Monday, 13 September 2010

The Deep Dark Wood

I've just finished another project. The pattern is Idlewood, by Cecily Glowik MacDonald. I used Jamieson & Smith 2 ply jumper weight, holding it double. It's my new favourite. I love the yarn, I love the pattern, it feels cosy and warm and will be perfect for windy winter walks by the sea! The yarn is 100% Shetland, which has to be my favourite breed of sheep - it has plenty of crunchy texture, without compromising on softness. Love, love, love it! I made the jumper a bit shorter, omitted the pockets (which I liked, but were a bit of a no-no for my body shape) and adapted the number of raglan increases for my bust size.

Friday, 3 September 2010

Some Dyeing and More Celery

I have been busy dyeing and I'll open my etsy shop soon. These are some of the yarns and fibres you'll see in my first update:

I have also finished another Celery. I really wanted to knit one that fitted me a bit better, so I had another go, in TML Butter this time. I knit a swatch and blocked it and went on my merry way knitting away my Buttered Celery. When it came to blocking time, guess what? Huge again. I almost cried.

After much internal debate (oh, ok and reading lots of other people’s projects and forum posts) I decided to do the unthinkable and stick it in the tumbler. Hey presto! Now it fits!

It went in quite wet and came out almost dry. I wet blocked the collar and front bands again because they had gone a bit crinkly and all was well again. I’m still to do that with Beetroot and will post new pictures when I do.

Anyway, here it is: