Last Friday

I’m not feeling very creative with post titles at the moment, so forgive me for the really bland one today. Also I’ve been up since 6am. On a Friday! It was all for a good cause though, Basic Photography Class with Lightform UAE. Wo-hoo!

Last Friday, see there’s a reason for the title after all, was the knit-meet with the Dubai ladies, but of course the Capital Girls are also in attendance which is always nice esp as we had that horrendous dust storm all over the country. We met up in our favourite coffee shop on all of the UAE – Caribou Cafe – who should really be giving us a round of free coffees by now with all the revenue they get from both groups of knitters every month. Hello, Caribou Marina Mall and Dubai Mall!

Anyway, I love Dubai Mall and their free WiFi access. I managed to catch up on Ravelry while I sipped my Mint Condition and munched on the biggest turkey sandwich ever, oh and I was waiting for the rest of the gang to show up. Stupid me forgot my mobile phone at home so had no way of telling anyone I was already there.Lindsay arrived first. So lovely to see her again after what felt like forever, because we had both been away on our respective holidays. We swapped, not yarn, but stories of our trip home and caught up with the knitting. She showed me her very first pair of handknit socks, and they are gorgeous! Van Dyke Socks from Wendy Johnson’s Socks from the Toe Up book knitted in Dream in Colour Smooshy, just half a skein if I remember correctly. Sorry, the photo is still a bit blurred but it captured the true colour of the yarn I think and the lace motif on the foot. Beautifully done, Lindsay! Can’t wait to see more socks from you.And then, Yanti joined us and introduced us to her lovely family. her sons are too cute but a bit shy. And thank God her family lives nowhere near Jakarta where the recent bombings occured.

Debbie’s arrival followed a smorgasbord of knitted projects and yarn! Oh the yarn! Bt let’s not get ahead of ourselves, let’s look at the two lovely shawls that Debbie knitted recently. This is the Little Arrowhead Shawl which she knitted in Skein Queen Plushness. It is so soft and so very well done. Looks fabulous on you, Debbie!
See that purple thing on her lap? It’s her Icarus Shawl knitted out of Malabrigo Lace, colourway Hollyhock. Isn’t it gorgeous? Here is a more detailed photo. This project is in my queue but I think it will be a while before I get to it.After admiring all the finished projects, we went on to admire the yarn stash. The lovely, lovely yarn stash from Lindsay and Debbie. This is Lindsay’s Socks That Rock stash. Kaw Kaw, Prove It All Night and Atomic 6 in various weights. She brought them along because she knew I wanted to see them. How sweet is that?
The pink and purple skein is from Stefanie Japel’s Glampyre Knits line. I think it has silk and bamboo in it. The blue one I think is possum from New Zealand. It is squishy! Debbie (and Jackie!) are on a Posh Yarn spree and Debbie showed us the lovely yarns from Posh. The blue/green one on top is a favourite but they are all really gorgeous.Debbie even tried to spin her own yarn! She bought a kit which was still on its way but Shyma brought along her own kit so Debbie gave it a whirl. Looks easier than it really is. There’s one person missing in this shot (yes, that’s you Jackie!) but in case you’re wondering, we’re all wearing our Liesl cardigans. Mine in Sundara Aran Silky Merino with sleeves, Louise’s in Rowan Denim with a bit of sleeve and Debbie in Malabrigo with teh cap sleeves. Jackie did hers in Lion & Lamb Helen’s Laces I think. This is my second cardigan ever and I love it. This became a sort of a KAL actually and hopefully we have influenced other members of the group to knit one for themselves.So that was Knitting Friday. Great fun as always, can’t wait for the next one even though it’s Ramadan.

I was showing Bernie the effects of depth of field hence this shot of a flower at Japengo’s.
And my cup of Britain’s best tea, thanks to Louise!
FO time! While at Caribou, I knitted a few rows on my Felicity hat. It’s done in Sundara Worsted Merino, first time I’m using this yarn and I love it! I can understand why the demand is such because it is quite squishy, and of course no one does colour like Sundara. This skein came from the ‘I’m sorry’ gift box she sent me with 25 skeins of the most gorgeous worsted merino and sock yarn. Thanks again, Sundara!
The hat is a gift to Emily for our Shawl/Sock Swap in the Sundara Yarn Love group. This is me trying to take a decent photo of it. Must really get the husband to learn how to use the camera soon!
Project: Flouncy
Pattern: Felicity Hat by Wanett Clyde
Yarn: Sundara Worsted Merino
Colourway: Gleam in the Dark, used less than 1 skein
Needle: 5mm
Notes: After reading project notes on Ravelry, I decided to go up a needle size and cast on 80 stitches. I adjusted the numbers for the decreases.

I hope Emily likes it! But I loved it so much that I had to knit myself one! This is how much yarn I had left on the first hat, little blob on the right. I wound my Madeline Tosh Pastoral for my second hat, a skein which I never thought I’d be able to use. Feels a lot like Sundara ASM actually and the fiber content is the same (50% merino-50% silk).

This was such great TV knitting that I finished it in one afternoon! So proud of myself!
It’s kind of hard to photograph indoors but I will try and get photos as soon as the weather becomes hat-friendly.
Project: Flouncy Too!
Pattern: Felicity Hat by Wanett Clyde
Yarn: Madeline Tosh Pastoral
Colourway: Van Dyke Brown, used less than 1 skein
Needle: 5mm
Notes: I cast on 80 stitches as well but instead of doing M1’s for the increase row I did YO’s. I saw this on someone’s Felicity hat using Malabrigo and thought the effect was nice. i also did the straight rows longer to add more flounce I suppose. I love love this hat and can’t wait to wear it!

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