- An alpaca sweater
- Placemarker for things I have to do today
- Placemarker for my embroidery coursework
- A reminder to write this blog
- Crochet heart bunting
- Fisherman’s rib scarf
That’s a cup of black coffee in my ‘I’d rather be knitting’ mug. I used to have that mug at work but then they banned individuality so I had to bring it home where I’m always knitting so it makes no sense here.
A couple of weeks ago me and The Mister went to Pennybridge Farm for one of their two hour alpaca experience days. It was without a doubt one of the nicest days out we have ever had. The people so obviously care deeply for the alpacas and love what they’re doing. I never knew alpacas would be such gentle and friendly animals. We both fell a bit in love with them. I’d really like to go back and do it again next year. I’ll pop a picture below of the gorgeous yearling that we got to walk and feed.
They have a great little gift shop, and in that gift shop they sell huge bags of fleece for spinners but they also get the fleece spun into yarn to sell in the shop. It was pretty reasonable too at £14 a skein. They had a deal – 5 skeins for £60 so I snapped that right up in this gorgeous light biscuit tone. Its funny because it doesn’t feel like anything much in the skein but once you start knitting with it, it is the softest most beautiful yarn. I would quite happily knit with nothing but this forever more, its that nice. Really.
I offered to make The Mister a jumper, not really expecting him to be that interested because he sure as hell never wears the socks I’ve knitted for him in the past. But to my delight he jumped at the idea. We spent a bit of happy time on Ravelry choosing the pattern. He favours a close fitting jumper so he went for the Eren by Marianne Munier which comes in a nice wide choice of sizes and the profits from sales of this pattern are donated to a cancer research charity, which I only just noticed. Its knitted top-down in the round and so far it’s easy enough to follow. The pattern is translated from French to English and I think so far they’ve made a good job of that. You may think I’m mad but I’m really looking forward to getting past the arms so that I can do a ton of plain knitting in the round. I love that, it’s pretty much a meditation.
So this is Aniken – he likes to randomly trot for a few seconds when you’re walking him. He’s also a bit too fond of willow, they give you some willow to feed to them but Aniken has absolutely no qualms about walking up to another alpaca and stealing the willow right out of their mouth. How he gets away with it I don’t know, I mean, he is very beautiful but so are the others so he can’t just be trading on his good looks.
Bizarrely one of my favourite people at work went here too not so long ago and when I showed her the pictures we’d taken it turned out they’d walked Aniken too. There are 87 alpacas living at Pennybridge Farm so that’s a pretty big happy coincidence I think.
Next up are three placemarkers for things I really need to do today, they are generally housework type things or other little tasks that I really need to get done today.
That’s what the first one is anyway. The second is for my City & Guilds hand embroidery coursework. I caved in and nipped up town to buy the right size graph paper after spending an age struggling with the teeny tiny version I was using. So now I’m actually making progress with my cross stitch sample and I think I’ll be able to finish that over this weekend and at least make a bit of a start on the second piece. At least I’ll have time to watch some YouTube demonstrations on drawn thread embroidery which is not something I’ve done before, it’s never really appealed to me but I’m happy to be converted.
The third one is to remind me to actually write this blog, so here we are. I really need to make more effort to blog, I like to read other people’s craft blogs and even if no-one but me ever read these, it’s interesting to me to see what I’ve been doing back over time.
Next up we have these cute little crochet hearts. There are a ton of free patterns online to crochet heart motifs, I used the one from the Planet June blog. Nice and easy to follow and you can scale it up easily just by changing yarn and hook size. I’m using up scraps for mine, this the leftover yarn from a feather and fan scarf I made last year that’s shades of pink and lavender going into grey. Its quite fuzzy and sparkly so I hope I have enough left to make a good few of these. They live in a little pineapple block printed cotton laundry bag from Flying Tiger.
The picture above is from my Instagram feed. I was rereading Alice in Wonderland last week, I’ve finished it now and I did enjoy it but I did not particularly enjoy the amount of stares I got from my fellow commuters reading this on the train. I know it’s ridiculous of me but I like to think of my commute as a quiet and private space and I don’t like people leaning over me to look at my book. I suppose it is quite unusual to see adults reading books with pictures in public, but still, sod off!
Last is my fisherman’s rib scarf which I’m knitting using inherited acrylic yarn. You might remember I completely frogged this and started again after I made a weird see through section that I couldn’t fix. I’ve made this version on smaller needles so it’s lost a bit of its pleasing squishiness, I didn’t intend to make it on smaller needles, I thought I was using the same ones as before to be honest. And that is why you’re supposed to make proper project notes in Ravelry isn’t it? I still like it, it’s still squishy and it looks neater in this smaller gauge but it has lost some pleasing squish. I think when I’ve finished this I’m going to add some contrast tiny tassels along the edges. I fancy something neon. Maybe bright bright pink or green. Or both. Sod it, why not both?
Right that coffee you see at the bottom is not going to drink itself. I’m off. x