Monday, 30 December 2013
Sunday, 7 July 2013
I'm getting on with the capelet that I started recently. I wrote about it here. However, I didn't think the lilac colour mohair wool, as shown in the pattern book, was a very good match so I've been hunting for something a bit more appropriate.
I think I've found it - Eureka! I love this. Perfect Autumn colour. What do you think?
I think it goes really well with the main colour:
but I'm not finished yet. I may extend the capelet to make it wider. First I'll wash it and then decide...
Sunday, 2 June 2013
I finished knitting these socks last week using a pattern from GlennaC. Click here for her website. You can find another of her patterns here. I made them because I had to because I wanted to know why everybody seems to love knitted socks so much. As we have just started our summer here in England, it may be some time before I wear them in earnest, but when the time comes, I will be ready!
I made these on four double pointed needles and mastered the technique in the end although I can tell you it is tricky and requires practise. Then I saw a video on Tina's website showing how to knit socks using two sets of circular needles so next time I'm going to try that. Tina at her website was making some stripey socks and I admired the way the stripes seem to match up in each sock. Some clever sock wool designing there!
Here is the link to the video showing how to knit with two sets of circular needles.
So I'm getting into sock knitting. In America sock yarn is everywhere but I don't see it very much over here in England. Perhaps I just haven't noticed it. We have different yarns in varied plys and I'm so familiar with the English ones that when in America, I see everything with fresh eyes. You have the space in your shops to see everything displayed my American friends. Never take that for granted please! To me it is like shopping in Aladdin's cave!
Here are my socks again. I'm pleased with them. Thank you to Glenna and Tina for the tips.
Wednesday, 22 May 2013
I've just finished spinning up the bag full of ecru merino roving. It was a a delight to work with. This will be spare because I have finished the sweater I was making with the bulk of it. I'll show you how it turned out soon. This roving was easy to spin and easy to draft and the result was very smooth as you can see above and below.
Now on my wheel today is some more of Miss Babs blue faced leicester yarn, which you can see is much more woolly. It is more difficult to draft and I have to be very careful that the thread doesn't break. Once I get in my stride with it, it will be just fine. I just have to take care because after using the merino, followed by the mixture of Alpaca and silk, this one is tougher to use.
and I'm pleased with the result so far :)
Saturday, 6 April 2013
This beautifully coloured roving was one of my Christmas presents and I've just started spinning with it. It came from Miss Babs, via The Yarn Haven shop in Knoxville.
I have no idea if it was expensive. I've seen Tops at all different prices, more and less. I look in the Etsy shop usually. Perhaps one of you could give me a guide price as to what you would expect to pay in England for this roving?
The colours are varied in this lovely roving. There is everything from purple to brown and I couldn't wait to get started. After the last three months spinning with a mixture of Alpaca/silk and prior to that Merino, I had to practise a little. This yarn is much more woolly and more difficult to draft. I spent a while practising until I felt comfortable with it and then I started.
Here is the spun yarn. I'll come back and show you later when I've done some plying.
As a contrast, this is the Alpaca/silk spun up.
and this is the Targhee:
All quite different.
I enjoy my spinning. It's a great way to relax.
What do you do to relax?
Friday, 8 March 2013
I decided that if anything I was going to be short so I've knitted the back, front and sleeves up to the armhole and no further. I figured that I would definitely have enough yarn for that and if I run out, I can buy something similar to finish it off. Contrast might even be better. Then I'll have a different problem to cope with, that of the thickness of the yarn, not the length. I'll worry about that when I come to it.
Time for another picture:
This is how the front panel knits up.
I'll be back to show you how I'm getting on later.
In the meantime, sometimes I knit up a scarf...