlin is a Lancashire word meaning that fine, drizzling rain that clings to everything and, for some reason, always seems much wetter than other any other type of rain. Does that make sense?! It is also referred to as Billinge Rain where I come from but I have no idea why so let's not worry about that!
Anyway, as I was saying, the name of this hat has roots from those murky, grey days in the North West of England, and I wanted to design a hat that brightens everything up and keeps that drizzly wet rain from your head. A contrasting cast on leads to a deep, twisted rib brim that fits snugly over your ears. Tiny acid yellow leaves cover the body, leading to simple decreasing at the crown and a gathered top, finished proudly with a bright, glowing pom pom.
The yarn I have used is the amazing Tamar Lustre 4ply by Blacker Yarns and it is so beautiful! It is spun from the fleeces of fine British rare breeds, including Teeswater, Wensleydale and Leicester Longwool. It's soft and wooly and the colours Gwindra and Tiddy Brook just shine. Blacker Yarns are one of my favourite companies to work with as their care and passion for natural, sustainable fibres are as inspiring as the finished product itself and it shows in every single stitch. I could honestly knit with it every day!
When I was designing this hat I really wanted to create a pattern that would be the perfect project for beginners of stranded knitting. Using more than one colour to create patterns and images in your knitting is so satisfying when you master it, but getting there can be a frustrating and disappointing endeavour. So to accompany the pattern I decided to add a section to share some insight into how I approach stranded knitting. I am by no means an expert, and the way I work may not be ideal for you, but I thought it would at least help beginners get started. I share tips on choosing the best yarn to start with, information on getting enough colour contrast so the pattern stands out, holding your yarn, getting your tension right and how to swatch in the round. I've included lots of images to go with the information and in particular I wanted to show how the wrong side of my work looks when I work as I think this can really help beginners understand that tricksy temptress Tension. I remember my first attempt at colourwork being full of gaps between the changes!
If you decide to give Mizzlin a go I would love to see your projects. As always you can tag my on Instagram using @flossiknits and the hashtags #flossiknits and #mizzlinhat and if you need any help at all please do not hesitate to email me at email@example.com!
Have a lovely day and happy knitting!
So excited that my second pattern, the Dotty Mitts, are now available here on Ravelry and in the Flossi shop! The Dotty Mittens are a fun, quick knit that features traditional cables and bobbles on a moss stitch background, with bright pops of pink that keep them modern and fun! They are knit in the round and feature a peasant/afterthought thumb.
The yarn is the gorgeous Pluck Knitter Primo Worsted! Everyone should feel this yarn at their fingertips at some point, it's amazing!!! My Dotty's are definitely going to be a winter favourite from now on!
Welcome to the brand new Flossi site! For my first blog post in my new home I'm so excited to announce that my first ever patter has now been released! Coddle is a big bear hug of a cowl and is knit in Quince & Co’s Lark. I’s the perfect accessory to snuggle into for Autumn/Winter.
Coddle’s interesting construction keeps this project just challenging enough not to get boring while its easy to memorise flowing twisted cables make for an enjoyable and relaxed knit. It begins with the centre cable that is knit flat in one long strip then grafted together to make a cabled loop. Stitches are then picked up on either side of the centre cable and knitted outwards in the round to create ribbons of stitches flowing away from the centre. Coddle features both written and charted instructions.
You can buy Coddle in the brand new Flossi shop or on here on Ravelry. If you have any questions at all about Coddle please don't hesitate to get in touch via my brand new contact page! Can you tell I'm excited about the new site?
My Fine and Dandy’s are done and just in the nick of time! I was starting to get a bit worried last week and I’d not had as much time as I would have liked to work on them, but I managed to get them on the blockers by Friday! I’m so happy with them and it’s fun to look back at their progress from naked skein to sock! I was working on these all the way through April, from dyeing to knitting, and it’s lovely to see the month out with a lovely new pair of socks on my feet!
Even though we’re only 3 days into May I already have a new project on the needles so I’ll be sharing pics of that soon! It’s a blanket and I posted a pic of the beginnings of it on instagram already. This one’s a little time sensitive as it’s for my pending nephew and I’d love to have it pretty much done by the time he arrives. I’m also itching to cast on a new pair of socks with my avocado yarn but I’m going to try and hold off a little as I’ve still got my Waterlily patiently waiting. The problem is I want to knit all the things and just don’t have the time!
