So far so September

The summer is just lingering about here with warmish days as autumn pushes its way in with cool mornings, spiders’ webs all over the garden and increasingly early sunsets.

Tanilba Bay shawl in many guises

The main news since the end of August has been the launch and campaign for Tanilba Bay.  It was undoubtedly helped by having so many stunning test knits for me to include in the publicity. It has been well received and patterns have been purchased so I am more than happy with how it’s going.   I have a lovely quick spiral scarf being edited that will be up for testing shortly.  Widening Gyre is an easy and quick knit that whizzes along and looks great.  I’ve done it in 4 ply/fingering but it would look just as good in aran or DK.

I am re-writing the charts for Counterchange so am hopeful that the pattern will get the approval from tech editor soon. I had anticipated that it would be ready for testing by now but  am hopeful that it will be on Yarnpond before the next email. 

Work in Progress

Here at home I have finished a baby blanket.  This is a present for a friend so I can’t really put anything on social media till I’ve given it to her, but here is a sneak preview now that it’s blocked and looking presentable.

Log Cabin style mosaic

I am very pleased with it.  It has a ‘faux’ log cabin style. I did start out actually knitting separate blocks like a true log cabin pattern, but the grafting of the blocks along with the mosaic pattern meant that it was getting just too bulky and difficult to manage.  I had been getting increasingly unhappy with how it was working out but of course carried on for a full week before acknowledging that it wasn’t what I wanted.  In this version, the ‘blocks’ are created using the different colour combinations. The whole thing is done using mosaic techniques and I love the vertical stripes, though they do test your ability to keep the tension on the loose side.  The recipient is Italian and her partner is American so the idea was an amalgam of the two heritages, Italian colours (lemon and olive) and American heritage construction – log cabin quilt.  I just hope she likes it!

On the website I started a monthly favourites post highlighting a emails, instagram accounts or podcasts that I like. This month they included 1000 year old windmills, a flock of angora goats and two middle aged women who make me laugh. I think I’m going to enjoy doing this each month. Any suggestions are very welcome.  I’ll be in Spain, looking at birds at the end of September and will write the end of month review there. I am working on a selection of hats to be published so I’m going to focus on getting them written and ready for publication.  I hope you’ll join me then.  

Happy September

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