Sunday, June 10, 2018

Here & Now | June 2018 Link Up

Loving // The woodfire keeping the house warm and the delicious smell of freshly baked sourdough 

Eating // Chicken pie rolls. (Chicken pie filling, made into the shape of sausage rolls. A case of using what was on hand, and surprisingly delicious!)

Drinking // Herbal teas...ginger & lemon is a favourite

Feeling // A bit excited as it's just over a week before we pack up and hit the road to head North for Knitfest. I'm also feeling slightly disorganised. There's lots of list making and I'll feel better once there are some ticks on it, too!

Making // Not a lot as the days have been full, but I have been doing some knitting on my Cherry Pie beanie. It's the sample for the July Magic Looping workshop, and I'll publish it as an online pattern, too.

Thinking // How the year is just flying, and this month particularly.

Dreaming // Of a little trip to the beach when we get back and life isn't so busy. Every day is so full at the moment, as it generally is when preparing for an event.

What's happening in your world right now? Would you like to take a moment to document it on your blog? Here & Now is a fun exercise to reflect and think about the little parts of life (the ultimately make up the bigger picture.) Join us!

The link-up is open from today until midnight on the 17th of this month.
Simply copy the Here & Now list from below, paste it into a new blog post and fill it in. Add as many (or as few) photos to your post as you like and then hit publish!
The last step is to come back here and add the link to your new blog post to the link-up tool below so that we can all see your post.
I'd love it if you could please link back here in your post, too, so that others can find the link-up.

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Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Cast Off | Carbeth Cardigan

Well, here it is. My finished (aside from blocking) Carbeth Cardigan. It's certainly a quick project, with a cast-on date of 2nd May, and a complete finish date of 30th of May. And I obviously didn't work on it every single day.
This is the first chunky garment knit I've ever done, and I'm really happy with it. It's comfortable to wear and keeps me nice and warm, with the collar acting like a built-in scarf when you button it up. The yarn combination I used turned out just the way I pictured it. The merino is keeping the cardigan sturdy, and the alpaca is adding an extra layer of warmth. It's a soft combination, too, that feels lovely against my skin.

I will block this cardigan soon, I just haven't yet because it's cold and windy here and I've been enjoying wearing it. The button band will sit more nicely once blocked, at the moment it gets a little wobble in it when I button up the cardigan. But it doesn't bother me, and I'm sure no one even notices whether it's unblocked or not.

Saturday, June 02, 2018

Winter Thoughts

Winter is here and with it the realisation that we are at the halfway point of this year. Where did it go? This year has been a blur of things, filled with so many new beginnings in both small and big ways. In some ways, it feels like it was a long time ago that I was unpacking boxes and trying to find my way around this new town and state, and in other ways, it seems like it wasn't long ago at all.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Knitfest Maleny & Hand Dyed Yarn

There are boxes of yarn lurking in the hallway, and more peeking at me from outside the office door. Usually confined to the storage cupboard, the extra quantities mean they've spilt out and had to take up residence where they are.
This is Knitfest Maleny preparation, and it's getting more exciting as we edge closer to the day.
There is yarn to count, stitch markers to make, buttons to package and stall arrangements to check.
While I've never done an event like this before, I'm very familiar with what the final weeks of preparing for a market look like. List - so many lists! - and lots of counting the remaining days and thinking there aren't many left.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Knitting Carbeth Cardigan

I'm in the midst of knitting my Carbeth Cardigan. I'm hoping to have it finished by the end of this month, and seem to be on track so far! As I intended to document this cardigan as I knitted it, I thought I'd better get a post up about it before I finish it, it's growing so quickly on my needles.

I've knit both the sleeves now and have joined them onto the body of the cardigan. Now I'm busily decreasing across the yoke, after which I'll just have the button bands, i-cord edging and neck to knit. I'm so excited to get this finished and into my wardrobe.
I tried the cardigan on this afternoon, as best I could whilst trying not to drop stitches, or get poked by the two stitch holders in each armhole. I think it's going to turn out the length that I wanted, and it's going to be so snuggly and warm.

© Say Little Hen
Maira Gall