After months of dragging my feet (ha ha) on the gift for my SP8 spoilee, I've finally finished them! Posh Yarn's cashmere/merino blend in Pillar Box, knit on 2.5mm needles. I found the yarn a bit of a pain to knit with because it was splitty but I loved the fabric it produced. Now they are washed and OMG! they are to-die-for soft. Go out and buy this yarn now! You won't regret it and your feet will love you forever.This seems to have triggered a finishing frenzy similar to a great white shark's feeding frenzy. Well, okay, maybe I exaggerate slightly... I've finished two other projects. :-)
Meg's gloves! Finito!! Just in time for the Aussie summer!!! Oh well, like she said there'll be another winter next year. Sorry Meg! The hat is next on my list of things to do. I've got plenty of yarn left. I love knitting with my handspun. There is something very special and satisfying knowing that I've made something completely from scratch. Dyed, spun and knit all by me. :-)
I've also finished and felted my French Market bag. Yarn courtesy of my SP8 spoiler. It took three trips through the washing machine and ended up slightly smaller than I wanted but was too floppy (technical term) before the third wash. The two pics are before and after felting. Before felting the bag was 58cm long (just below the handles) and 40 cm deep (from the middle of the bottom to just below the handles.) The ruler in the 'unfelted' picture is 40cm long. After felting the bag is 28cm deep (from middle of bottom to lip excluding handles) and 39cm wide just below the handles. Its still wet at the moment and has the indignity of having a stock pot stuck in its innards to help with shaping. (Pot removed for pics of course!)
So, I'm feeling smug! Its been sooooo long since I finished anything. I'm thinking of knitting something substantial. Something like a sweater. Possibly from Alice Starmore's Fishermans Sweaters. Hmmmmm....
I'm going to the Knitting and Stitching show at the NEC on Thursday 14th September. Anyone else going that day?
I appear to be channeling Homer Simpson. Read the comments on my most recent Saturday Sky post. Doh!