That's all I seem able to do at the moment. Simple knitting, and plenty of it!
I finished off Chapeau! with some lovely pompoms, and I've been meaning to get some pictures of me wearing it. Life has been hectic though, and I decided you'd rather see something than nothing at all! The pattern was lovely to follow (as I knew it would be coming from Belinda!), and the Donegal Aran was a treat to knit with as well. I've made the 3 colour version and there aren't too many leftovers, having made the pompoms - I'm actually wondering whether to make a third pompom with the leftover beige - what do you think?
Having cast the hat off sometime last week, I set to the next thing I fancied... I am liberated to knit whatever the heck I like. The less sensible the better at the moment! Well, that isn't entirely true. I do need my knitting projects to be simple enough that I don't have to engage much brain power. My brain is rather full just now, and simple is how everything has to be.
So I went to the next thing I was thinking about - Thorn by Bristol Ivy. Bristol is part of the staff at the wonderful Brooklyn Tweed, and this shawl entirely fulfills my need to simple, satisfying, knitting. I'm going to ask her how she came up with the design as it is really speaking to me, and yet I wonder how you conceive of something like this...
I'm using Fyberspates Scrumptious 4ply in Jen's Green (obviously!), and so far it's looking ace. I've been eyeballing the design for a while, and it was Ann's version over on Mason-Dixon knitting that really sent me over the edge. The increases are slow and steady, but the pattern is emerging bit by bit and it's just the thing I need at the moment.
Many thanks for the continued support for Jim's Ready, Steady, Go! eBook for Refuge. The Fyberspates MCN Sport in Ready Red for Refuge is selling well, so snap a skein up quickly if you would like one. £10.80 from each skein goes to help the work of Refuge - what more of an excuse do you need to treat yourself?