Happy Tuesday! xxxx
Even though I’m loving the colour of my Fine and Dandy yarn I was still left wanting to get that lovely dusky pink I’d been seeing other people get with their avocado pits. Once I’d taken my yarn out of the jar I decided to leave the pits in there with the remaining dye and I thought I’d leave it in a sunny spot and see what happened. At this point the dye was still a pale, murky pink/orange. After another full day in the sun still no change, but then I got some great advice from an instagram chum who told me to try adding washing soda!
Side note about washing soda! It’s a house hold product that’s super easy to find in america, but I was unsure here in the UK. We have soda crystals which sound the same but after some digging are possibly different. I’m still not 100% sure! Anyway, it turns out it is very similar to baking soda and you can make your own washing soda by baking baking soda in the over for an hour to create washing soda! Phew! It was pretty easy, but next time I’m going to try just regular baking soda and see if it’s the same.
So what does it do for your avocado dye? It shifts the ph up making it more alkaline which apparently avocado pits love! I wish I had taken a before and after pic, because the change was instantaneous! Within 10 seconds the liquid had turned a deep rosy red colour and over the next few days it got deeper and deeper! After about a week I figured it was good to go! I strained it through some fabric to get rid of some residue that had built up then added my wool and stuck it back into the window for another week in the sun! And hey presto, it worked! Pretty chuffed with how it turned out!
So what have I learned from my two avocado experiments?! You definitely need patience. My mistake with the first batch was trying to get a dusky pink over a weekend. The longer it sits in it’s warm jar the better the result, and I can understand that, I love a long bath myself! Also adjusting the ph does wonders for extracting the colour. I’ve since ordered some litmus paper so I’ll be paying closer attention to this in all my dyeing experiments from now on!
There’s still a lot of colour left in the dye so I think I’m going to try dyeing some fabric in it! I hope the start of everyone else’s week has been as satisfying! Have a great Monday! x
My avocado/turmeric yarn is done! I’m really pleased with it! Obviously not the dusky pink I was originally going for but I do love a pair of yellow socks! Actually I’ve managed to get a lovely variegation. As soon as the very pale pink yarn hit the turmeric in the jar it just sucked it up straight away, but I also layered the avocado pits in through the yarn so I’m still getting pockets of the pale pink. It’s very spring like!
Once everything was dry I immediately cast on my Fine and Dandy’s. I love learning new techniques and as these are my first pair of toe up socks I tackled Judy’s magic cast on which was super fun and has made the neatest toe!
Also I have to mention about the yarn. As I’ve said before I’m using John Arbon alpaca/merino/nylon and it is gorgeous! I’m in love with it. It’s so soft but feels hard wearing at the same time. It’s a little thicker than other sock yarns I’ve used so it’s knitting up slightly denser and cosier, which I’m really happy about! This yarn also comes in DK and aran weight so I’m already plotting what else I can make with it!
Anyway, much more sock knitting to come, plus another dyeing experiment! Happy Tuesday all! xxxx
I woke up this morning convinced it was Saturday, what’s that about!? It was a bit of a shock when I realised it wasn’t. Anyway, before the weekend I posted that one of my plans was to dye a skein of my John Arbon wool for the Fine and Dandy KAL, so I thought I’d do a little update with how it was going.
I processed the pits over a few days by cutting them up and adding them to my dye pot with tap water. By processing I mean I started by heating them to just about simmering for a hour, then let them cool and repeated this sporadically over the next two days. What I got was a pale dusky pink dye that was very pretty. I was a bit worried though, as last time I used avocado pits I got an almost black/red dye. This was after doing the heating/cooling thing for about two weeks though and I don’t have that sort of time as the KAL finishes at the end of the month. So I decided yesterday to go ahead with my original plan of simmering the wool in the strained dye for an hour as normal and I’d see what colour I was getting. Then pop it in a jar to hopefully deepen a little more.
