Ta Dah! Summer Stripes

Something strange has happened over the past few months: my sock knitting has taken an unexpected back seat. By this time last year, I'd made eight pairs. And this year? Until a couple of weeks ago, when my mojo came back with a frustrated vengeance, I was stuck on three. The two pairs below, as you have probably come to expect from me by now, are as stripy and as colourful as they come....

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Knit Happens #2

~ Sometimes in life 'Shit Happens' whether we like it or not. For me, crafting - particularly knitting and crochet - helps to keep me grounded and serves as a distraction from whatever is going on in other areas of my life and the world in general. Crafting is stimulating yet soothing act, and I love how the core simplicity of a project juxtaposes with endless possibilities in creating ~

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Top (Left to Right): Pixel Rise socks | Mum's Birthday Socks

Bottom (Left to Right): Building Blocks Shawl | Brioche Cowl

Happy Friday everyone! 

Goodness, this week has just flown by! It feels like I've barely had a moment to myself as work has been utterly manic. When I have found time to sit down and relax over the last few days, I mostly spent it trying to figure out Brioche knitting and ended up starting a Brioche Cowl as part of that (see above). It took me faaaaaaar longer than I thought it would. I've heard it said many times that it is harder than it looks at first and, boy, did that turn out to be true. I've cracked it now - as you can see in one of the pictures above - and it's much easier now I've got going but still requires a fair old bit of concentration.  I have Nancy Marchant's Knitting Brioche book to thank for helping me to eventually figure it out. I really recommend it for anyone thinking of trying brioche - trust me when I say it's better than anything you'll find online and worth the investment for the frustration it will save you! 

Whilst I was figuring out brioche, it would periodically annoy me to the point I'd put it down for a few hours and work on other more straightforward things. In the above picture, from top left: there's some Pixel Rise socks I started last week, my Mum's Birthday Socks that I should  have finished before her birthday back in February (huge fail there, but she's used to my second sock syndrome kicking in and late socks...), and the Building Blocks Shawl which was responsible for inspiring me go to off on a tangent and teach myself brioche in the first place. I'm hoping to focus on the shawl over the weekend and finish Part 2 of the pattern.

What have you been working on this week?

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Knit Happens #1

In light of my last post, I thought it would be a good idea to create a weekly project share opportunity. The aim is to bring a little bit of cheer, inspiration and something to look forward to each week when the world around us may not be as easy to deal with as we'd like. So, from this point on, each Friday I will be hosting a link up for crafters to share their current or recently finished projects with others. All you need to do, is add a link to the post through the widget below. 

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~ Sometimes in life 'Shit Happens' whether we like it or not. For me, crafting - particularly knitting and crochet - helps to keep me grounded and serves as a distraction from whatever is going on in other areas of my life and the world in general. Crafting is stimulating yet soothing act, and I love how the core simplicity of a project juxtaposes with endless possibilities in creating ~

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I've just started my first Westknits project, a Building Blocks shawl, using four wonderfully vibrant skeins of yarn I treated myself to from Easyknits. I'm really enjoying the variety of techniques and the unique construction. If you're interested in the yarn shades etc, my Ravelry project page is here :-)

This new project has also given me the chance to use my new yarn bowl for the first time, but - as you can see from the picture - this hasn't really helped in curing my 4 month old kitten's fascination with moving yarn. Don't even get me started on how difficult it was to wind those four yarn cakes with Oscar around! 

What have you been making this week?

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Yarn Along: Frostbite Socks

~ Each week, Knitters and Crocheters around the world join Ginny to share their love of crafting and reading by posting a picture of the project they are currently working on, along with their current read. My contribution is below. ~

Frostbite Socks

Reading: Nicholas and Alexandra by Robert Massie

I'm sure I've mentioned before that I am a Historian by training and that history books dominate my reading a lot of the time. My 'period' at University was the First World War, and Robert Massie's  - about Russia's last Tsar Nicholas II and his wife - touches right upon this. I've mainly been reading this in bed at night and I'm right about halfway through at the moment. As I've read a lot around this period, it's providing quite repetitive for me and isn't quite what I expected. I'd recommend it for an outsider without knowledge of Imperial Russia though! 

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