All knitting, all spinning, all the time

All knitting, all spinning, all the time

Tuesday, 28 December 2010

The magic of blocking

It never fails to amaze me the difference that blocking makes.
Here is Icarus before:

Here's some detail of the point of the triangle. You can't quite make anything out (& it's all lumpy, bumpy & 2-minute-noodle-like).

And after a nice warm bath with some wool mix:

And here's the point of the triangle again. This time you can see the "feathers" in all their glory.

Amazingly, this only weighs 55 grams & measures a whopping 72" across the wingspan, & 36" deep.
I love it! (I wonder what I can do with the leftovers?)

Thursday, 16 December 2010

Some more FO's & a touch of insanity

As promised, here are some more piccies of FO's.

First up, these are my first ever commissioned socks!

Next we have a pair of Pyroclastic socks in Evoke's Cash 4ply (10% cashmere - very lush).

They have a really groovy shaped arch that hugs your foot beautifully (even if they are a wee bit on the snug side). Love 'em!

And lastly is a little touch of insanity (what was I thinking?!). This is going to be an Icarus shawl in Evoke's Caress Cobweb. The meterage on this one is a staggering 1200 meters to 100 grams!! Very yummy though, & squishably soft - 70% baby alpaca, 20% silk, & 10% cashmere.

The colour is "merlot", & it's actually a second - there are a few spots of a brighter red here & there that aren't meant to be there, but you have to look really close, & it's not obvious. 3.25mm needles if you're curious about that sort of thing. There's a 5 cent coin to give you some sort of an idea how fine this yarn is. I've never knitted with anything this fine before - I must be mad. (I have visions of this becoming an eternal shawl 2.0)

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

4 FO's.

I may have been absent from the blog for a while, but I definately haven't been absent from my knitting!
I'm still struggling to find inspiration though ...

I asked my beautiful daughter what I should knit (not socks, which is her usual response). "How about a facewasher?"
Half a day later, & I have this cutie kitty facewasher finished. It's in her favorite colour when she was just a littlie - "lellow!" It has sparkles too. (I can now post the photo, as she has it in her hot little hands.)

Hmmm, what next? I need something else to break the monotony of socks. Stash-diving produced a few balls of 8ply acrylic in that self-patterning design I find so irresistable.

Meet a little size 2 jumper destined for the market bag.
Now what? Socks!

Swirly girl pattern, in a poorly chosen yarn -it fights the pattern a bit too much.
More socks!
Birch leaf socks knitted in Evoke's scrummy Drift 4ply in colour Apple. My photo sucks, so have a look at Elissa's much better ones. I gave these socks to her. I love this yarn - it's so squooshy & soft.
That's it for finished projects for now, but I do have two(!) more pairs of socks on the go. One pair of Pyroclstics in Evoke's Cash 4ply Sock yarn (yes, it has cashmere in it!), & I've just been commissioned for another pair of plain(ish) socks for Christmas. My first paid pair! Pics will be posted when they're finished.