Morning cherubs! It’s Sunday 1st September and I’m very excited!
Most people hate September. I used to. If you went to school in England as I did, it usually heralded the end of summer, the end of the holidays and the start of school. Weeks upon weeks of being told how important GCSEs were, followed by weeks upon weeks of being told how important A-levels were and how you had to go to uni or you were a total muppet. I never wanted to go back. Teachers and my family would point out that I would “get to see [your] friends”…This would’ve held up were it not for the fact I’ve been able to use a phone since the age of 5 and spent most of the holidays playing at friends’ houses, going to town with them…Yeah. September? Sucked. Of course poor Scottish kids go back to school earlier than British kids, but I still work on English school time.
Issues with the education system and focusing on the “importance’ of academic success, I rather like September now. University can do that to you. Freshers Fair, new societies, classes you want to go to, cheap drinks at the student union…It’s bloody brilliant. I’m starting my Masters in Victorian Literature in a few weeks and I can’t wait to sit down with some steampunk fantasy, a bit of Sherlock Holmes or have a giggle at Emily Bronte’s expense.*
The main thing about September that excites me is that, by my reckoning, it’s now officially Autumn, meaning Autumn-Winter fashion. You wouldn’t know it looking at me, but I love fashion. I love fashion magazines, I love wandering the city centre, just looking at mannequins…It’s bloody brilliant. No more bikini diet rubbish, suddenly shelves are filled with snug sweaters, cute little tartan skirts, biker boots…and all the knitwear known to man. It’s glorious.
A few weeks ago, I finished my Snapdragon Tam in some DROPS Merino Extra-Fine. The pattern called for a worsted weight, but I wanted it in this lovely mustard-yellow yarn. I simply went up a few needle sizes and I’m really pleased with the result.
Just look at the stitch definition on those cables… I can’t wait to wear it. It’ll clash magnificently with my red hair, and I think it’ll look cute with my wee bob poking out from underneath it! I’m planning to cast on the matching mittens in the same yarn. I’ll eventually start my Thistle shawl in some delicious OMA merino/silk in a similar colour and I’ll have a gorgeous yellow set to wear. Can’t wait!
In the meantime, I’ve finally finished the first prototype of my shawlette design. I’m quite happy with it, but I’ve come up with a few modifications.
I cast on version 2.0 this morning using the yarn I bought when I visited the Ginger Twist Studio in Edinburgh the other week. My goodness guys, is it wonderful yarn! It’s so soft and lovely to work with! I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am by the stitch definition I’m getting so far- it’s magnificent! I’ll be going back to get my paws on more. I can’t recommend this stuff highly enough. It’s beautifully dyed- fabulous, jewel-pink and completely saturated. No messy patches! My bank balance is going to suffer- yet another indie dyer that I’m completely in love with!
September’s going to be a busy month. Lots and lots of knitting! Lots and lots of reading! Lots and lots of preparation for Glasgow School of Yarn 2013!
Ah yes! For those of you who don’t know, I work at The Yarn Cake in Glasgow and have done for the past 2-and-a-bit years. It’s amazing. For the past 2 years, we’ve held the Glasgow School of Yarn to celebrate our birthday, and we’re back for our 3rd birthday this year. It’s going to be awesome and I’m lucky enough to be involved in the preparation yet again. Details can be found here, (check out the attractive pic of me on the staff page!) but as I’m handling it, I thought I’d direct attention to the GSOY Design Competition. The theme this year is Iconic Glasgow- think the Armadillo, Irn Bru- and I think it’s the best yet! Glasgow’s a very inspiring place to live in, and the city’s sense of humour is infectious. I certainly have several designs inspired by my adopted city. Unfortunately I can’t enter as I’m organising it, but I’d urge you all to enter! I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with!
Happy September 1st my lovelies!
*I’m sorry- I can’t stand Wuthering Heights. Pure drivel!