Monday, 29 August 2011

Stolen stitches - orchid thief

This summer seems to have been one for knitting patterns by Ysolda Teague. The latest pattern to be finished is the elegant Orchid Thief. Knitted in Lang's Jawoll Magic, the shawl took just over one ball. Ysolda noted that this would be a tight fit. I ran out of yarn 4.5 rows before the end. Fortuneately there was another ball at home. In blocking the edges have ended up slightly ruffled, it's not meant to be like this but I quite like it.

My Orchid Thief

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Where sea and sky meet

The sound of waves crashing on the sea shore booms across the valley. The threatening storm has turned to sunshine and we finally managed to go to the beach to take some pics. Looking out of the window you would be forgiven for thinking that we're on a distant Greek Island. However, we are in Cornwall in the hidden village of Seaton (not to be confused with a village of the same name in Devon).

I've brought a variety of UFO's with me, including Liesl a beautiful little jacket by Ysolda Teague. This project began as a mindless spinning project at the end of term. Yarn made of Merino, BFL and Tencel fibres. The Tencel giving and irridescent glow to the yarn so that it looks like Mother of pearl.

This project was a quick knit - although I left six weeks between spinning and knitting the project. It only took a couple of days to knit. I love the picot bind-off found on the sleeves and hem although some would say that this is too much. It's light to wear and took a lot less yarn than I thought. This sort of project would make an ideal gift, it doesn't take too long to make and produces a stunning result. Thank you Ysolda, for annother stunning pattern.

Saturday, 6 August 2011

Rivendell Rainbow

At the end of term, I felt the urge to spin rather knit. It seemed to take less concentration
. This roving was bought from babylonglegs - 100g of Falkland roving which was spun into yarn with appropximately a DK weight with 299 metres.

Although the meterage is limited, I wanted to make a shawlette. The yarn is self-striping. Although I love the Citron Shawl, I didn't want to run out of yarn, so I've adapted idea behind the pattern and am designing my own.

Knitting this shawl began with a beaded cast-on and ruffled edge, the rest of trial and error. For some reason the pics won't appear in the order of posting but I'll let them speak for themselves.