It's Yarn Along day!
I promised that I'd update you on the knitted Totoro project I wrote about last Friday. Here's how he turned out:
A bit wonky but recognisable, I hope.
This was not enjoyable knitting. I don't do fiddly but I'm trying to be more fearless about patterns and the sense of satisfaction at making something new (a plush, this time) is, well, satisfying.
The Little Knitted Totoro pattern is free and I made it with acrylic scrap/stash yarn which is in big contrast to what I have to share next...
I decided to make myself something special to wear for myself this Autumn after being lured by some beautiful Debbie Bliss Andes yarn. It's 65% baby alpaca and 35% mulberry silk and never before have I wished more that you could reach out and touch what I'm showing because it feels incredibly luxurious!
I have cast on The Aspen Wrap and, although there are mixed reviews about the pattern, I'm finding it very clear and useful, so far.
I'm on gauge without having to make any alterations and because the needle size is quite big for the yarn it's knitting up quickly and the yarn is going a long way.
I'm so excited about this project and have completely caught the fancy yarn bug (shhhh, don't tell my bank manager)!
This week I've been reading Keri Smith's How to be an Explorer of the World. I have a bit of a crush on Keri Smith - I find her writing so inspirational but in a non-confrontational, gentle nudge kind of a way.
What are you knitting and reading this week?