Monday, 27 April 2009
I was lucky enough to win a pair of tickets to the Stitch and Creative Crafts show at the Royal Bath and West showground at Shepton Mallett, so MrL kindly chauffeured me there yesterday. I knew what to expect, as I had been to one a few years back. I'm not interested in a lot of the crafts on show, although I did look at most things LOL Pleased to find 4 (I think) knitting stands, one fairly commerical and "ordinary", one full of glittery and glitzy yarns, not my thing at all, and the other two were lovely. One was a commercial one, seeling brand names, but at the top end of the market. I didn't want to spend much (with a house full of fleece and a husband to keep me in check!), but couldn't resis the skein of fuschia pink cotton. This is waht the label says:
"This beautiful yarn is produced in support of the Mirasol project. By purchasing it you are contributing to the project and supporting children in the highlands of Peru. A portion of every purchase is dedicated directly to the funding of a school in the remote region of Puno."
This is them:http://www.mirasolperu.com/
The cotton is so soft to the touch, and such a sumptuous colour. I haven't decided what to do with it yet........
Thether skeins are some hand dyed sock wool form this lady:
One of my favourite stands int he whole show, for serious yarn addicts! Such beauty to stroke, and decide upon. The socks are already on the needles, dear readers, and in honour of such gorgeous yarn I have finally got around to actually designing this pair myself, my first go. I have a niggle that I rely too much on other peoples' patterns, when I'm more than capable of designing my own, so that's what I'm doing. Relly nice to knit with, and with a good elasticity so far. Will post up a pic of sock progress later.
Thursday, 23 April 2009
Knitalong - celebrating the tradition of knitting together, by Larissa Brown and Martin John Brown
I borrowed this from our library this week, but am seriously considering investing in it! Fabulous book. Definitely one for those who use the internet to augment their knitting adicitons - lots of patterns from online KALs - things I've heard about ( sock blankies, pinwheel blankets, etc), and ehre are the patterns, all in one book. Lots of inspiring pictures, patterns, comments, etc from bloggers, forumers and others.
Thursday, 16 April 2009
I cast this on last night, teh Shipwreck shawl from knitty. I'm using Rowan Damask, bought half price on Tuseday in Hanson's - couldn't resist the colourway on this, reminds me of sea glass. The shawl is destined for the Knitter's Dozen project I'm working on, for fund raising for the village hall.
Aeolian is still on the needles, need to get on with that too, and some more socks for sockamania.
Friday, 10 April 2009
These were done in an exchange for soem KoolAid for dyeing, long out of date and haunting the back of someone's cupboard. Rather than throw it in the bin, it has magically transformed into a pair of socks! Lots of KoolAid dyeing coming up soon too.
Still working on the shawl and WW2 Mittens, although they should be finished today if the weather carries on like this and I can't get out in the garden!
Tuesday, 7 April 2009
Sunday, 5 April 2009
One of the forum members on Creative Living ahd somespare, which he kindly sent on to me, and I've tried out the turquoise one already. Nice colour, but the handspun (not by me, a skein I found in my stash, from the Guild table I suspoect) turned out a bit patchy, but it whould knit up fine I think. I have a notion to knit and full with this.
I'm knitting him some socks as barter, which are on the needles, lovely grey wool which is nice to knit with, so enjoying that, first one almost done. Otherwise, it's onwards and upwards with the Aeolian shawl...........
On the dishcloth front, i'm giving the monthly and weekly patterns a rest - I'm ending up with too many at the moment, so might re-subscribe, but more likely will do my own dishcloth thing when I need them. I want to do some of my own patterns as well. Ideas forming in my head for a sponsored knit for Village Hall funds too!