Thank goodness we have a wood burning stove to cosy up to in the evenings, it makes the dark nights an occasion. That's the positive way of looking at it.
My lace dress is coming on at a couple of rows a day at the moment, so a bit slow, but I like to think that these little bits of knitting all add up quite nicely over time.
So whilst the lace knitting is progressing at a snails pace, I decided I needed some knitting that was quick and easy, for those times I don't want to concentrate too hard, and I found JUST the thing!
Corry was making a wonderful star ornament, (which she shows finished in this blog post here), and I thought it was just the job for a little inbetween knitting.
Then I went off my plan to make an ornament, because I latched on to the idea of making many little diamond shapes, and joining them up to make a scarf.
The tutorial for the knitted star, and the individual diamond shapes, can be found here.
They are easy peasy lemon squeezy, so have fun making them.
They are wonderful stash busters too. I'm using up all the 4-ply yarn I can find in my stash. It's especially good for using up bits of variegated yarn. I have some Koigu left over from something else I was doing, and it looks delicious knitted up in tiny amounts and scattered throughout the array of diamonds.
I wouldn't have thought to use the variegated yarn if it hadn't been for seeing an AMAZING design for The Beekeeper's Quilt, by Tiny Owl Knits here. Stephanie brings a fresh approach to the use of variegated yarn, a look I love, so I thought I'd mix some variegated diamonds in amongst the solid and striped coloured ones.
Isn't the web a wonderful place for inspiration.
If you do go to the link for the Beekeeper's Quilt, try and have a look at the short film Stephanie has made,(you just scroll down to the bottom of the page, or you can go to it by clicking here). She's very, very entertaining, and funny and enchanting. I especially love her asides about the noises she can hear her neighbour making through the walls of her flat. I've just watched her latest video about her Mr.Fox Stole (my heart), very entertaining too.
We stood watching them in amazement, as they flew in their undulating and purposeful v-shape. I almost waved them goodbye, it felt like I should shout "till next year, all the best, and you'll be missed. Take good care of yourselves".
Well, I must get back to work, so I shall say cheerio, and see you on Friday!