So, as predicted, the wool went a lovely pale coraly/pink in the pot. It was pale though, and my socks are having a contrasting heel/toe so I wanted to make sure I got a bit more depth. I let the wool cool in the pot and sorted through my strained avocado pits, taking the main chunks out and getting rid of any bits that would get stuck in the fibres. Then I made a bit of a crazy decision. To make sure I got a bit more colour to my wool I dissolved about half a tablespoon of turmeric in some water and added it to the bottom of my jar. I added the dye from my pot and swirled it altogether, then added my wool, throwing the pits in there at the same time. I then panicked a bit! Turmeric gives an extremely vibrant colour which is why I only put a small amount in. I didn’t want to completely hide the lovely pink from the avocados, just nudge it towards more of a peachy colour and give the wool a bit more saturation. Well that was the erratic plan I suddenly decided on! I guess we’ll see! That’s all part of the fun of natural dyeing, it’s always a bit of a surprise at the end. I keep moving it around either outside or on a sunny window sill to get as much out of the solar dyeing before rinsing tomorrow!
I’ll keep you posted with the results, happy Tuesday all! x
Not really sure what happened to March, but that always seems to happen these days. I’m sure I’ll be sat here in May saying the same about April! So really it should officially be spring, but in true English style it’s pouring down. Ah well, there is that song about April showers so I shouldn’t be too surprised. I decided though that despite the weather I would turn my brain into Spring mode. I have two knitting project plans to share with you today!
Number one, my Waterlily in the above pic! For some reason around November time I suddenly got the urge to cast on this lovely knitted top from one of the Spring editions of PomPom. If you haven’t seen it before look here! Not exactly practical winter wear.
When I first saw it I thought it was lovely but not really my style so I didn’t join in when everyone else seemed to be making it. But then in the depths of last winter I was looking through other peoples projects on ravelry and decided I had to have one! So I bought wool and cast on and got all the way to the latvian braid and then got totally distracted making Christmas presents, so it has been hibernating ever since! So out it comes! This is most likely what I will be working on over the weekend along side my other little early April project…
Number two, dyeing wool! I’m starting a batch of avocado dye for some socks I am making. I’ve dyed with avocados before and was really happy with the results, which you can see here. I never actually got to knit with it though as it was part of a yarn swap for fibre share, so I thought it would be fun to give it a go and make some dusky pink socks!
This time to try and get a deeper colour I’ve decided to follow what I did last time with heating it on the stove, but then pouring the yarn and dye into a glass jar and leaving it outside for a few days to solar dye, so I’ll be tracking my progress on here!
Oh, and the socks! The socks are called Fine and Dandy by The Sweater Company and the pattern is here! The cost is just $1 AUS and all the proceeds go to UNICEF! There’s a KAL going on until the end of April so fingers crossed my wool is dyed and knitted up by then!
So those are my weekend plans! I hope you all have fun projects to do and fingers crossed we might see a little sun! I’ll sign off with a lovely image of The Sweater Co’s Fine and Dandy socks!
You might have noticed I’m having a bit of a spring clean here on the Flossi blog. There’s still quite a bit of tweaking going on don’t be surprised if it’s changed some more when you next visit! I’m pretty pleased with it so far though, especially with my new header!
Swatching! Since starting my blog one of the things I wanted to get more diligent about is swatching. For years I never swatched, too eager to cast on and start making the next pair of mittens or scarf or whatever it was. Most of the time it worked out ok, but then there were some giant floppy socks and strangely fitting hats. Once I started knitting garments I realised it was a step I couldn’t miss. There’s nothing worse than spending all that time and energy and money on knitting a jumper to end up with something that doesn’t fit or sit right.
Luckily, I soon found out I really like swatching! This is good as once I started designing my own knits it really is the first stage, you get all your info from your chosen swatch and it’s lovely to see your ideas in front of you with a finished piece of fabric. The above photo is a swatch I finished earlier in the week for a yoked jumper I’m planning. I’m so happy with how it’s looking and my colour combo! The yarn is Mabel & Ivy Supersoft from Tangled Yarns. It’s their in house yarn and it’s so lovely! Hopefully I’ll have my jumper on the needles soon and more to show you!
I made socks! I started these socks around this time last year with the first skein of wool I ever dyed using turmeric. I made the first cast on the second and then it sat hibernating in a project bag until about two weeks ago when I finally picked it up again. I don’t know why, I don’t think it was second sock syndrome. I love the pattern by Coop Knits from Socks Vol.2, it was a fun and interesting knit so I don’t know what my problem was. I did get suddenly obsessed with knitting jumpers around that time so I’m going to put it down to being distracted!
Anyway, they are done now and I love them! Especially when I got them on these awesome sock blockers I ordered from Loop. They looked so lovely hanging to dry in my work room. I am definitely in a sock knitting mood so expect to see more pairs popping up!