Friday, 31 October 2014

A long debate

I have a very special auntie who asked me to make something for her.  A few years ago, I made one of these for her.

The Fan Neckwarmer by Tania Marshall.  I made a few of these several years ago for her and my mom.  Sadly, my auntie is allergic to wool.  The real kind of allergy.  I made hers out of a silk and wool blend, and she said she uses it because it does such a good job of keeping her warm.

But she would like some in a fibre she can tolerate without hassle, and she would like a few different colours.

I would love to give her an army of them in a lofty silk, but that would be hard to afford, and really, I am not so sure that silk is the only right answer anyway.  I am going to make a trip to the yarn store this weekend, to see what I can find, but I am also looking at some of the wonderful Prism colours  from Mary Maxim.

I'm thinking some Simply Soft too.  That is such a nice soft yarn and it has always had that little bit of sheen.  It looks like Mary Maxim has a whole bunch of other new yarn blends so I will have to spend some time looking there too.

If anybody can think of a really good, non animal fibre yarn, that will be snuggly and hold up to the dramatic shaping this project relies on, please let me know.

Your help is much appreciated!

Thursday, 30 October 2014


I love books, books of all kinds.  And I have a lot of them.  I know this from the shelf building and box hauling of books that I did earlier this year. These are my knitting books.

Well, not just my knitting books.  There are also crochet books, embroidery books, miniature books.

A lot of them have been looked at lovingly, but not worked from.  Some of them were only ever bought for the pleasure of looking at, if I admit the truth fully to myself.  Its kind of like my cookbooks. 

There is another full shelf and a half that you can't see here. All cookbooks.

 Use them?  Nah.

I can live with most of the books being just for pleasure, but it sort of irks me with the knitting books.

A while ago, I decided to knit things from my books rather than buying a pattern.  for everything I want to knit, there surely is a pattern somewhere here that will be quite perfect for any imaginable yarn.

So these days, when I think about yarns that I would like to work with next, I start thinking about my books.  

I know what sweater will be next.  Its a pattern from a Lopi book.  
Darn, I can't find it this morning, and I don't remember the name.  H something.  Anyway, that is the sweater that is up next.  

But the shawl?  I haven't sorted that out. And I keep thinking of the books and all those lovely patterns in books.  That is my plan for this weekend.  To pull out some books and see what strikes my fancy in my books. Cheryl Oberle's shawl book.  Victorian Lace, Estonian Lace.  Lopi Lace, Shetland lace.  And all the bits in between.

Lovely shawls, pretty yarns, challenging knitting. Or not as the case may be.

Realistically, the knitting of this shawl won't begin till after Christmas, but still, its nice to plan.  It will be interesting to see if my choices are guided by my chilly office. 

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Sleeves, Part Duex

You wouldn't think there would be a part two with sleeves would you?  But there is.

As I was meandering about the house on the weekend, I kept moving two balls of yarn around.  I moved them at least 3 times as I was doing everything but knitting.  it struck me that I really needed to put them away or knit the blessed things up.   

It was two balls of black London Tweed.  It belongs to my basic black sweater

which no longer looks like this.  I took the overly heavy collar off and added length to it and I thought it was fine. I still had these two balls of yarn left and I have decided to add long sleeves.  Or if not long, whatever I can get out of 1 ball for each sleeve, sleeves.  

My office at work is really chilly.  I am kind of wishing I had the heavy too warm collar again.  But it is much more versatile this way, for the long haul and will serve me better with just a plain band.  

The longer sleeves are just because I can and it is still cold at work. Saturday, after I knit 3 and a half sleeves on that wee red sweater, I needed to work on something different.  So I worked on making these sleeves longer.

Yeah that's different all right.

The first sleeve is almost complete.  It doesn't take long with a bulky yarn and bigger needles.  Plus I know exactly how to decrease these puppies so they fit right.  

Nice easy knitting.  But still sleeves.