I haven't had much success with knitting lately. It seems that everything I've started I've worked on for a bit and then either got bored with or decided I don't actually like it.
I love the process of knitting, but am still struggling to knit things I actually want to wear.
However, as soon as I saw the gorgeous Southern Blue wrap pattern on Ravelry I knew I had to knit it.
Southern Blue is designed by Mary-Anne Mace and is named after a type of butterfly native to New Zealand, apparently similar in colour to the yarn used by Mary-Anne.
I also chose a blue, but mine is a teal shade.
The yarn is a silk and cashmere blend reclaimed yarn that I bought from an Etsy seller. It is absolutely beautiful, so soft and smooth. I was slightly put off when I opened the package, as it had a very strong floral perfume to it, presumably from the detergent the seller had used. So strong that for a while I thought I wasn't going to be able to use the yarn, but luckily it dissipated after being aired for a few days.
The pattern itself was great, very well written and fun to knit. No two rows are exactly the same, so it never got boring.
I did make a couple of slight changes, leaving the nupps off in the final few rows, on the points of the edge, and also leaving off the picots on the bind off row. Other than that I followed the pattern exactly.
I actually knitted this wrap to go with the dress I made for the Minerva Crafts blogger meet up that I gave you a teaser of in my last post. I hope you'll agree from the photo below that it goes very well.
You will be able to see the full outfit in due course, I can't wait to wear it this Saturday!
Currently on my needles is a rather seasonally inappropriate project - Pickles Fall Coat - which I'm knitting with some Drops Alpaca Boucle in a very pale grey. It is incredibly soft and yummy, like knitting a cloud.