I have just returned from a nice break in Newcastle. It was a good chance for me to catch up with family, friends and my previous work colleagues.
However, it also gave my current sock in progress (sock 2 of Cookie's Kai - Mei) a chance to have a Yarn Harlot style tour of the North East:
The sock saw the Tyne Bridge
The 'Get Carter' car park
The Angel of the North
And the Botanical gardens.
While I was away I had quite a lot of knitting time so I started Ishbel by Ysolda Teague. I bought Ysolda's book a week or so ago and was able to cast on almost straight away as you also get a digital copy of the book! What a great idea.
I have never really planned on knitting a shawl as I just didn't think I would ever actually wear one, but after seeing many gorgeous photos of this being worn as a scarf. Especially nice with the matching beret - fingers crossed I have enough yarn left!
I have even surprised myself by liking the variegated Araucania Ranco. After making a pledge to only buy solids or semi solids from now on - I just might have to reconsider after seeing how this is turning out. Let's just ignore the fact that I have messed up the lace...