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Well it has been a while and I can't honestly think why I've not gotten round to posting since November! When I posted about 'Blogging without Obligation' I really had not planned on a break like this! There has been knitting, spinning and dyeing a plenty - I even had a great title for a post all ready for a quiet moment at the computer. I suppose a whistle stop tour of the past couple of months comings and goings will be in order and a selection of photos for you to browse through!

Those of you who read Artis-Anne will know that we had a grand spinning and dyeing week without Little Miss Emily and I was all set to tell you all how:
"I Dyed and Berried Myself!"

OK the picture is a little blurred but it does give you an idea of the colours we dyed up. Actually all of these ones are my selection with a small glimpse on the right hand side of our natural dyeing as well which Mum has more details of on her blog. The overall colour theme with me seemed to be rich berry and purple colours and 'tomato soup' orange! Here's another shot of that purple which is some luscious Teeswater fleece in the process of being carder with the very scary looking English Combs which are fantastic for preparing long fibred fleeces if you're careful!


The Christmas knitting didn't progress very far and really put me off knitting for a while. I think it was the whole idea of having to knit things and the pressure of a deadline. December seemed hectic enough without adding to it so I only ended up making 2 presents - the cable socks for my Dad and a scarf for my cousin. That's not to say I didn't knit anything in December - just not for Christmas presents! After finding some Sublime Merino Angora yarn half price I decided to treat myself and made 'Agatha' which is a faroese style shawl and such a lovely pattern to knit up and quick growing to boot! 'finished in time for Christmas it's lovely and warm and the yarn is so soft and squishy even if it is almost too fluffy (grr angora!).



And the latest issue of Knitty had quick temptations as well for the Christmas period that were ideal for using up some of those stash yarns (this years resolution - knit from stash or spin something suitable!). The results of this was a Toasty Topper knitted up in some of my early hand spun and a virtually finished Quant using a ball of Noro Silk Garden. Now I'll admit that the Silk Garden has failed to live to my expectations - bitty and uneven though the colours are nice. Typically though Emily won't wear the hat/scarf but that's no surprise as she doesn't really wear anything I've made for her even if she does constantly ask what I'm knitting for her.

The latest FO hot off the needles is a stash buster using some unknown chunky yarn recycled from a jumper I no longer wore (sorry Mum!). It's one of Garn Studios patterns which was quick and simple to work but then again it could have been such an enjoyable knit thanks to the Christmas present from my beloved DH - some ever so pretty Knit Picks Harmonies!!

On the needles right now? Well for once I'm knitting something that DD might actually be glad of and make use of - a dress for her dolly!!

Right am off to knit and will make a definite effort to get back into blogging and will try to work my way round catching up with everyone. Finally I'd like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year and Happy Knitting!

49 comments:

Sarah said...

Yey! so nice to hear about your latest adventures in yarn.

I've got my eye on that Drops pattern; your version is very lovely.

Helen said...

Hello!

So I'm reading down and thinking ooh that's a nice shawl, ooh that's a nice hat but what really caught my eye is your cardy! I want one of those!!

Caroline M said...

I don't want the cardi (pretty though it is) or the shawl - I want those combs.

It's good to see you back, I was beginning to think that you'd gone for good.

Nicola said...

The Garnstudio cardi looks great on you. I've just cast on the same pattern in the worsted version - something tells me it won't be so quick, but I hope mine looks half as good when it is done!

clarabelle said...

Happy New Year, Kath! I can totally understand your recent lack of posting (a 2-year-old is enough of a reason in itself!) - glad to hear from you again though!

Well, you've been busy - and I particularly like your Garn Studio jacket. Your's is the nicest I've seen knitted up, esp in that yarn!

acrylik said...

Happy New Year! Lovely to catch up on all your news. All that dyeing is gorgeous - and I love the blog title you had planned!

Love the Garn Studio pattern, a great way to do a bit of stash busting. Lovely knits!

Mrs J said...

Happy New Year. The dyeing & things are awesome. I love the way you describe your chosen colour choice.Nice shawl!Glad you have reminded me about Drops patterns. I must have a closer look. Your cardi is fantastic! Good to see your blog pop up again on 'bloglines'.

Queen of the froggers said...

Gorgeous drops jacket, and all your other knits! Have a great 2008!

Piglottie said...

A Happy New Year to you too :)

I absolutely love the cardigan! Its so lovely and stylish. And your shawl is very nice.

Artis-Anne said...

I too love your new cardi and also Agatha has to be on my to do list; just need more time but most of all more energy !!

Jo said...

Great to see you back Kath, and with so much to show us too, happy new year!

Riggwelter said...

That cardi is beautiful! Love the shawl and....Oh I love it all!

artyfartykat said...

Nice to have you back!
Your dyeing days with your mum have produced some yummy looking yarns, but I must admit its the shawl that caught my eye, WOW!

Cherry Rolfe said...

Pretty colours - yuuuuumm.

Oooohh I haven't made my Homer noise in months!! Ta!!

belaybunny said...

What gorgeous knits. I love the shawl and the cardi and the hat. They're all great, your knitting always looks so professional.

Great colours, you and your mum have been busy :)

RoxyKnits said...

The shawl and cardigan are lovely!

I hear you on xmas knitting. I never knit for xmas presents. Takes all the fun away ;)

dreamcatcher said...

Ooh I love the Garnstudio jacket! What a great advert for "recycling" yarn too :-) The hat is great too, very toasty!

cyndy said...

You are always so productive!

You made my day...check my blog to see why...

HPNY Knits said...

ya' for knit from stash! I like the new cardi. its very handsome.

Kendra said...

I have that Drops pattern in my queue too! Yours is absolutely stunning - what a great use of recycled yarn. I love your shawl too. You've been really busy!

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