Life took over a bit last week and I missed both Yarn Along and my local Knit and Natter group so I'm excited to get back to them both now that things have calmed down.
I've been flitting between lots of different projects this week after a flurry of inspiration had me casting on more new things than is probably sensible!
Today I thought I'd show you a daffodil that I knitted based on a pattern from this book. I'm not a huge fan of the author, I have a few of her books and I find that her patterns haven't been very well tested but I seem to be able to work my way around mistakes which is an indication of how far my knitting skills have come along in the last couple of years.
The stem of the daffodil is icord which means you can insert a pipe cleaner to make it stand up in a vase.
The snowdrops in the picture are from this (much better) book and they get a yearly outing to cheer up a windowsill in Winter. Now they have a cheerful yellow friend to join them.
I need to get some focus now, really, or else I'm going to have a basket of half-finished projects! I'm particularly liking the Shift of Focus pattern. It's lovely and simple and all garter stitch so a good project for watching films with or social knitting. I'll write a bit more about it when I've made some decent progress.
This week I have started reading Almost Amish, which I found recommended in the Yarn Along a little while ago. I'm only half way through and I don't have the words to do it justice but it's turning out to be one of those books that really speaks to me and I'm finding a lot of inspiration about getting back to my goal for a simpler, self-sufficient(ish) life.
As you might expect, it has a religious thread running through it but not in the way you might expect and it's certainly not preachy or imposing. I find a lot of the scripture particularly around nature to be very inspirational.
What's on your needles this week? Are you reading anything interesting?
P.S. Don't forget to enter my February yarn voucher giveaway - only a week left to enter!