Well, there's no denying it now, we are very near the end of this Year of Projects. I discovered about it just a few weeks into beginning blogging, and boy am I glad I did!
I am so pleased with what I have achieved during this year.....I know I wouldn't have without the YOP blog-a-long.
I have finally finished my Colour Affection....YAY! I thoroughly enjoyed making this shawl, but the end was a little telling and I was becoming more and more worried about the dodgy edge! I'm pleased to say that the blocking has helped it a little, but it is still quite clear that its not quite right.....the tight increases and the twisted carrying of the yarn did it no favours.......my issue I expect, not the patterns, just too tight, giving it a different shape to other peoples......I have learnt a lesson though..... to check out others' modifications before ploughing in!
To be honest, it is a tad shorter than I wanted it to be, but again, I think this is my tight knitting, not a poor pattern.
My shawl and I have demanded a night out with my summer dress for a slap-up meal!
The yarns used for my CA shawl were all purchased from this years Wonderwool, the lightest colour is a lace weight yarn from 'The Old Piggery' which is a silk and Blue Faced Leicester mix in colourway Seascape. The other two yarns used were slightly heavier both Blue Faced Leicester/Nylon mix from Freyalyn's Hand-dyed Fibres in colourways Baranduin and Steelsheen.
On to more exciting news! As this is my 'too..tooo..tooo.toooo' <trumpet fanfare> 100th post, I wanted to announce a giveaway , open to all no-matter-where-you-be........
Up for grabs are a 50g skein of hand-dyed Merino wool also from The Old Piggery. A ball of DK weight Kingcole Riot and a copy of Knitting Brioche. Now for those who followed me as I did the Knit and Crochet Blogging week, I tried out a small amount of Brioche knitting and found it stretching for my basic knitting skills, but giving gorgeous results.
This is an excellent book, with lots of techniques, photographs, diagrams and beautiful patterns. (In fact, I want to include some of these patterns in my next YOP list).
There will be a couple of other things in the mix, most probably something to munch whilst you knit ;-) and maybe, if I get my act together something hand knitted to amuse you!
My giveaway is by way of a huge thank you for all the lovely people who pop by and add an encouraging comment on my posts.......your words are precious and make my day!
The rules are simple enough, just leave a comment on the bottom of this post, making sure to leave your blog link or email so I can get back in touch should you win!
I will draw the winner and announce it on Saturday 30th June.....If you would like a second chance in the draw then feel free to blog about it and/or put a link on your sidebar (I gotta say, this always dumbfounds me a little, but just cut and paste the picture above if you like) please then pop back and let me know so I can enter your name again.......I'm quite blonde so spell it out!
I will leave you now, with a quick pic of our weekend
mud bath walk with kids and dogs in the woods yesterday.
Hope you all have a great week!