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Faye Perriam-Reed  Knit designer/maker into natureπŸƒ, photography πŸ“· and sewingπŸ‘— Tech editor for The Knitter & Simply Knitting🌻🌾

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23: Throwback

This is probably one of the most cabled garments I've made over the years, back in 2011 when knitting was merely an obsessive hobby (and I was a blondie)! It was a 5 hour train journey from Brighton to Exeter to visit my husband-to-be, so there was a lot of knit time and I remember getting really stuck into this one. This is Lisa Richardson's Lichen from Rowan 40, knitted in an unknown wool/acrylic blend gifted to me by my mum. I don't have so many of my earlier projects anymore but I'm actually wearing this one today, it's super warm in a cold house! I adapted the pattern from drop sleeve to set in sleeve for a more fitted look.

22: Currently wearing.

Today's #yarnlovechallenge has been fun to look through! Today I'm wearing my Opal Hundertwasser socks with Dr. Marten boots πŸ€“

21: Library

Just a snap of a section of my craft room, most of my reference books are at work. πŸ€“ πŸ“š The yarns are both Blacker Tamar (I'm still figuring out what to make with them) and the pot was a wedding gift handmade by the lovely @kirstie.mcleod πŸ€—πŸ

20: Handmade home.

We like blankets in our house. I crocheted this one from yarn I bought in Poland, from a lady with a street stall in the mountains πŸ”. I bought a kilo for about Β£18 - I'm not sure my travel buddy was best pleased as he ended up with half of it in his luggage! 🐏

The yarn was too scratchy for any sort of wearable item but was perfect for this simple ripple stitch blanket, which has a wonderful drape and will hopefully keep us cosy for years to come πŸ€—

19: On the go 🐒

I'd say I've been 'on the go' a little too much recently so I'm learning to unwind. This week that means a few days off for myself, to work on a sock design, knit some of my jumper and to keep practicing the knitting machine.
It's easy for me as a creative person to get stuck into something and not bring my head up for air until hours have passed, so I'm teaching myself to stop, take a break and switch tasks after a while, taking time to breathe in between.
After years of hand knitting and being able to do it on autopilot, I'm enjoying learning a new thing and the challenges it presents. This is the front of my first ever knitting machine sweater, which I cast off this morning ☺️

18: Gratitude(s)
Today's #yarnlovechallenge is a bit less yarny πŸ™ƒ

A lazy long weekend... a walk around the park... Spring beginning to show.... 🌿 Longer evenings... tea... time to reflect..... mindful knitting... a roof above my head.... having amazing supportive family, friends and colleagues who I appreciate and probably take a little for granted sometimes, you all know who you are xxx

17: Fiber Friends.. I am shamelessly stealing @roseewoodland 's idea for today's topic to spread the love to some of the amazing yarny folk I have met in and out of work, on and offline over the years. Thank you all for being an inspiration! Tap for tags πŸ€—

16: Happy Colour(s!)
Blue and yellow make me happy 😊 The blue hat is my Nordic Lace Hat in @manosyarns Silk Blend, and the yellow hat is Gwithian designed for The Knitter, in @fyberspates Vivacious DK. Both available on Ravelry πŸ’™πŸ’›

13 & 15: I'm not one for selfies on this account, so I'm merging #yarnlovechallenge days 13 and 15, 'selfie' and 'family' πŸ˜‰ I just couldn't resist this pic of me and my mum about to set off for Wonderwool last year. It was mum's first knitting show and a much looked forward to weekend away for the two of us, and it was lovely!

14: Yarn Love
Oops, I've gotten a bit behind with #yarnlovechallenge This week's yarn crush is this gorgeous bundle of hand dyed mini 4ply skeins from @theknittinggoddess which we've all been cooing over in the office. Just 😍 β€οΈπŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’™πŸ’œπŸ’–

12: Progress

I'm not sure if I should call this progress or 'running before I can walk' but having learnt to use my knitting machine on Monday, I thought I'd knit a jumper! I practiced all the techniques involved and then bought 'Boxy' by Joji Locatelli - an oversized 4ply sweater I've wanted to make for a while but never had the patience to do by hand.
About 25cm in I'm hit by a problem - I move the carriage too fast and it misses half a row of stitches. This is good practice for me because, as we all know, fixing mistakes is part of the learning process. It turns out undoing a row is much slower than hand knitting! Though I'm possibly doing this wrong as I'm looking at it from a handknit perspective. With 195 sts on the needles, I'm not keen to take them off and rehang them, so instead I'm dipping in and undoing 20 or so at a time before getting back to the two other handknits that are distracting me at the moment.. πŸ€—

11: Travel projects.

Recently I decided there should always be a self-striping sock on the needles, in my bag at all times in case of emergencies. They weigh less than a book and within a year I'd have so many hand knit socks! (Having said that, this sock got as far as the heel and then got dumped for the jumper I've been making.) This is the plan though, I have a lot of design work on this year and making plain stripy socks will be a welcome and pleasing break πŸ€—