This year’s Stylecraft Blog Tour has been fun so far. If you’ve been following along, you’ll have seen all sorts of pretty knits and hookings, each one designed by one of the Stylecraft Blogstars, and each reflecting its designer’s style and personality.
Clearly my own personality is ‘Woman who likes looking at dead stuff that drops off trees in autumn’. Thank you for your comments about the pattern (available for free, here). For those of you who asked, I’m going to produce it as a pdf so that you can print out the chart. Just give me a few days, OK?
I love how a group of us can take the same yarn, and go sprinting off with it in such utterly different directions. That’s been the most enjoyable thing about this blog tour – looking every morning to see what each person has designed. And of course there’s been the daily giveaways, too. There are still five more days of the blog tour (and five more days to win). Enjoy! And a big thank you to the 2000+ of you who entered the giveaway here. The lucky winner was Pam Stinnett. Congratulations, Pam!
Still to come (at the time of writing): getknottedyarncraft.blogspot.co.uk on the 27th, theknittingexploitsofjosiekitten.blogspot.co.uk on the 28th, crafternoontreats.com on the 29th, thepatchworkheart.co.uk on the 30th, and janiecrow.co.uk on the 31st. Enjoy!
So, yeah. I’m still getting over a chest infection, the only upside of which has been extra guilt-free knitting time. And look: I finished a thing!
This, my friends, is Kari-Helene Rane’s ‘Chelsea’ waistcoat. (You may remember I talked about her designs a while ago.) I love this waistcoat! The yarn is Drops ‘Nepal’.
The pattern is here, in case you’d like to make one. It’s a very easy, quick knit. You can wear it different ways:-
And although it looks complicated, it’s actually extremely simple.
If anyone ever tries to tell you that knitters have no style, go and show them Kari-Helene’s work – that’ll wipe the sneer from their face, I guarantee. There are so many of her designs that I’m planning to knit.
I love the waistcoat so much that I’m even prepared to show you a hasty phone-snap that I took in the mirror this morning. Excuse the weary, getting-over-chest-infection face, but I figured that we’ve known each other for long enough not to hide between makeup when we meet, yeah?
Oh, and speaking of how long we’ve been acquainted, the other thing that’s happened this week is the four-year blogiversary of this site! (OK, you’ll know this already if you frequent the blog’s Instagram or Facebook pages.) Wa-hey! Let there be cake:-
I know I wheel out the same picture every year of the cake with which the Stoic Spouse surprised me on my first blogiversary, but it was a pretty stunning cake. Also, no further blog-related cakes have been forthcoming since that date. <kicks the Stoic Spouse, under the table.> Honestly, anyone would think that he had more important things to tend to in his life than cake.* Oh, wait…
But seriously, I had no idea, back in 2013 when I wrote my first blog post, how life-changing this blogging thing would be. And most of all, I didn’t yet know what a creative, wise, funny, and friendly bunch of people from all over the world would come here and read this blog. Amongst the ‘likes’ and comments, there are names that I recognise who’ve been around since the start, as well as folk who are more recent arrivals. You’re all proper lovely, you know? I love coming here to chatter with you.
And if you’re thinking of starting a blog yourself, I have one small piece of advice: DO IT! (But be prepared for it to take over an alarmingly large part of your life.)
∗It’s always hard to know how you’re coming across online, so just in case anyone reading this thinks that I’m seriously whining because my husband doesn’t commission enough cakes, I wrote that paragraph with my tongue so firmly in cheek that I have an actual hole in the side of my mouth, OK?