Stealing a few moments to knit (and post)

I hope you’ll excuse what will be a very brief post. Things are very busy here Chez Cathy, all in the best possible way. In fact even Chez Cathy has changed location in the last week!  I had forgotten just how much needs to be done in the first week of term, and how on earth to fit it all in! My mission until Christmas is to try and knit at least once a week – something I’ve not managed in previous semesters. I did get a few rounds of knitting in for the Happy Out KAL, getting up to the thumb gusset on the first mitt. So far so good :) If I could find a scrap of yarn then I could separate off the thumb and keep going. That will be a hunt for tomorrow evening!

I’ve also just got the fiddly bits left to do on my baby vest test knit. It’s such a lovely knit so far, and the FOs look so lovely that I think this will be knit again and again. First I’d better take some time out on Saturday to finish off the vest for the test knit. A deadline is a great excuse to ignore the housework right? Especially when G will be out for the day. I might even have some cake :)

Then I just need to find and (shudder) sew buttons onto the baby knits I’ve finished before the babies grow out of them! I’m still a long way behind on my baby knits but I’m feeling more motivated to knit for babies lately :) Just as well since there will be more baby knits on the horizon for some time to come. I just need to find a few new patterns – any suggestions?

Coming home to KAL

Life has been keeping me extra busy recently. Just after uploading the Happy Out Mitts pattern on Ravelry, I hopped onto a plane or two, and headed off to Spain for a conference.

20150911_081510It must be strange for the other people in the hotel, looking forward to a relaxing sun holiday only to find 200 oddly dressed nerdy folk suddenly descending. Fortunately for them, we are in the habit of hiding inside dark halls looking at powerpoint slides for most of the day, so we weren’t too much of a bother. I flew home on the Friday, went to sleep and woke up on Saturday bright eyed and bushy tailed, ready to tackle the first day of our Happy Out KAL.

That’s a lie. I woke up with a conference cold, itchy from my 40-ish mosquito bites and sore from falling on wet tiles in front of important professors in my field. And ready to tackle the first day of our Happy Out KAL. Fortunately a KAL includes much sitting down and kept my hands too busy to scratch. 20150912_083837

After an early morning stash dive, I decided on my KAL yarn and a plan. I’m going to knit two pairs of mitts, one from the Zauberball on the left and one from the Knitsch Yarns on the right. That’s the first part of my plan.

For the second part, I’m going to go off script a bit. Since the mitts only take up half a ball of sock yarn, there’s the question of what to do with the other half. One option is to knit a second pair of mitts, but I’m going to try to design a matching hat to use up the remaining yarn. The Zauberball will be my first prototype, and the Knitsch will give me a chance to test the pattern myself before inflicting it on other knitters!

I should have plenty of time since the KAL runs until December 1st. Feel free to join us on Ravelry where we are graciously hosted by the lovely Blasta podcast.

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Recent Knit Events

I recently attended Pints and Purls  an evening of knitting, chatting and drinking at the Irish Craft Beer Festival. It was hosted by Mountain Man brewing company, Sue in particular. There was lots of fun, chats, seeing people, and I even got some knitting done for a change! Greg got to meet my knit friends and the other Other Halves. We had a table with chairs to ourselves and a really cool tablecloth! There was lots of interest from the attendees in what we were doing – possibly because of the location, en route to the men’s bathroom. I was a great event and much needed night off. Check out the pictures on the  DKC blog.

I also attended the Yarn Dating at This is Knit, the local yarn store. It was a last minute decision when a place came free on the day of the event! It had been booked out since before I even saw an advertisement for it. I needed to get my mind off things and so it was perfectly timed. It was great to meet all the new yarns coming in for autumn/winter. I love the new format – for each yarn we got to feel a swatch, see the colourways, knit a bit on a ready-made swatch, and check out the pattern books. It was much more focussed, we really got the chance to ‘date’ or ‘taste’ each yarn. Unfortunately there was a LOT of alpaca-blends and itchy wool though – my poor sensitive skin won’t enjoy this winters yarns it seems. But there were one or two lovely baby yarns which will suit my current knitting.

Speaking of which, I’ve not made much progress on the baby knitting front. Or indeed any knitting front since the Pints and Purls evening. I’ve two cardigans of the 10 completed, well except for the buttons of course. I had planned to post them this week but my buttons have been packed away with most of my yarn and needles for moving. Which will hopefully happen one of these days! I’m through the body of the third cardigan but don’t have the concentration for the cast off, or fiddly things like sleeves and button bands. Similar progress on the baby vest.

AND I’d better get them both finished so I can join the knit a long for Stew’s Happy Out Mitts. If you somehow missed that news just check out the last two posts! Don’t forget to leave a comment there to be in with a chance to win the pattern!

Happy Out Mitts KAL

As Stew (aka Suzanne) alluded to in her recent blogpost, the pattern for her Happy Out Mitts design from the These Islands book has been released for individual sale today. The pattern and book have both featured in the latest episode 7 of Blásta podcast. There is a  special introductory price of approx £2.50 or €3.50. This includes the tax for UK/EIRE but might vary if you’re outside that region. It’s available for download on Ravelry now!

Here on the FibreFriends blog we’re having a giveaway to celebrate – the prize is an electronic copy of the pattern. Simply leave a comment with your ravelry username to enter. Alternatively comment with your email, so we can send the prize on. The winner will be drawn next Friday on my lunch break so be sure to enter before 1pm Dublin time!

I’ve been so excited about the release of Stew’s pattern that I decided we should have a knit a long or KAL. Our lovely friends at Blásta Podcast have agreed to host the KAL over on their Ravelry group. Please come over and join in the fun!

The official start date for the KAL is Saturday 12th September, but feel free to cast on before that if you’re itching to go. We know that some people will be starting the Carol Feller Mithral KAL on Oct 1st, but there’s plenty of time to sneak in a pair of mitts before then.

The pattern is a pretty quick knit and would make a great Christmas present. The official end date is December 1st so that they won’t be a last-minute gift. Or so they won’t interfere with gift knitting if they’re a treat for you! Feel free to make as many pairs as you like in that time! Anybody who finishes a pair and posts a finished picture by December 1st will be in the draw for a prize.

Podcast and Impending Pattern

Thing the first!

Remember when I mentioned that Cathy and I had recently been chatting with Undermeoxter? Well, what I didn’t mention is that the conversation was recorded for the most recent Blasta podcast. Dearbhla got in touch with me a few weeks ago because she was working on an episode about Bake, Knit, Sew and These Islands, two books I worked on with Evin O’Keefe over the last few years. The timing worked out perfectly with my plans to travel to Dublin for some R&R, so the three of us got to sit down and talk knitting, books and platonic solids. Check out the episode to hear more about that, and of course hear more from Evin and Sara Brietenfeldt of Smudge yarns.

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Thing the second!

September has arrived, and with it comes the pattern launch for my very first proper design, my Happy Out Mitts! Previously the mitts had only been available as part of These Islands, but on Friday I will be putting the individual pattern up for sale on Ravelry.

I’ll be putting up a blog post on Friday when the pattern goes live with the details, but just for a teaser, we’re going to have a giveaway on the blog, and there will be a KAL starting mid September. The pattern calls for just under 50g of sock yarn, so are handy for those left over balls, or you can get two pairs out of a 100g ball.

See you on Friday! I really can’t wait!