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Some stories about yarn I bought...

I'm not going to list everything I bought at EYF, beacuse that would be boring, but I am going to tell some stories - and then do a stash count, because I am apparently obsessed with statistics.

I bought yarn for some big projects, all of which, I'm pleased to say were on my shopping list. I knew I wanted yarn for a Boxy pullover. Something speckled, but not loud. On the afternoon of the first day I mentioned this to Kate, who pulled me into the marketplace, looked around pointed to the Wool Kitchen (who I had been following on Instagram for a while) and said - "There it is" and indeed, there it was, the perfect yarn:


I also knew I wanted to buy yarn for Kate Davies'  Strathendrick jumper. Same shape, but colourwork. The show was crowded, and choosing colours is hard and I had basically given up by the afternoon. And then this lady walked past:
I bailed her up, complimented her and then asked what yarn she used. "Its my yarn, I'm selling it at Ysolda's …
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What I knit while in Scotland

While I was away I planned to knit Andrea Mowry's What The Fade shawl. And I did. Short story!

The full story:

This was a great travel project. I did cast on and learn to brioche on a car trip, which left me feeling a bit ill, but after that it was all smooth sailing. It was simple enough to knit in all circumstances, and the ever changing colours kept the interest up.

I had the fun of buying the last two colours at Edinburgh Yarn Fest, and got a couple of speckled yarns from Mothy and the Squid!  They were the first things I bought at the festival, and they were exactatly what I was looking for:

This shawl was originally a mystery knit a long and I cannot imagine doing it that way. The final rows are endless, which was fine for me - I did the 500+ stitch iCord cast off on a two hour bus trip. The shawl took me exactly four weeks, and on holidays I knit a lot!

I'm wearing it now, and it's lovely and bright and warm and fun.

Each ball has between 59 and 23 grams left over:

Any ide…

A quick wrap up of our Scottish adventures

I really did plan to blog while I was away, but then I remembered how much I hate typing on my phone, so, here's the wrap up our month in Scotland, which divided itself neatly into 4 weeks:

Week 1: Edinburgh Yarn Festival 

I recommend reading Kate's wrap up, because she sums it up perfectly. Also, I failed to get a photo of the three of us in our stasis jumpers, so I've used hers:


It was amazing, sharing an Air B and B with other knitters, getting to spend time with Kate, and getting to meet Grace and Kat in person.

The festival itself was so much fun. I did most of my shopping on the Thursday, which was the quietest day. On the Friday I had an advanced Kitchener class with Woolly Wormhead, and a talk by the always inspiring Kate Davies, and Saturday I did a class about knitting and place with Karie Westermann, which changed the way I look at knitting design.

One of the real highlight was walking around, or sitting in the marquee, seeing everyone in their amazing designs, and b…

Holiday readiness

I've been getting ready to fly out tomorrow night. Because I finished my last project on Wednesday, I've been doing homework for my EYF classes and knitting on my sockyarn blanket. i'm looking forward to casting on a massive big shawl. 

I have wound my yarn and packed my needles (and my spare needles, Knit-Pro have a habit of falling apart on me)
Of course, before I buy a ton of new yarn (I'm predicting 5 kilometers, but it could be quite different in either direction) I did a stashcount. My new number is 11,315 meters, the lowest it's been since I started counting.


And that's  my stash box, ready to receive the yarn I buy at EYF. 
I am going to try to blog while I'm away - I've got a new app, so hopefully it will  be easier than last time.

Millorchy tweed - my review

I received one of each colour of Kate Davies' new 4 ply yarn as part of my subscription to the West Highland Way club. They are such sweet wee balls! After I had finished up all the knitting I wanted to do before EYF I had 6 knitting days before I'm traveling, and I didn't want to leave a half finished project. I thought about knitting a pair of socks for Leon, which I could probably do, but at quite a risk of stressing my hands out. Then I decided to knit one square of the Shieling blanket.

Which I did. I'm glad i did, because I was thinking of buying a lot of this yarn for the oversized, colourwork Strathendrick jumper. I was also considering...just considering making this blanket just for the fun of it.

I knit the square, and decided "no" on all counts. The yarn is a singles, and once drifted apart in my hands while I was knitting - the whole piece is only 23 grams.

grams, so i hope that's not an average. I didn't like the slightly thick and thin nat…

Yarnalong - the one where Scotland begins

As I may have mentioned once or twice, I'm going to Edinburgh Yarn Festival, and the walking the West Highland Way. As I like to theme everything, I have a Scottish reading list (which can be found here.)  I just started reading A Big Boy Did it and Ran Awayby Christopher Brookmyre. Leon read it first, and did warn me that it contains aeroplane terrorism, which is helping with my generally relaxed attitude about flying... It's a good rollicking read though. 


I'm knitting a blanket square from Kate Davies' latest club, which is walking us down the West Highland Way - a serendipitous coincidence. I probably won't knit the blanket, I'm doing this as a swatch, and as a way to test her new yarn Millorachy Tweed. The pattern is based on the markers on the West Highland Way, so I'm feeling very themed and in the mindset for this holiday. 

I'm linking up with Ginny's monthly Yarnalong, which can be found here

A holiday before my holiday

My friend Josh came to town for his annual "I've been released from Antarctica and am visiting people" visit, and I thought it would be fun to take him somewhere new, so we spent the weekend in Dayelsford. It was lovely. We did some trail running, and we walked to five of the mineral springs the area is famous for.

 And of course I did some knitting. 
In fact, quite a lot of knitting. Between passangering in the car (we "let" Josh drive, we're nice like that) and hanging out at our rental cottage, going to restaurants and bars, I finished the socks for my father.
I think he'll love them, with their bright colours and random non-matchiness. I enjoyed knitting them, mindless knitting was perfect for this weekend.