Goodness - doesn't time fly ? I'm going to stop making declarations about how I'm going to try to blog more because I think it pisses the Fates off and they step in to put a whole load of barriers in the way.
There have been health issues. I can confirm that I am the world's worst person at being not 100%. I bitterly resent every second that my traitorous body refuses to comply and engage it in a battle of wills until we see who backs down first :0)
There have been work issues. Really interesting, stimulating, mind challenging issues which I love every second of - but which are undeniably slightly all consuming and more than a little knackering.
And of course, there's been knitting. Lots of knitting. When I'm really up against it, knitting is the still, calm place in my head - so the more stressed I am the more I knit. Something had to give and it was blogging. Again.
Onto the knitting. Those who know me well know that I can get a teensy bit obsessed with the colour pink and oh boy, there has been a Lot of pink in my life lately.
My Cashmere Apres Surf Hoodie. And I adore it. (Click to embiggen on Flickr)
Me - who doesn't knit lace - adores knitting an almost entirely lace sweater. I'm just about to cast off the body (I knitted it in the round instead of 2 separate pieces) and if this one doesn't fit there will be a major hissy fit !
The yarn is Knitwitches Laceweight Cashmere. I bought a skein at Woolfest last year and Eirwen kindly agreed to dye me 2 more. When I use it doubled, it knits up as a 4 ply. And the yardage is great. And it's CASHMERE - so it's fabulous to knit with.
The only thing I can't share properly with you is the colour. It's so hard to capture. It's much more a crimson pink than the magenta pink it appears in the photo - it's called Raspberries. And it's an almost solid. Not even a semi solid I would say. The variation in colour is so slight but it adds a beautiful depth.
I'm knitting this for my Wester Ross holiday in July and I have all these images in my head of walking on windswept, empty beaches wrapped in my glorious pink cashmere. Wester Ross is the other still, calm place in my head - I think there's a theme building up here :0)
You up for more pink ? Well, there's this
A mini Clapotis (yeah, I know - late to the party as usual) - a gift for a dear friend whose birthday is coming up.
This may look pink but it's really a fabulous mixture of hot pink and orange
It's Skeinqueen's Kimono Silk Aran in Phoenix - another truly gorgeous yarn to knit with. The sheen, the depth of colour, the yardage, it's got it all :0) (I only used 1 and a bit skeins for this mini-clapotis so if anyone is interested in my other 1 and a bit skeins, you'll find it in my Ravelry Stash for sale !)
But do you know what fascinates me about this ? Check this out
I now need some very clever person to step in and tell me intelligent things about the way different fibres soak up dye but at the moment I'm just happy to ogle and say "Cool !" a lot :0)