Friday, June 20, 2014

Discoveries

Happy Friday! It has been such a lovely summer week here. So nice to sit on the patio at knit night, needles clicking away amidst the laughs, until the sun went down. I love the long summer days (well, until it is too hot and I dream of chilly fall evenings). I discovered a few things, some crafty, some not, that I wanted to share.

1. The return of the mojo. The pattern designing mojo to be specific.

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I think perhaps I just needed to bring myself to a cafe for it to happen?!

2. Craftmas in July. Mary Heather and the other fun ravelry ladies have a great idea about crafting for the holidays in July, when we aren't up to our ears in holiday knitting. I may either get a head start on some Christmas gifts, or finally start on this cute advent calendar (so inspired by Knitterella's version) or these fabulous ornament kits that I bought last year and didn't get a chance to put together.

3. Wavelength by Knitterella. Perhaps this could be one of the gifts I knit in July.


































I bought the pattern as soon as it was available because I just have to get over my colorwork fear. Don't get me wrong. I know colorwork isn't hard. I've taken a class on it and did a little of it in a baby project or two when I first learned to knit, but I haven't done it in so long, I think I have to just jump in a cast on.

4. Irish Pub Rock Station on Pandora is made of win. And makes me think of Erica!

5. Sunshine Yarns. Ok, not something I've discovered as I've loved Dani's colorways for quite awhile. I can't even say it is the new gradients I've discovered. Really, I've been trying to limit my yarn purchases for some time, but in the past few weeks, there have been a few I couldn't resist.

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Pure lovely, right? I think these pretties may explain why the design mojo is back.

6. Cranford, a charming BBC series on Amazon Prime that Cupcakefaerie recommended. A few episodes in and I love it!

Any new discoveries lately? I'd love to hear! Hope you all have a fantastic weekends!

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Happy Weekend!
xoxo Irishgirlieknits

4 comments:

Kimberlyn said...

Glad to hear the design mojo is coming back! Your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is so cute!

Just joined the Sleeping Bear Yarn Club sponsored by the Wool & Honey yarn shop in Cedar, Michigan. The yarn club features different fingering weight yarns in colorways inspired by Northern Michigan. The July pattern is Capitola and I can't wait for my package to arrive!

Linda Cannon said...

If you haven't seen it yet a really good series is Lark Rise To Candleford. Really incredible.

I love the gradient sock yarn, especially the color spectrum, yummy.

dianne said...

Currently we are hooked on House of Cards on Netflix!

I'm using a gradient kit from Black Trillum right now for the Through the Loops Mystery shawl. It pretty fun!

Debbie said...

I have loved that Garnet Hill mitten garland almost as long as I have been knitting (coming up on 10 years), so maybe Craftmas will finally get me over the hump to make my own! I'm going to use little socks, mittens, and hats, 4 pair of each -- now that I think of it, that's one set for each child so I already know the colors I will use for three of the sets! (school colors for the three that are in college) Or maybe I'll use their birthstone colors, but hmm that would be an emerald-heavy garland, with May twins. Thanks for the inspiration and glad you found your mojo -- I love your patterns, just starting a Fiar for a friend! Hmm maybe I can make it a Christmas gift!

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