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Saturday, 10 November 2012

Herdwick wool

This is one I've never knitted with but the sheep are beautiful :)

I was lucky enough to win a cone of Herdwick wool on e-bay, and it was delivered this morning; big cone of 31oz (879g approx), so plenty of scope there for experimenting as well as knitting. Interested to see how it fulls and weaves too. It's an aran weight in a lovely natural grey/brown. It's fairly rough to the touch, but would make great rain resistant hats I reckon so that might be one avenue to explore with it. I missd out on a cone a short time ago on e-bay but I suspect this is the same one, re-listed just waiting for me :)

Beatrix Potter kept a small herd of them

Will report back when I've worked with it and see how it goes.

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Whoever knew..............

..........  that cobweb weight wool was made in such gorgeous colours?  I do now..........  :)

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Rainbow scarf

Made a nice change to work on something a bit different. this scarf is done lengthways in  one of the Kauni wools, which is lovely to use. turned out that each stripe more or less matched the wool, so it's not quite as random an effect as I thought it would be, but am pleased with it. Will be going into the  Pocaid shop next week.

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Wool/silk beret

Very pleased with this just off the needles last night. I took part in an October KAL via Facebook, run by a lovely girl who has Shuttermonkey Designs. Really enjoyed knitting this, uncomplicated but very pretty. I omitted the beading, but that is an option for the centre of the wee flowers. Teh design is 'Forget-me-not', and is also used in a shawl

Amnda clark is the designer's name, and she and her patterns can be found on Ravelry - do have a look :)

This is my version, knitted in a lovely soft blend of wool and silk in a really pretty sea green, bought from e-bay a couple of months back.

This one shows the beautiful pattern created by the increases, as the beret is knitted fro the top down