Finished project – the not-sure-yet cowl; glorious Edinburgh; special blog guest!

So I finished it in time! Didn’t have time to block it pre-EYF as I sewed in the last end the morning that I was travelling up, but it was perfectly serviceable for what proved to be a very very cold weekend (thank you, mini-beast from the East).

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It worked exactly as I’d hoped – very light, drapy and warm. And reversible cables make the best edging!

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I love it. However, I am going to make quite a lot of changes to the version that I put into the pattern. I want the cables to be more centre-stage rather than creating that quite low-key polite edging, so I’m going to ramp them up a bit more and shrink down the centre garter panel. I also went all round the houses trying to work out the best way to seam this version – in the end I decided to make a feature of it.

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Which looks quite cool, but is an almighty faff. The next version’s going to be much simpler in that respect – I’ll lose the twist (so it won’t be an infinity cowl) and make it practically seamless.

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Pattern: My own
Yarn/needles: Alpaca Delight by John Arbon Textiles in ‘Natural grey’ and ‘Turquoise’ on 3.5mm needles
More details: Ravelry project page

Oh yes, and I wore it to Edinburgh, of course! As per last year the festival was a delight. Also as per last year I failed to take much in the way of photos, but here are a few, including a special blog guest so keep reading!

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Knitwear is absolutely for the win when it’s minus degrees outside the bus – how many earlier projects can you spot in this photo?

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Hanging out with Travelknitter and a sample sock (at that point, first-thing on the Saturday, she only had four skeins of the Hogmanay left – hoping that she sold out!).

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John from Easyknits with a sample shawl knitted by my friend Fiona on display above his left shoulder.

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Look who it is! The beautiful and funny Katherine from Fiber and Sustenance, who I’ve been socking-a-long with for more than a year. It was SO nice to meet her in person after reading her blog for so long – we had a lovely long lunch together and nattered away like we’d known each other forever. Knitting friends are the best.

And here’s what I came away with (you might notice an inadvertent colour theme).

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Starting with the yellow book and going clockwise, we have:

A festival planner from EYF – love this idea! Space to plan all the people to see, yarns to look at and patterns to buy for at various upcoming yarn festivals.

Knitting Outside the Box by Bristol Ivy. I took this to my knit night last night and there was much oohing and aching – it is a beautiful book, and full of original and intriguing patterns. I particularly like Arbus and Jemison.

Two skeins of Socks Yeah! from Coopknits in Ruby. I’ve not bought any sock yarn since last July and I find it almost impossible to be near Rachel Coopey’s stall without buying at least a pair of socks’ worth.

A Tough Love Sock party of five gradient set from Sweet Georgia Yarns in ‘Voyage’. I love this grey/blue gradient, and this set is particularly exciting because it is going to become the first. ever. knitted. item. that I make for my husband! (A new ombre textured cowl.) More on that before too long.

Two skeins of Whitbarrow Alpaca Fingering Yarn (with merino and silk) from Town End Alpaca in Campion and Lilac – destined to be the next version of this cowl! This stuff is decadently soft, truly.

One skein of BFL Supersock in London Skies from Travelknitter – this is going to be paired with the Laneway City leftovers from one of the sample pairs, to become a pair of me-designed fair-isle socks. I’ve been fiddling with the pattern for a while and am pretty close to casting on – it’s been keeping me awake at nights daydreaming about it so I need to give in soon.

However I can’t cast on quite yet because I want to get these socks finished (and possibly a pattern written up) first:

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These are my Edinburgh socks – knitted using Travelknitter’s special EYF2018 Hogmanay yarn (paired with Electric Junkyard), cast on on the train up north, knitted all around Edinburgh and Glasgow, and the first sock very nearly finished on the train home again (I would have managed it too but, erm, apparently falling asleep on the train won out). I wanted to do helical stripes to encourage those gorgeous little splotches of colour – aren’t they ace? Top-down, garter-edged heel flap and a short-row toe. Just need to keep the momentum going on the second one and I’ll see about getting a pattern out soon.

So many things to make and design but the day job is calling this week. Even with more hours in the day than I used to have, apparently there are never actually enough!

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11 Comments Add yours

  1. Ruth says:

    Looking good!

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  2. Wow! Wow! Wow! I love your cowl and your sock…you are becoming really good at this designing thing 🙂 Once again, I’m super excited you got to meet Katherine. It looks like ya’ll had a blast at this festival and came away with some yummy items. I can’t wait to read more about these socks and see what changes you make to your “not yet named” cowl!

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    1. Thanks Paula! Hopefully some updates forthcoming on the cowl soon 🙂 I will probably be looking for Test knitters again… 😀

      The festival was great and meeting Katherine was definitely a highlight!

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      1. You know I’m down for that! One of my real life knitting buddies knit your cable hat recently and it turned out so awesome! She made it in a similar color as mine and has been getting a lot of compliments on it 🙂

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      2. Is that the new one on Ravelry? I saw it and loved it – it looks fab!

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  3. Yes! Her name is angelbearcub on Ravelry. I have another hat that I recently finished where I used one of those types of pom poms (fake fur) and she loved it so much she wanted to add one to her hat 🙂 It’s off to New York with her this week and is coming in very handy.

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  4. Ahhh! First, I lvoe your cowl (and it was just as gorgeous in person) and the sock looks super cute! And it was sooo lovely meeting you ( I did a little squee when I saw our meeting made it into the post)! That long lunch was definitely one of the highlights of the festival for me! Looking forward to catching up again soon.

    I’ve been having some serious EYF withdrawal this week … hoping to find a moment to write a little post about the festival too today! xx

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    1. Ahh, thank you lovely!

      Feel you on the EYF withdrawal, but hopefully all the delicious yarn you came away with is helping to dull the pain. (Plus, you know, you could always plan a London trip!)

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  5. Stefanie says:

    That looks super smooshy. What a great knit.

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