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Good beer week sneaker liners

After I finished Boxythere were still two days of Good Beer Week left. I was home sick on Friday - nothing to do with the week, there is a horrible cold going around, so I cast on a pair of sneaker liners, using left over Mothy and The Squid yarn.
I just love these colours, and there is plenty more yarn left over from my What the Fade shawl.I did a basic sock, with a Fish Lips Kiss heel. All very simple. I cast on on Friday, and between the sick day and Saturday's beer festival I had them finished by Saturday night. I was tempted to immediately cast on a pair with the colours reversed, but I resisted that thought, at least for the moment.

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Good beer week and Boxy complete

It's Sunday, and that means good beer week is over. We had a great time, culminating as we usually do with the GABS Saturday afternoon session. I did get a lot of knitting done during the week, and finished my Boxy on Thursday - which just gave me enough time to block it and wear it to GABS. And what better place to take photos than the stunning Royal Exhibition Building. 

I made the sleeves full length which, looking at these photos, may have been rather pointless, because in most, although not all, these photos I've pushed the sleeves up. Other than that I knit it exactly as the pattern suggested. 


The shape is very different from anything I've worn before, but I love it. It's really comfortable, and wearable, and - I think - flattering.

Considering how much yarn it used - 330 grams of sock yarn, I was very surprised to  finish it in 15 days. They were good days, full of friends and beer and such pleasant knitting.


Rapid progress

It's been a good week so far! Our good beer week started with an event where we couldn't find chairs when we walked in. that was fine, I found a ledge I could put my drink on so that my hands were free for knitting. As I was setting up, and Leon was at the bar, a girl said to me "do you want these two stools, we don't needs them". "Well" I replied "They'll be too high for our ledge here". "Or just come and sit with us" she said, and we did, leading to a really fun evening of talking and drinking and knitting. Beer people (much like knitting people) are good people.

Progress on my Boxy has been quite ridiculously fast. I'm joining the shoulders tonight - so excited, after that it's the collar and I'll be able to try it on and get an idea about how it will actually look.It's big on Skip a man who is somewhat larger than I am, so it's all a bit interesting right now. I'm since the sleeves start at the elbow, I…

Good beer week 2018

Good Beer Week is always a ton of fun around here. We call it "Leon's Christmas" although it's 10 days, not the traditional 12. Seeing friends, drinking craft beers, dinners out, lots of time in pubs, loads of time for knitting. I always make sure I have something simple to knit - there is lots of knitting time, but no guarantee of good lighting, or a seat, or complete sobriety. In the past I've knit socks, shawls, anything simple really. This year I decided it was the perfect opportunity to finally knit Boxy.

It uses 1300 meters of sock yarn, so, when I finished Leon's winter set with a week to go before Good Beer Week I figured I may as well start. after all, this has to be at least a month of knitting, right?


Well, despite the rather large stitch count, this knits up really fast.I'm more than halfway through the body at the beginning of Good Beer Week. It's possible (not likely, but possible) that I will be able to finish this, and wear it to GABS ne…

Strathendrik swatch

I told you about getting the yarn for Kate Davies Strathendrik. It's currently 6th in my queue, a queue that includes Boxy, and a colourwork vest:



So I don't really need to worry about it just yet. But I was. Normally when I'm choosing colourwork colours I take a while. I might discuss it with friends, play around, consider for quite some time.

Not this time. With the help of Tiina from Tukuwool it was done and dusted in 5 minutes flat.

And then I worried about it. Kate Davies' version is on a light background, with contrasting sleeves and trim, and that's how everyone on Ravelry has knitted it too.



I decided to do mine with a dark background, and use the same colour for the sleeves. And I worried about it.
So I wound my wool and did a one repeat swatch, just to see what the colours look like: 
And I like them. The only one I'm not one hundred percent about is the yellow, but I also think it gives a nice pop of colour, so I will probably leave it. Now I'm putting…

An ongoing duty of care?

My mother showed up for dinner last Friday with two jumpers, one being Bright Enough? which I knit for her in 2014, and the other being this:

A colourwork jumper knit flat for my father by my mother in the early '80s. 

Look at the finishing on that collar. Inspirational. 
My mother allegedly wanted to see if we could match the yarn with anything from my stash. For my fathers jumper, nothing even close. For the hole in her cuff:

I still have some of the original yarn. When I told her I'd hang on to the cardigan and reknit the cuff, she seemed surprised. Like we were going to darn it, when I can rip it back and back it as good as new!

Or, unfortunately, better than new, because the cuff that's been worn for four years is darker. Getting the cuff ripped back took about 45 minutes, it's a bit felted and dense. Still, it was worth doing properly, now I can send my mother out into the world, knowing she's looking her best, and representing my knitting well!

Leon's winter set 2018 complete

This year's winter set is complete! I took the stitch pattern from Kate Davies' Highland Rogue pattern, and used it on the traditional hat, mitts and scarf set. This year this year I also added socks to the mix.

As always, knitting Kate Davies' patterns was a delight. I made the scarf half as wide, and did not join it as a cowl, because Leon prefers that, and it just looks magnificent. 




I love a double sided stitch pattern! 


So there it is, ready just as the weather here is started to get a little chilly - Leon's winter set 2018. May it keep him warm in the body and warm in the heart all season long.