Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Knitting with Multiple Colours


Knitting colour work has been a favourite of mine since I first tried it, several years ago when I knitted a mini Christmas stocking. One day I plan to knit a jumper with a patterned yoke, but I've yet to find the right pattern for that.
In the meantime, I'm content to have fun playing with colours, which is just what I did for this project. I wanted to knit a rainbow Darling Dots beanie, and with the Beanies & Berets KAL underway, I thought now was a perfect time. I chose my colours, deciding on a different colour for each pattern repeat, giving me a total of six different coloured spots on a white background.
It can sometimes be tricky to guess how colours will work together once knitted. How colours appear in whole balls or skeins can be vastly different than how they blend together once knitted, which is why I decided to do a colour swatch.

Swatching for colour takes hardly any time at all, and it gives you a chance to make any changes without it meaning you have to rip back hours of knitting. If you start to second guess your colour choices once you begin your swatch, keep going.
I was unsure about the row of Dusty Pink spots right after the bright Raspberry, but I kept going, and by the time I had added the next two colours, I liked the way the soft pink worked. If at the end of swatching you're still not happy, don't undo your swatch. Leave it there as you cast on the next one, and then you can compare them at the end.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Here & Now | August 2018 Link Up


It's Here & Now time again! I'm feeling pretty pleased that I remembered to get my post up on the 10th for the first time in several months - things are looking up!
I love reading your Here & Now posts so please join in!

Saturday, August 04, 2018

August Thoughts



August days are so changeable. As the temperature dances around, some days bringing spring-like warmth and others mid-winter chill, I get impatient for the season to change. I love winter, but by the end of it, I’m ready to shed the layers, open up the house and start enjoying lighter meals again. I’m drawn to the garden at this time of year. I want to be planting spring seeds, but I know it’s still too early. We’re perched atop a hill here, giving is a wide view over quite a distance.  Lately, there has been a thin layer of smoke hanging in the air, as the world around us gets dryer and dryer.

I’m watching my seedlings grow ever so slowly, as the soil temperature is still cold. We had more frost only the other morning. August truly can’t make up its mind about which season it wants to be part of! Despite sweet peas being something you should plant during the cold, they are growing rather slowly as everything does in this weather.


Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Teaching Workshops



I wanted to share some photos of the Magic Looping workshop that I held in Bellingen on Saturday. It was a wonderful day, with the best group of knitters, and there was lots of laughing and chatting amongst the learning.

I love the entire process of teaching workshops - from putting together the kit's the day before, to setting up for the day. I always try to bring a bunch of flowers with me to brighten the table, and this time a large bunch of native blooms and foliage had pride of place. I made a pompom to decorate each participant's bag, which contained their knitting needles, organic wool and my Cherry Pie Beret pattern.

The setting of the venue, Cedar Bar & Kitchen, is so pretty and pleasant to be in for a day. It's an old church that has been redecorated and turned into a beautiful restaurant. Aside from its pretty looks, the food is scrumptious. I didn't manage to capture a photo of the delicious lunch spread that we enjoyed, but I did get a quick photo of the chocolate brownies that were part of afternoon tea. Alongside them were the fluffiest house-made scones and a beautiful fresh fruit platter.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Winter Gardening, Spring Plans & Spinning Yarn





After a week of frosts and chilly days, this week it's been all warmth and mild temperatures. This afternoon was particularly warm, and despite my love of winter, I have to say that I loved the warm change. It's still cold of an evening, but it's feeling evident that mid-winter has passed and we're ever so slowly creeping towards spring.

I've been heading out to the veggie patch every morning and staring closely at the mulch, as I await the appearance of some winter seedlings. I sowed the seeds over a week ago, so I think I can now reasonably hope they'll appear. Among them are Sweet Peas, which I'm hoping will still shoot even though I was late in planting them. It was pretty cold when I put them in, so fingers crossed they sprout! I've put a little teepee over each planting, and if they grow I'll be able to see their pretty flowers from the office window. I'm also hoping to see cornflowers and snapdragons, too.

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Maira Gall