Around December

Around December

around my neck : Capillifolium : Alice Starmore design

around my neck : Capillifolium : Alice Starmore design

It has been a few months from my last blog. I haven’t forgotten about it but a lot has been happening or not a lot has been happening, whichever way I think about it. I just wanted to say ‘hello’ today and add a short post before December races along and we find ourselves in 2019.

I will have more thoughts about my knitting to start the new year. I have had time to think while resting and discover more about my way of planning and how I cope with different projects. I know for sure my one main and one small project are the foundations of my knitting. I have discovered more about this and how, in my case I just cannot cope with a lot on my needles.

My current projects are both designed by Alice Starmore with kits bought from Virtual Yarns. The wool, the colours, the designs have brought me many hours and months of solace when my mind wasn’t the calmest zone to be in.

Damselfly the beautiful cardigan from Alice and Jade’s book Glamourie, is progressing slowly. I have had to set this aside for days at a time as my mind was too ‘foggy’ to concentrate on the reflected designs from the charts. I am enjoying it but I find I am best to knit something small when I don’t have the focus I need for this design. Slow fashion, slow knitting.

I have only knit a few special gifts this year, These have challenged me as it is dating to knit for knitters. Knowing your knitting will be scrutinised to the last stitch really hit me this year. I possibly lost a bit of confidence to knit more gifts but this is something I will try to overcome. I cannot share any photos, just in case although I really don’t know who will read this blog.

If you are puzzled by the name Capillifolium (typing it is fun….with keyboard shortcuts) Alice based this design on one of the radiant sphagnum mosses that grows profusely on famous Lewis Blanket Bog in the Hebrides the home of Virtual Yarns

I can share some photos dad took today of my Capillifolium neck warmer being worn. I love it and it is so easy to wear. Nothing to flop round and so sleek under a jacket. I have started the hat with its little ear flaps!

Speaking of Christmas, you may wonder what happens in our home. Well nothing really, just dad and myself to enjoy some quiet time together and no doubt I will be knitting and who knows if dad will be making yarn cakes! Actually I have given him time off in advance unless I finish the accessory kit I am knitting right now as I have another one waiting with skeins yet to be wound. I love these kits and each of them has brought me through a school of learning. I am a solitary knitter (more so this year) but learning is something I really enjoy. I have found skills learned with the smaller items are easier to translate when I find a similar method in one of the garments. Damselfly has videos on Virtual yarns to help my confidence when adding steek stitches during the knitting process, something I had never done before. I had previously only added these stitches at the outset.

Capillifolium neck warmer & hat set

Friends have been supporting me and I am endeavouring to keep up with messages. Times online with too much screen work have been limited as I have had some boom bang headaches. I will have to end my blog now as I have gone over my screen time but I achieved something today. Keeping in touch with friends like you. I will have more to share with all sorts of creativity and a new creative notebook when Kate Davies Designs new club starts in the new year. Yes, I am excited and the journal is a dream come true for me. I love projects on and offline! knitting season

Thinking about all the beautiful colours found in Hebridean wool brings the words of Pierre Bonnard to my mind

Colour does not add a pleasant quality to design - it reinforces it

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