Monday, 23 January 2012

I may be some time

My room is being shown who's boss: the books have been mercilessly shelved, the shifting glaciers of paper shoved in the direction of the recycling bin, and the wool is next on the list. So many projects are at 'nearly there' stage at the moment that I'll have to wear blinkers while sorting the stash to avoid getting any ideas that must be acted on immediately.

Thursday, 24 November 2011

The C-word

A WIP so ancient it has moved house with me three times finally got frogged and made into something slightly useful. For about three days I was consumed with a perverse urge to crochet. I don't know what came over me, but I got a really long, violently garish scarf out of it.

The yarn is a mixture of odds and ends I got in a pack of random bits from Colinette, along with some turquoise silk of dubious provenance.

The pattern, such as it was, started with making a huge crochet chain, longer than the scarf I wanted. I did a row of double crochet in turquoise and then one-row chain stitch stripes of the other yarns in a semi-random pattern, with the turquoise reappearing at regular intervals, until I ran out. Then I finished it off with another row of double crochet in the turquoise. I started each row at the same end, never turning the work, because I prefer the way each side looks like that. Long 'tails' left at each end made the fringe easy.

Next time I get a midwinter craving for colour I know where to look!

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Natural dyeing experiment

Once I dared dive into the natural dye powder pack I was kindly given a couple of years ago, I came up with a lot of delicately coloured BFL/tencel roving.

Three ply smooshiness has finally resulted...and I've almost got all of the indigo out of the carpet ; )

It's not as washed out as the photos, but a lot more subdued than my usual taste. Might be nice for a baby.

Saturday, 30 January 2010

Rainy day fibre

I've been hanging on to this incredible fibre from Limegreenjelly for ages, stroking it gently and demanding that passers-by admire it. If I stroked it much more it was going to felt, so I've started a 3-ply that should mix all the colours up surprisingly.

The photos wash it out a lot, as usual. It's got just about every colour I can think of somewhere in it but they all look perfectly suited in real life. If I tried dyeing anything like that it would end up muddy brown, but these spots of colour only blend together in interesting ways where they meet. Limegreenjelly is a genius and I MUST HAVE MORE.

Now that I'm spinning up the cashmere/merino/silk, the top petting fibre spot is taken by a precious 20g of Vicuna. It was Wingham Wool Work's subscriber offer this month and I couldn't resist seeing what it was like. It feels barely-there and buttery like cashmere, but more solid at the same time. Yum!

Friday, 11 December 2009

What has happened to me?

As the year of reluctantly-non-selfish knitting draws to a close, I'm very happily knitting a Christmas present for my brother. This is not like me at all - deadline knitting! - but it's something I've been wanting to make for years, and I'm absolutely loving it so far. When you notice that an idea you've toyed with for ages perfectly matches yarn you happen to have lying around, you might as well give up and cast on. I've lost my camera so no photies yet, but it's a very, very silly hat to add to the silly hat collection that the male members of my family cultivate. It involves various fair isle patterns combined to represent my brother's (and my father's) favourite things, and the landscape around the family home. Some wavy, sea-like bits are near the brim, followed by a section of prancing people, then some trees, then some mountains at the top. I imagine a pompom or three might be called for.

Friday, 6 November 2009


I'm facing another long dark weekend of the soul (why did I ever think a PhD sounded fun?) but I'm knitting a handspun cashmere moebius, so all is well.