Hello, how is your week going? This week I've been working on two hats and two shawls, the first hat is a test knit for Melody of Manderine's blog. Check out her blog you won't be sorry, it's full of pretty photos of the Latvian countryside, nature, knitting and recipes, her photos are so tranquil and after reading her posts I always feel very peaceful.
I received the pattern on Thursday evening, cast on Friday and had it finished and blocked by the Sunday. It is a quick knit using worsted weight yarn, a fair amount of garter stitch and a beautiful textured panel at the front. If you follow me on Instagram you will have already seen the FO, modeled by my daughter but I'll share the photos on my blog, Friday.
Jodie kept the hat and took it home with her so I immediately cast on another one for me using a variegated yarn, I should also have this finished by Friday and will give you full details of the yarn on Friday.
The next project I've been knitting on this week is my Leftie by Martina Behm, as I'd said last week, Zena, Rachel and myself are all knitting this pattern with yarn we'd bought from Unwind. Zena and I don't live too far away from each other so we arranged to meet at The Library of Birmingham for a coffee and to knit on our Leftie's. We had a great morning, chatting and knitting away and hope to meet up again soon.
If you are in Birmingham, I highly recommend paying a visit to the library, there are activities going on, thousands of books to peruse, two coffee bars, lounge areas to sit and relax but my favourite part was The Secret Garden.
It's on the seventh floor and is a balcony wrapped around the building with an urban garden and places to sit, this was the view of Birmingham from the balcony. Unfortunately, it was a little bit too chilly to sit and knit up there on Saturday, I'm hoping for an Indian Summer so can go back and sit up there and take in the views.
Shawl two is the Menehune Shawlette by Mel, Episode Three of With Mel is now up with the third part of the pattern which is the middle section of the border.
This is a simple garter stitch section which didn't take long to complete, so I now only have the last part to finish which will be in next weeks episode. This has been such a fun knit, I really enjoyed this week's episode, she took us on a boat trip with her family and of course it's great to sit and "knit with Mel" !!!!!
I'm into my thrillers at the moment and have just started reading Fresh Doubt by Eva Hudson, I've not read any of her books before and so far, so good, I'm enjoying this book, the first in a series of books featuring Ingrid Skyberg, FBI Agent.
I'm linking to Yarn Along, WIP Wednsday and Keep Calm, Craft On, I've decided to post it a day early this week as one I've written it in advance and two, Nicole from Frontier Dreams, posts her KCCO on a Tuesday.
There is just one last thing I would like to say, Mel has just wrote a heartfelt post and would like some help raising some money for a bereaved family, if you could please pop over and read it, she would really appreciate it. She has just released a shawl pattern called Hapa and to help this family from 19th-26th August, Mel will give all profits from the pattern to this family who's life has tragically been ripped apart. I've bought mine, every little helps.
Thank you for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your week.
Greetings from Poland :)
Gorgeous projects! LOVING all the pink!!!!!
Your yarns are gorgeous colours. The library looks like a wonderful place to just sit and knit.
Beautiful selection of yarns! The hats are so pretty.
That library sounds like the ideal. Two coffee bars and a garden!
So many lovely things! xx
Beautiful projects, great choices, I like them all! Do you ever sleep, you are so productive? :)
You are sooo busy! I really like the first hat - such a lovely powdery colour! And the shawl looks pretty and vibrant!
Love your knits. The hat pattern is really interesting- I'm a big fan of garter stich.
All your projects, as always, are amazing! I love the construction of that shawl. Very interesting.
Beautiful projects, you are really moving on that shawl. I love the hat too, so simple.
Some beautiful makes, but I just loved the hats, they are delightful.
Beautiful projects! Thanks for introducing me to Mel and her podcasts. I am now on the first part of the edging. Your shawl is gorgeous! Love the hats! I need to make a few of those! :)
I think the Leftie is probably still one of my most favorite things I've ever knit, so satisfying!!
I love the colours you picked for yours :)
You have so many beautiful knits in the works. I love your variegated yarns. Such pretty colors.
That is such an amazing selection of knitwear Deb, such lovely patterns, too. Take care, Ira x
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I love how your Leftie is turning out. I'm such a fan of using white to set off other colors. :)
Beautiful projects. I love your leftie - I knit Miss Winkle and I love it, it's the only shawl I wear.
What a beautiful building for the library. So high tech and modern. Our library buildings are ordinary looking and the inside basic. It's only the main library where design really shows. I want to see the hat! I need to go back to IG and look.
the hat turned out so pretty!! i'm also test knitting for Melody and currently waiting for my yarn to arrive! (i chose Brooklyn Tweed!)
Love Melody's pattern. Lucky you to have tested it... About to go to Mel's page and buy the pattern - thanks for pointing it out!
Can you hear that ?? it is my jaw dropping to the floor, everytime I visit your blog you have completeled yet another knit. You are so very fast. Wow,you are amazing
Snap, I'm knitting Menehune too! I decided to frog my Betsy Scarf and Mel's Shawlette is the perfect project to knit with the NDS yarn instead. Love the yarn you are using for your shawl and great mother & daughter hats. Best wishes, Pj x
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