on the needles….

I have a stole in cocoon stitch, inspired by Martha Waterman’s Traditional Lace Shawls book.


Aren’t the cocoons jolly? The yarn is DB Alpaca silk DK, which is absolutely glorious to knit with. It is actually a nicer, more subtle red than it appears in the pic. I do hope those wonky stitches will transform themselves after blocking. I didn’t make an error in the pattern repeat….really! I am looking forward to wearing this in Autumn.

Next, the start of the back edging to a little top, that I’m making with the cobweb mohair from the Natural Dye Studio:.

It will have cap sleeves, and stripes, in dark grey kidsilk haze.

Finally, a sock:


After the deluxe and wonderful monkeys, I’m almost ashamed to show this cheap and cheerful item using opal 4 py and the magic loop method. This will be my mountain knitting, so I’ve been economical with the needles as well as the project. Every extra bit of weight really is felt! I remember how much I cursed Dickens when I took Little Dorrit with me on the West Highland Way a couple of years ago….

On top of my good news this week, I also received my first royalty payment for my book. I found this strangely exciting! So, I am going to treat myself to a Hanne Falkenberg kit. I’m thinking the Ballerina will be just what is required. A bientot!