Friday, 30 August 2013

Books That Knit

So, I read Truman Capote's Breakfast at Tiffanys the other day.  Not a bad read.  I liked the narrator. 

But anyway, knitting reference:

"Sunday was an Indian summer day, the sun was strong, my window was open, and I heard voices on the fire escape. Holly and Mag were sprawled there on a blanket, the cat between them. Their hair, newly washed, hung lankly. They were busy, Holly varnishing her toenails, Mag knitting on a sweater."

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Sunday, 25 August 2013

Something Done

So, I recently finished these Simple Skyp Socks.  They were a fun, quick knit and I think they look pretty cool. 

The yarn is Cascade Heritage Sock that a kind swap partner on Ravelry sent to me.  It looked great in the hank but I'm always worried about how variegated yarn will knit up.  This stuff worked out pretty well, it basically came out stripey, which I like.  The pattern is nice and simple for showing off the yarn anyway.

And here is a picture:

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Sunday, 18 August 2013

Etsy Update

I just listed some of the yarns I spun for the TDF in my Etsy shop.  I am really happy with how all of these spun up, but I love the purple/blue one which was made from some Woolgatherings fibre - a blend of Merino, Yak and Silk.  A beautiful blend to spin and I'm sure it will be amazing to knit.  Check 'em out!

Monday, 12 August 2013

Saturday, 10 August 2013

What's on the Wheel

Well, these two are actually off the wheel already, and one of them wasn't actually on the wheel at all as it was spun on my new Turkish spindle, but anyway...this is what I've been spinning recently.

The first one is from Inverleigh Farm in Victoria.  It's 100g of chocolate brown Corriedale, I've spun it to a DK weight for about 180m.

And this is the one I spun on my spindle.  I haven't used a spindle for ages - it's just too slow for me.  But as I was on holidays while the TDF was on and still wanted to spin I bought myself a nice Turkish spindle.  I must admit I enjoyed spinning on it quite a bit, I think I prefer to spin in public more than knit.  The fibre is New Zealand Merino from Maude and Me in the Alachu colourway.I've spun it to a 2ply lace weight.  There is about 240m for this 50g.  I do have another 50g and I guess I'm going to have to spin it on the spindle to match this, I really like how it came out and maybe I'll actually use it to knit something!