The Autumn chill has descended in Berrow and despite the sunny days the wind off the sea has definitely lost its balmy feel.
My thoughts have turned to Christmas this week and the making of gifts for friends and family. I have constructed a list and last weekend I cast on for two pairs of socks and some fingerless mittens as well as knitting the camouflage type hat for my fishing cousin, using the handspun falkland roving that I was spinning up last week. It helped that Film 4 were running a Star Trek weekend so I was able to settle in front the t.v. with an endless supply of yarn, my favourite way to spend a Saturday afternoon in Autumn!
Our thoughts also turn to thick, cozy jumpers and accessories as well this time of year and I am pleased to see that cables are making a comeback in fashion at the moment as well as the colour grey. I do happen to have a large stash of Gotland yarn in double knit thickness and am hoping to use that up with handknits for the online shop.
If, like me, you enjoy getting something for nothing then take a look at http://www.elann.com/ where you will find a whole pile of free knitting patterns in some pretty amazing designs. All you have to do is register your email address and details and the patterns are accessible as pdf downloads. Also this week I came across Patons website, http://www.patonsyarns.com/ where again you can access a whole lot of free knitting patterns and they have some wonderful afghan patterns or throws to knit. You can save these to your "hive" on the site and download or print them when you are ready, saving on ink of course. If anyone else has links to free pattern websites then please feel free to list them here so everyone can benefit. If any of the links above dont work, let me know and I will check the web addresses.
The loom is silent this week as I am concentrating on knitting items for the shop and spinning up some gorgeous Bluefaced Leicester and Tussah silk roving hand dyed in lemons, blues and pinks and mauves that was a purchase on etsy.
Have a good week whatever you are doing and happy knitting.