Thursday, 28 February 2008
Wednesday, 27 February 2008
4 large cones (1kg each) of petrol green, bramble and rosewood, I think it is a 2ply mix, 1 strand cotton, 1 strand linen.
4 cones (2 each) of sea island cotton, 2 navy, 2 white. fine and very soft, must make a lovely kimono or summer sweater! unfortunately the way from the center to the station is quite far, so I wasn't able to carry more (as it is the extension to my arms must be permanent by now:)), but I was quite happy reaching home safely with this lot! but maybe it's partly a good thing after all not to have the center closer to my home - or having a car to go there more often! or my room would really be bursting open!
Monday, 25 February 2008
Kaz' blog shows fascinating pictures about her weavings - pure joy to the eyes!
Saturday, 9 February 2008
Wednesday, 6 February 2008
I have also changed my mind about using the alpaca from hummingbird for (bed) socks! when I had done the first dickey, I decided that it might be the perfect yarn for doing a second one for a friend who likes a warm neck anyway! the "pheasant" colourway looks very pretty on this - and the kingfisher is going to end up similarly, I'll just make it smaller for myself and add a different border on the bottom. the original pattern only had a simple cast-off row, but I wanted to use up all the yarn (one skein with 150 g will suffice) and making it larger doesn't make much sense, because it reaches the shoulders as it is and wouldn't fit under a jacket or coat otherwise. I started to knit an attached i-cord all around the bottom, but where the two knit stitches are, I did a normal i-cord for several rows, which was attached with the next stitch. this formed small holes between the two knit stitches and a little "triangle" to accentuate the shape. I am quite pleased with this and it was a great success at the last meeting of the land guild (even though someone suggested it might be a kilt for a small girl:)). of course a crochet border just like the first one would have worked too, but it didn't make as much sense for a multicoloured yarn.
I also spun up some of the pre-drafts and fibres I received in the "surprise" parcel - and decided that this would be the perfect material for special garments, where I don't have the time to really do handspun, but still want something luxurious (in the upper photo, the yarn in the middle is silk/linen, the grey at the bottom is superwash wool/silk, lovely and soft!). so I placed quite a large order (I think 20 kg of yarn and fibres qualify for "large", even for me!) at wollpoldi in germany. this should take care of quite a few planned birthday presents - we have lots of "round" birthdays in 08 and 09! my DH is going to be 50, (DS will reach 10, but then at his age every birthday is special:), my mother and MIL have round ones too next year! and some for christmas 08 (yep, I am planning way ahead this time!) and normal birthdays too. I bought 3,6 kg of cotton chenille yarn too, enough, I hope, for three snuggly pillow covers and an afghan - not for myself of course, but all will be revealed later..... (can't give my presents away, you never know who reads the blog:)