A Summer Gnome

This is the latest of Imagined Landscapes‘ MKAL gnomes, Gnicki of the Nice to Gnome You MKAL. I used three minis from Countess Ablaze’s Yarn Cartel and some scraps of white yarn. The beard was supposed to be white, but I ran out of yarn. I’m happy that it worked out that way because I love the colour of the yarn I used for the beard. It’s this saturated slimy gold colour that immediately grabbed my attention. The marling was fun and totally unexpected, but I’m glad I got to let slimy gold shine on its own for the beard.

Simmer Dim

Simmer Dim

Just a small one-skein shawl, but it is cosy and I love it. I love the colours in this yarn. The colour changes quite frequently, but the changes are not strong enough to create colour barf when knit up. You know, those gorgeous skeins of yarn that have a bunch of contrasting colours that look amazing in the skein; once you wind that skein into a ball you start to have doubts but forge ahead and start knitting until you have to give up, frog and put that yarn aside in the to-be-socks pile. Or is that just me?

Details: I used tulip long carry C interchangeable needles in 4 mm and 6.5 mm, Sugarplum Circus Smooth Sock May 2019 Club colourway, and the pattern is Simmer Dim by The Shetland Trader.

Breathing Space

I finally finished this sweater!! I started it last summer, and set it aside after separating for the sleeves. I picked it up and put it down many times since then. The stripes made it easy to keep track of my progress, so I didn’t feel huge pressure to finish it. The yarn is a Wensleydale and Shetland mix, 50%-50% I think. It was a little odd to work with, it felt like Icelandic lopi wool. It has softened up with blocking, I don’t mind it next to my skin. It is in no way merino or cashmere soft, but I don’t care about a little scratchiness. The fabric has a gauze-like open feel to it, very different from how a typical woollen spun yarn would knit up. I have no idea if this is a worsted or woollen spun yarn, but I think it’s the Wensleydale content (it’s a long wool breed) that is stopping the yarn from plumping up the way a typical Shetland wool would.

Details: I used 3.25 mm needles on the ribbing, 3.5 mm needles for the body and sleeves. My gauge may have been a bit looser than called for, (and what my original swatch led me to believe), which is unusual for me. I usually swatch and still end up with a teeny tiny version of what I intended to make. The yarn is : The Knitting Goddess Wensleydale & Shetland 4 ply (discountinued, I believe) and the pattern is Breathing Space by Veera Välimäki