Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Yarn Along.....What's on my needles this week.

Hi there, how are you all, today? I want to share with you, my new discovery. SELF STRIPING YARN!!!!!!!!! I see it so often on Instagram and Podcasts but it's always US yarn suppliers, which I would of bought some eventually but while I'm cutting back on buying yarn, I can't justify the shipping. Sometimes it costs as much for shipping as the yarn.

Anyway, I was happy just looking at everyone else's pretty yarn, then a couple of weeks ago, I googled "self striping yarn in the UK". A website popped up called Twisted Limone, it's an Etsy shop where she sells her hand-dyed, hand -wound yarns. She updates her shop every Saturday afternoon but you have to be quick as it sells out really quick.

I'm doing a plain Vanilla sock, using my normal 64 stitches to fit my foot and I'm going to do my first ever Afterthought heel, which was one of my knitting goals this year. The colour I'm using is Find the River and as you can see go from vibrant green and blue to a softer green and blue then the dark chocolate brown. I love it!!!! I've named them A First Time For Everything as these are my first self striping socks, my first Afterthought heel and the first time I've used Addi Sock Rockets which Tangled Yarn have just started selling.

When you hear knitters talk about self striping yarn, they say it's addictive and you constantly want to get to the next colour. Yep, they're right, it is, so much so, I eagerly waited for Saturday's update and I managed to get this ball of Sherbet Dip, don't those colours looks delicious? I know I said I was on a yarn diet but for something special I will break it and I've only got two balls of self striping in my stash!!!

The project I've been working on mostly this week is my Frangipani Shawl, I love everything about this pattern. It's quick to knit and even though it's a lace pattern, it's not complicated. I've knit 75% of the shawl! this week, I love that Helen, the designer of the shawl, has given you percentages of how much you've knit. As I said about the self striping socks, getting to the next colour, the shawls them same, I have to get to the next percentage. The last part of the shawl, will take longer to do as you end up with over 500 stitches, I would like to get it finished by the weekend as the next pattern from. Dream Big, is due out at the end of the month.

The only other thing on my needles are my Tuuli Mitts but I haven't got any further with them so look exactly the same as last week, I'm also still reading the Cornish House by Liz Fenwick.

I'm linking this post to Ginny's Yarn Along and Tami's WIP Wednesday.

Before I go I wanted to share this photo with you, my husband and I decided to go out for dinner on Saturday. We tried to get a table at The Crooked House, unfortunately they were fully booked. The building really is this crooked, it's feels very strange when you walk through the bar to restaurant, you can't walk in a straight line, luckily the restaurant is an extension and isn't crooked, so nothing slides off the table!!!!

We ended up at The Inn at Shipley, which is a recently refurbished restaurant, the decor is beautiful with open fires, so very cosy.

Thanks for stopping by.




Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Ohhhhhhhh that yarn is GORGEOUS!! WOW!!!! I loveeeeeeeee what you have been working on!! And that restaurant/bar is crazy crooked!!! LOL!!! Some architect really messed up that design, huh? Or a really good marketing campaign! LOL!!!!

Rachel Jaques said...

Woooowww!! !I adore those colours. Wow!

Ladybird Diaries said...

Love the look of the sherbet dip yarn! Gorgeous.
Marianne x

Hannah@HomeBaked said...

Wow, your shawl is looking absolutely gorgeous!
I love the striping yarn you found but there are some kicking around in UK stores - the schoppel woolle is often in most good yarn stores and has some great sock colourways :o)

Una said...

I love that shawl....the pattern and the colours. If I wanted to wear a shawl, this is the one I would choose.

Evelyn Hender said...

Oh my I am seriously lusting over that second yarn. The first is lovely to but that second one... *fans self*

Your shawl is looking lovely

EMMA said...

That twisted limone yarn is amazing - what fantastic colors.
Good luck finishing your shawl, that's a lot of stitches!

Kepanie said...

Ooh! I love the looks of that Twisted Limone yarn. I'll have to put it on my fiber I wanna try list. Live your shawl. So Jane Austen. That mitt is fabulous too. What a cool crooked place.

Rose Dahlia said...

What gorgeous projects!!
I love those self striping yarns, I've only bought the easy to get shop one, but they look delicious!! I can see why you broke your yarn diet! x

Donna said...

I love that self striping yarn so much that it makes me smile. It really is addicting. Enjoy it! And of course, your shawl is looking gorgeous!

Chrissie said...

Self-striping yarn is fascinating, surely some sort of sorcery in employed to make those stripes magically happen!? Amazing colours, definitely worth cheating on the yarn diet for those! And the shawl is looking absolutely beautiful! Chrissie x

Ginx Craft said...

What lovely knits, particularly the frangipan. "It's not complicated". Pull the other one. So very pretty.

Joy said...

I love the look of those gorgeous new yarns Deb, and your shawl is absolutely beautiful. That building does look strange doesn't it - what a strange sensation it must give when you enter it! Happy knitting to you!
Joy x

Ellen Penney said...

Saturday afternoons you say?! Nuts. I guess this means I'm stalking the next this weekend. I'm supposed to be on a yarn diet until woolfest. Ah well , I'm trying and that counts. Right?!
Love your shawl. It's really pretty.

gilly said...

Oh wow Deb, I love, love, love that yarn! Thanks for sharing the link. Your makes are always so beautiful & neat, can't wait to see what you do with the Sherbet Dip.
Hugs xx

Ira Huberts said...

So many fabulous projects you've got going on at the mo Deb! Love love your shawl, it's truly exquisite and I can see why you love your new yarn, makes knitting so much fun! Enjoy! Ira x
Ira’s Crea Corner

Ruby Mole said...

I have a serious self striping sock yarn fetish. I could quite easily buy one of every colourway.

I love that Twisted Limone. Zauerball and Knit Picks Felici have also some fabulous colour combos.

Stella said...

Yarn is just as addictive as paper:) Love love that selfs triped yarn and your shawl took my breath away....XX