Casting off 2016, casting on a new knitting WIP for 2017

As 2016 comes to an end, and I reflect on the ups and downs of the past few months, it’s time to cast on a new knitting project to help me structure my thoughts and work towards 2017 with optimism and conviction. After all, casting on a project is an optimistic act, with faith that it will lead to something fabulous!

What will this yarny project be?

I have chosen The Italian Job by Nancy Vandivert, a two-colour mosaic and garter stitch asymmetrical triangle shawl, which promises to be interesting to knit, and stylish to wear!


Nancy Vandivert’s Italian Job Shawl – this is what I’m aiming for!

The colour combination was part of the attraction, so I sourced a similar colourway from talented local hand-dyer, Juliet Brown, of Artists Palette Yarns. Her Smoothie Sock Yarn is 75% superwash merino and 25% nylon, 425 metres per 100g skein. Look at this hand-painted Rock Lobster colourway!


APY Smoothie Sock Yarn in Natural and Rock Lobster

So as I head off to start this lovely new project, I would like to wish you a fabulous 2017, full of optimism and happiness. Thank you for sharing my Yarnsmithery journey and see you next year!

Happy crafting!

Elaine x


Knitting. – a metaphor for life!




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9 Responses to Casting off 2016, casting on a new knitting WIP for 2017

  1. swissrose says:

    Wow – what a beauty!
    All the best for 2017 xx

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  2. catterel says:

    You can’t be down-hearted working with that fantastic rock lobster – happy new year xx

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  3. Hello Elaine, that looks absolutely gorgeous! I hope you make it over to see Mel in the not too distant future and that we get a chance to meet up again! – I would like that every much! It sounds as though we are at quite similar places at the moment re job and parent.

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