Sunday, November 30, 2008

Testing, Testing...

I volunteered to test knit the pattern for Dee of Posh Yarn's Winter Cottage Mittens Kit. It's fabulous pattern. If you were one of the lucky people who bought a kit - you're in for a treat!

The yarn is Posh Yarn 'Lucia' and there are four different colourways all using natural, undyed yarn for the contrast. The colour I chose for the test knit was Pansies and I also bought a kit in Woodland.

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I only have one knit up so far. I'm going to go up a needle size and possibly do a thumb gussett too.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Cowl!

Cowls are the new scarves!

At least, they are where I'm concerned. I love wearing scarves but I lose interest in knitting them because they seem sooooo endless. Enter the cowl. Especially cowls knit with handspun yarn. Quick to knit, warm and less bulky under my coat than a scarf - what's not to love?

This cowl is quite plain but I think it looks nice in the Fyberspates merino/tencel I blogged about in the last post. I've been wearing it a lot and it's very warm and snuggly. I used the My Favourite Cowl pattern by Bonne Marie Burns which is available on Ravelry as a free download.


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Full details on Ravelry.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Spinning

Time to catch up on the spinning I've been doing over the past few months.

Spunky Eclectic Merino in 'Mud Season', the Spunky Club fibre from March '08. I got 916m out of the 8ozs. I haven't decided what to use it for yet so it's been stashed.
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Fyberspates Merino/Bamboo blend, no colour name just 'blue, green, pink'. I got 163m out of 100g and found this a bit of a challenge to spin. The bamboo seemed to really want to clump together. For all that, I love it because it is really soft and has a nice lustre. I was trying for a thicker yarn here and was quite pleased with the result. I've used this for a project which I'll blog soon.
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Fyberspates Merino/Tencel blend 'Toffee' colourway, 197m from 100g. This is sooooo shiny and lovely. I've got a real thing for Tencel! I attempted to ply this more tightly and got a more squooshy yarn from it. This is stashed awaiting inspiration for a project.
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Spunky Eclectic BFL 'Monkey Farts', 207m from 4ozs. I bought this purely and simply because I loved the name! It spun up really nicely and is another one stashed awaiting a project.
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Handpaintedyarn.com Merino 'Wooden Rose', 500m from 100g. Love this colour! Stashed awaiting project.
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Spunky Eclectic Corriedale/Alpaca blend 'Tequila Sunrise', 341m from 4ozs. Stashed awaiting project.
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Fyberspates streaky Merino/Tencel 'Leprechaun', 63m from 100g. No plans to use this for anything! It was an experiment to retain as much of the character of the unspun fibre as possible. It's not really my style of yarn but it's fun to break out of the usual spinning routine occasionally.
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Well, that, in a nutshell, is most of the spinning I've done this year! :-)

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Hundertwasser Socks

This is another pair of socks I finished knitting a while ago. The yarn is Opal Hundertwasser colour #1432 and was a gift from my bestest friend, Meg, who bought it from Austria for me. She also bought a skein for herself and mine was a thanks-in-advance present for knitting her a pair of socks. So the German yarn was bought by an Australian on holiday in Austria, given to another Australian living in the UK to be knit into socks and posted to Australia. Well travelled and extremely international yarn! These, however, are mine, mine, all mine!

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Full details on Ravelry.

Monday, November 03, 2008

Tiger, Tiger Burning Bright

I finished these socks ages ago but in my blog-slacker mood haven't posted about them. They're Opal Rainforest 'Tiger' knit on 2.25mm dpns and 2mm just for the toes. I luffs them, I does.

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Details on Ravelry.