winter yarn club :: july


Yarn Club August

Waiting for me patiently at the Post Office when we arrived home from our holiday was my July box of goodies from the Jellywares Winter Yarn Club.

I may have gasped in delight when I saw the yarn enclosed for this month – a skein of Malabrigo 8ply in the most beautiful shades of variegated greens.

Earlier this week I realised my August package wouldn’t be far away (it arrived yesterday!), and I should get knitting! I haven’t made anything with my June package yet, but I’ll get to that. I cast on while sitting outside in the winter sunshine.

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I’ve always wanted to attempt a shawl and I settled on the On Off Shawl. It’s fairly simple compared to other shawl patterns – no lace involved – and I can just knit it until I’ve run out of yarn.

On off Shawl Progress 2

On off Shawl Progress

I’ve been attempting a few rows per day, it’s made a nice change to crocheting blankets. I love how each knitting project has pushed me to learn new techniques I might otherwise not have. This month is was the Thumb method of casting on (which I’ve done a long time ago and had since forgotten), and also the M1L (make 1 left) & M1R (make 1 right).

I have still been crocheting like a madwoman though – we have squares due next Friday for our current Squares with Prayers project, and it’s a big one this time! More on that soon.

On off Shawl Progress 3

Also on my table is a stack of inspiring library books which are due back soon and I should really get stuck into them shortly. Hopefully leaving them on the table will help!

Have a lovely weekend,


16 Comments on winter yarn club :: july

  1. Jo-Ellen
    August 8, 2014 at 10:25 am (3 years ago)

    Malabrigo?? Oh, you lucky thing!! It is such a special yarn. Happy knitting, cant wait to see what you will make with it. x

    • Bec
      August 11, 2014 at 9:19 am (3 years ago)

      It is really beautiful Jo-Ellen! So glad I’m finally getting to try it out :-)

  2. Country Living by the Sea
    August 8, 2014 at 11:17 am (3 years ago)

    Gorgeous yarn and a gorgeous shawl! I have joined the Spring Yarn Club and I can’t wait. Everytime I see a photo to do with the yarn club I get more and more excited. Spring can’t come soon enough for me. xxoo

    • Bec
      August 11, 2014 at 9:18 am (3 years ago)

      It’s been a really fun thing to be a part of Julie, I’m sure you’ll enjoy it too. I was a little behind with my winter yarns but I couldn’t resist joining up again for Spring. It’s really encouraged me to try some new patterns, and best of all – try out some new beautiful yarns!

  3. Teresa @ knitbakecultivate
    August 8, 2014 at 5:31 pm (3 years ago)

    I love the colour of the yarn, my favourite. Getting a yarn package is so exciting. Enjoy.

    • Bec
      August 11, 2014 at 9:17 am (3 years ago)

      Yarn in the mail is so exciting, and the best bit of the yarn club is not knowing what’s going to come that month. Thankfully I’ve loved it all so far :-)

  4. Ingrid Kopka
    August 8, 2014 at 8:16 pm (3 years ago)

    Hi Bec,

    I totally love Malabrigo, have been using the Worsted and recently the Silky Merino, both are fantastic yarns!

    That pattern looks interesting, happy knitting!!!

    If you are interested, I just started my own blog, pop over to:

    take care,
    Ingrid xx

    • Bec
      August 11, 2014 at 9:16 am (3 years ago)

      It is really beautiful wool, I’m so happy I’m getting a chance to knit with it. I’m sure it won’t be the last time :-)

  5. Janet
    August 9, 2014 at 1:37 am (3 years ago)

    Hi Bec,
    That yarn is beautiful. I had my first crochet lesson today and oh my, it is hard. It takes me forever to learn :) I am making my stitches to tight which I might point out is so very typical for this type A scheduled person :) I hope it gets better!

    I also have books from the library to read. The Kinfolk Table is wonderful and I am enjoying it with it’s recipes and stories of hospitality and childhood memories.

    Have a good weekend!

    • Bec
      August 11, 2014 at 9:15 am (3 years ago)

      Hi Janet! How exciting you’ve been crocheting! Tension can be hard to get the hang of, but it definitely can make a difference to your crochet. Practise makes perfect :-) I’m still quite a tight crocheter, usually I fix that by going up half a hook size :-) Have fun!

  6. Julie
    August 10, 2014 at 3:15 pm (3 years ago)

    Love that green I so need to learn to knit on circular needles, I would love to try making a shawl. That pile of books looks great too.

    • Bec
      August 11, 2014 at 9:13 am (3 years ago)

      This shawl is actually knitted normally Julie (not in the round), the circular needles are just needed so the shawl will fit on the needles as it grows. It’s really easy to use circulars – I promise!

  7. Jenny Jones
    August 10, 2014 at 9:18 pm (3 years ago)

    Lovely wool, lovely neat knitting. Hope you got to look at those library books:)

    • Bec
      August 11, 2014 at 9:11 am (3 years ago)

      Thank you Jenny! Library books are thanks to Pip’s course, usually we only visit the children’s section, but not anymore!!

  8. michelle
    August 12, 2014 at 9:10 pm (3 years ago)

    hi :)….can u please tell me the colour of the malabrigo? :) it is just beautiful!!

    • Bec
      August 13, 2014 at 10:41 am (3 years ago)

      Hi Michelle, this is Malabrigo Arroyo in ‘128 Fresco Y Seco’. Hope that helps :-)