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Sunday, 25 October 2009

Current woolly squeezes...............

aka what I'm working on.I started this on Friday, a new hat for me. It'a Celtic cable pattern, for the band, the stitches being picked up around a long edge when the band is completed. I dyed the wool quite a while ago, all food colourings; it's quite attractive knitted up, and I'm pleased with it so far. Any easy pattern of only 8 rows, but looks impressive!

It's been a while since I did a completely original design bigger than a hat, so I'm about to launch into a Charleston inspired sleeveless pullover for myslef - that's Charleston as in Bloomsbury group, not the dance lol. The colours in my Rowan stash are just right for this:

I maanged a couple of hours spinning this afternoon too - perfect indoor work for a chilly late autumn Sunday. This is washed Suffolk, spun from teh fleece, noc arding. It's nicet o spin, quite "woolly", and I'll do enough for what I have in mind, then have a go with the new acid dyes I got a while back, which I've never sued before, so that should be fun.

Thursday, 22 October 2009

Ravelry love

I love Ravelry. For me, it's one of the best things to appear on the knit-net in a long time! There is such enthusiasm, such willingness to share, friendliness and co-operation; well, that's how it's been for me so far. Seeing into the knitting worlds of others is great fun, and very inspiring. Some of my favourite bits:

-viewing others' projects
-plenty of links to knitting blogs and websites
-contact with knitters and other craftspeople all over the world
-the queue facility is a stroke of genius, but I'll never get them all done lol
-a daily visit to see what wild and whacky new groups ahve started
-lots of little niches for specialist topics and knittings
-good way of keeping up to date with what's happening in knitting worldwide
-shows you're not the only mad one around!

Finished shawl and some bunting!

Another two thing done now, both private commissions. Pleased with the way they turned out. Loads on the lsits still to do - gloves for an order, tea cosy for an order, some knitted rosettes, Sanquhar glvoes, Christmas knitting...........I love an endless list LOL

Friday, 16 October 2009

Feather and fan in purples

I'm enjoying knitting another \Feather & \Fan shawl, this time for an order. It's in a Sirdar yarn, not normally something I'd choose, but in three shades of lilacs/purples, and the yarn has a good drape on it which will suit the finished garment I hope. Nice to knit with, easy pattern, nearly finished.

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Hallowe'enie beanie

Mark II ...........I tookt he one below out, as I wasn't happy with the roll of the brim - it obscured part of the cats' legs, so you couldn't get the full effect of the black cat. So, here it is, much happier with this, ready to send off for a forum swap. Quite fancy one myself now..............

Monday, 12 October 2009

Hallowe'en hat

Thought this wa a bit more interesting than the plain orange, but still with Hallowe'en type colours. It's for a forumj swap I'm taking part in; nice to knit up, quite quick, lovely soft wool - Patons Fairytale Colour 4 Me DK; it's labelled as baby wool. Hope to finish it today.:)