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Some Christmas knitting and Blimey – a new SQ yarn

Blimey! It’s a new SQ yarn. It’s 100% British Bluefaced Leicester spun in Britain and pretty much took a year to get hold of. Hence the name Blimey. I’m hoping that’s the exclamation you may utter when you handle it.

It comes in 110g skeins of 385m/420yds and knits up beautifully. The slight twist allows for a good stitch definition.

There are only a couple of skeins coming up in the shop update but more its way very soon.

This is a pair of large men’s socks (they need to be properly blocked) – my first attempt at toe-up following verbal instructions from andsewtoknit at Glasgow School of Yarn and making up the rest as I went.

Shhh, but they’re for Mr O. for Christmas in his favourite Irish green. The colourway is Irish Thistle and they’re the first pair of hand-knitted socks I’ve ever made for him.

I did two-at-a-time magic loop – far and away my preferred method of sock-making. Not convinced on the toe-up method – think I do prefer cuff down.

I added in a bit of semi-solid Crush just for an alternative for the heels and a couple of rows of ribbing on the cuffs, but was still left with 39g of yarn.

I don’t usually do much Christmas present knitting, but this year I thought it would be nice just for my immediate family.

Lily is rapidly turning into a Hipster Chick and loves a good beanie.

So I went with the Citadel hat pattern by Beata Jezek.

It’s a cosy creation with a slip stitch pattern on the outside, keeping it interesting and a mmmm, cashmere lining.

I used some Old Maiden Aunt BFL DK in the Selkie colourway (we did a little swapsie at Glasgow School of Yarn) and I love the way Lilith dyed it mostly grey with some blue showing through.

And for the cashmere lining, I used some of Beata’s Hedgehog Fibres 100% cashmere laceweight in Winter Thaw held double. The colours are subtle and delicious.

I do like using other dyers’ yarns from time to time and yes, I do have a little stash of my own!

I haven’t quite finished knitting the lining, but love the neat look it gives by the use of the provisional cast on.

Finally, the SQ calendars for 2014 are in.

I have very limited numbers (and they’re always very popular with the relations) so would appreciate if you would be so kind as to let me know if you’d like one this year by leaving a comment. If there is enough interest, I’ll order more.

They’re £10 each and contain photos of yarn, knitting and other Skein Queenery things.

In the meantime, I’m winding up much yarn for Wednesday’s shop update and getting ready to send out November club yarn by Friday prior to starting preparations for my two London shows on 6th and 7th December.

Crazy busy!

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7 Responses to “Some Christmas knitting and Blimey – a new SQ yarn”

  1. Anne Harrison says:

    Hi – just to let you know that I would love to buy one of those calendars if you have any more available – I’ve never had a knitting calendar before so it would be a proper treat!

  2. admin says:

    thanks, Anne. I’ll get some into the shop for Wednesday :-)

  3. Julie says:

    I would love to buy a calendar too :)

  4. sheila wilyman says:

    I must have one of your calendars too

  5. Sue W says:

    And one for me to drool over pls.

  6. Fifili67 says:

    The socks and hat are awesome.There will be happy persons on Xmas!

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