I have two things to show you today and they were both finished weeks ago now, one even in that long distant past known as September. Yes, I really am that behind.
First up is and cute pair of socks. I haven't done much knitting this year, I've been on a crazy crochet streak for months and months now. However much I adore my crochet though, every so often the urge to use two sticks comes upon me and I get the 'Itch to Knit' again. This time the first chill of Autumn motivated me into sock making.
I'm quite pleased because I got to use this beautiful sport weight yarn, 'Blush' from Skein Queen. It's in Eau de Nil, which is a colour I adore and the yarn itself is gorgeous, so I've been saving it for something special.
I also got to use the Sepentine Socks pattern from Wendy D Johnson's book, Socks from the Toe Up, which I've loved for ages.
So a lovely yarn, a lovely pattern and some lovely socks at the end of it. How very heart (and foot) warming! Just what I needed for Autumn.
Apart from just missing the feel of knitting, the other thing that gives me the 'itch', is when I come across a pattern I just can't resist. Like when I saw the Kudzu Shawl by Rachel Henry.
I thought it was delightful and wanted it at once. Not only that, but I was able to make it from stash yarn and I think you'll probably easily understand the importance of that. (You certainly would if you could see my overflowing stash baskets anyway!)
I used Rowan (RYC) Bamboo Soft in Jewel (117), which is a fabulous autumnal colour. Very rich and cozy looking.
You can't see the colour well in this photo unfortunately, but I hope you can see the cozy. This next shows it off better.
It's taken me this long to share it with you because the poor thing has been moping around the house waiting to be blocked. It didn't want to face the world until it looked properly finished you see. Although I must confess, I have been wearing it anyway, even in all it's curly edged untidiness because it's been a bit cold and well... it just looked all inviting.
I adore it. It's as warm as toast and the rich colour looks fabulous. Another perfect Autumn treat.
You know, I've never thought it before, but I'm practically enjoying the coming of Winter this year, with all these goodies to keep me warm.