The cherry blossom is blooming…
I finally managed to take pictures of my two latest FOs!! I love them both. In fact, I have been wearing the raglan sweater as much as possible without worry of wearing it out before its time. It is so superbly cosy I just don’t get cold in it. At all.
Both of these pieces are Jane Richmond designs, both in a natural/ecru colour. One is what I would call more of a luxury sweater – 100% BFL, yum – and the other is my old go-to of Patons Diploma Gold DK. It’s hardwearing, easy to care for, and holds up to a lot of washing. So without further ado…
FO 1: Ladies Classic Raglan
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Blue Faced Leicester Aran
FO 2: Modified Gemini Top
I can’t believe tomorrow is the end of February already!! I’m not ready for winter to be over – apologies to those who have actually HAD snow this season and are probably fed up with it… but… really. All we have had is rain, and lots of it.
On the plus side, I have added two new sweaters, two pairs of socks and a cowl to my wardrobe so far this year. Not too bad – and definitely making progress on a couple of my not-resolutions for 2014.
It’s funny, I didn’t realise quite how important photographs are to me in my knitting/blogging life!! I have been somewhat absent from my blog over the past couple of weeks, simply because my camera is not working, and the light is too poor to take any iPhone selfie photos of my FOs here in my little cottage. Luckily, I’m visiting my parents soon so can take full advantage of one of my Mum’s lovely full length mirrors and spacious light filled house to take some pics of my two most recent and favourite FOs… my Jane Richmond Classic Raglan Sweater and a modified Gemini. Apparently I’m a bit of a Jane Richmond designs fan!
I have also been inspired after trying out the toe up socks with sweet tomato heel – which I always want to call sweet potato heel – and am trying a different heel construction. Have you ever tried the Fleegle heel? That’s next on my needles…
FO Friday!! It feels like quite a while since my last FO Friday post (er, that’s because it was…), but just a quick one today….
This is my third pair using Regia Zima, this time I made them as knee socks rather than just normal ankle socks; I tried the toe up method and learned Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off (aMAZing!!); I used Cat Bordhi’s sweet tomato heel construction. I really like them – but I have high arches so the short row heel means that the sock feels a little constrictive just over my arch. I’ll definitely try toe-up again, maybe this time with a heel flap and gusset construction.
Yesterday I had a trip into London to meet up with three lovely ladies I used to work with, about ten years ago. We try to catch up at least once a year – although we didn’t make it at all in 2013! We met for lunch on the South Bank and I happened to do a quick search for yarn shops nearby… people, I found one. It’s fantastic, called I Knit London, and is in Lower Marsh Road at the back of Waterloo Station. There’s a good range of yarn, two cute chihuahuas snoring away on the sofa (every yarn shop should have a resident canine, in my opinion), and… wonderful discovery… they sell Manos del Uruguay spinning fibre! I didn’t even know Manos sold fibre, so naturally I had to buy some. It will be my first time spinning coloured top so I’m a bit clueless about how to manage it. I think I’m going to split it into two lengthwise, then spin two singles and ply them – hoping that the colours will line up, more or less. Basically I’m going to wing it and just have some fun!
In other news, I finished my classic raglan sweater and I LOVE IT. I have been wearing it all day and it is fabulous – squishy, soft, perfect fit, and I feel good in it. So pleased!!! I will post pics as soon as I can find a willing photographer; any attempt I make at taking a selfie just looks weird.
Although I love love love knitting, as my fellow addicts will know, it is not a cheap hobby and unfortunately a lot of the projects I would love to work on are simply out of my reach. I was fortunate enough to receive a lovely knitting book and £100 (£100!!!!!!) worth of vouchers from my parents for Christmas last year. Bless them, for they truly are knitting enablers. I had been drooling over the patterns from Stranded Knits by Ann Kingstone for months, in particular the William and Corona Borealis jumpers. I love the idea of a traditional yoked sweater but with rabbits on it – very cute. So I was extremely happy to receive the generous gift of the book, and the voucher to purchase yarn for a couple of projects. Fabulous parents.
Now, despite the drooling, once I got my hands on the book and had a good look through, I realised that while I still wanted to knit most of the patterns, there are other more practical things I should work on first. This is one of the not-resolutions I made for 2014 – knitting to meet my needs rather than knitting all the shiny new things. So rather than buying yarn for a stranded knit project, I decided instead to buy for a classic raglan sweater. I chose a beautiful yarn – 100% blue faced leicester aran weight, by Debbie Bliss. It is insanely squishy and I can’t wait to wear it. I’m using Jane Richmond’s pattern Ladies Classic Raglan Pullover. I bought this a couple of years ago but have never got round to making a sweater from it yet – well, I tried once before but made such a mess of picking up stitches round the neck that I ruined the whole thing and had a hissy fit and basically killed it. I’m now older, wiser, and better at picking up stitches so hopefully will be able to control my temper if the neckband gives me problems!
I am thoroughly enjoying the simplicity of the pattern, and the dreaminess of the yarn. I may even have the finished item off the needles in the next week…!
As for my continental knitting practice washcloth… meh. It’s plodding along, but very much something I just pick up and knit on while I’m waiting for the kettle to boil or the washing machine to finish. Not extremely inspiring, but I’m sticking to it.