1. I bought fabric
Yes, yes, I know. I shouldn’t have. But I did. My mother and I made a little trip to a fabric store in a nearby village. Our reason (i.e. excuse) was that I needed fabric for a gift for yet another coworker’s baby, as well as fabric backing for the Star Wars blanket I made for my boyfriend to stop it curling so much. I bought both of those, which would be fine since they clearly fall under the ‘only buy supplies for gifts’ rule… and then I found the clearance section. So, apart from the fabric for gifts, I bought:
2. I was given yarn
My parents went on holiday and my mother brought me a souvenir! In the shape of two big bags of yarn. One of them I wasn't able to take home straight away (I don't drive), so you'll have to take my word for it that it was a purple cotton/wool blend from Rowan. The other bag was filled with Rowan tetra cotton:
3. I wanted to start a cardigan, but I didn’t…
For ages now, I have wanted to make a stranded cardigan using rainbow coloured yarn. I finally got the rainbow coloured yarn, I had my pattern all picked out - and then my gauge would not match the pattern. The pattern had no sizing options, and since the gauge at which the fabric looked nice was tighter than was called for in the pattern, knitting it at that gauge would have meant I would never have been able to wear it. So I'm shelving that project until I find a new pattern with a gauge that matches (or with sizing options so I can just cheat and knit a larger size at my tight gauge).
4. ... so I started a summer top instead
Remember how I said at nr. 2 that Rowan tetra cotton is perfect for a summer top? Well, after the failure of the stranded cardigan, I started that summer top! It's knitting up really quickly and I expect to be finished soon. The pattern is Anjou by Berroco and is freely available. I am knitting some pink stripes at the bottom, the rest of the body and the sleeves in grey, and the collar in pink again.
5. I made a wrap blouse
Being in a summery mood, I couldn't stop myself from making a nice summer top using another Lekala pattern sold by BootstrapFashion. This time, I used pattern SKU 57589. I will tell you all about it in a minute, but first, pictures:
In the pictures, the right side of the blouse is pulled up a bit which is why it looks uneven in the back. That's not an issue with the pattern, that's just me not looking in the mirror properly.
6. I made good progress on my quilts
In fact, I made such good progress on my quilts, that I am making a blog post specifically about them! Check back at the weekend to see some pictures and me babbling about my first experiences with quilting.