Winter’s slowly ending?

It’s been so cold and rainy for so long now, but the glow of the Happy Wanderer manages to penetrate through the gloom and make the cubby house look even better!

All in good time the sun comes out, and Kitty B keeps watch for us. 🌞

For the first time ever, I’ve had a blocked ear for over a week. Is this a symptom of advancing age and a cold dry winter? A doctor’s visit has me using ear drops for even longer than the bottle suggests and waiting to go back for another visit next week. I’m getting used to a constantly blocked ear, and that’s probably not a good thing. πŸ˜…

While I’m waiting on yarn for my next project, I’m using up some leftover De Rerum Natura Albertine to make a #3 Slouchy Hat, from the now sadly discontinued Knit Simple magazine, Winter 2018. One of the most incredible features of Ravelry, is the ability to search patterns within your own library, by amount and weight of yarn used. It’s absolutely fabulous for finding ways to use up specific amounts of specific yarns! You can do this in the Advance Pattern search area. Tick the “In my library” box, tick the relevant box in the Meterage/Yardage area, tick the box for the relevant yarn weight in the Weight area, and all the possible patterns that you already own, pop up for you to browse. How fantastic! If you want to be even more specific, you can filter for type of Fibre, category of pattern and lots of other things. How do you go about searching for patterns to use up leftover yarn?

Add another layer

Here’s my new design, the Diamond Alchemy Poncho! I’ve just published the pattern on Ravelry and LoveCrafts. The all over cables create such a lovely texture. The elbow length sleeves are knitted as part of the front and back pieces, so there’s only two pieces to work. It’s worked in the gorgeous Juniper Moon Farm Patagonia Organic Merino which is a beautiful, light and lofty Sport / 5 ply yarn. I still have a little winter time left to wear it, but maybe summer’s ending where you are and you have plenty of time to knit yourself one for the coming winter!

Diamond Alchemy Poncho

I’ve used the Rust colourway, however, there are nearly 30 different colours to choose from in this yarn, or you can use any other Sport / 5 ply yarn which you have access to.

I feel like I’ve really added a touch of elegance to my above outfit, and I can see myself using it as an extra layer at my desk in a not-quite-warm-enough office.

This is a roomy design with the front and back each measuring: 61 (69, 81, 89, 101) cm 24 (27, 32, 35, 40) in width and needing 4 (5, 6, 7, 7) skeins of this yarn.

Visit the pattern page on Ravelry for more details.

It’s available to buy for $5.95 USD.