Posted by Caroline in Dyeing, Knitting, socks, Spinning on March 5th, 2014
Baby Sirdal has been rescued from the bag of abandonment. I’ve finished the first sleeve and started the second although I’m not yet at the point where I can see that I’ve successfully reversed the cuff. I know from mittens, gloves and studying organic chemistry that I have terrible issues with
chirality mirrored items but because I know that I can’t see the difference I don’t often get it wrong. I take a lot of care to check that what I think I see is really what is there. In a few rows time there will be much poking and several second opinions and then I’ll leave it overnight and check it again. I know that it shouldn’t need much thinking about, I just need to do what the pattern tells me to do but that assumes that I managed to do that on the first sleeve.
I’ve got as far as setting the wheel up, I put it away for Christmas and never got it back out. I know, it’s shocking, what is the world coming to? In my defence I would like to point out that I’ve not been well. I found the samples I made when I knitted Celtic Dreams back at the end of 2010 (18 stitches, 24 rows per inch) which should serve as a staring point for the yarn for Yoho (16 stitches, 20 rows per inch). I know that some spinners have elaborate systems for storing samples and have purpose made books or cards with attached yarn and ratio notes. I have a system that works for me and it obviously does work seeing as I found the relevant samples in under a minute. My tried and tested system is that I stick things in a bag that lurks near the wheel. I have the unwashed single, the washed plied yarn and the knitted sample. Hopefully I should be able to get the yarn I need on the first attempt.
It’s still sock knitting season here although I am starting to be bored with round and round knitting which is why the last pairs have had patterns. This pair will be going away for birthday/Christmas presents and by the time they reappear I may have forgotten that the toes don’t quite match. The yarn originally had a pink and white section that was right on the very edge of being husband-acceptable but you can’t see that in the finished sock (at least not after its encounter with navy dye). Ordinarily I would have dyed the yarn before knitting it but I had no other knitting so I didn’t want to wait for it to dry. I also wanted the leftovers to be pink and that’s not going to happen if you start with navy. The easiest thing to do was to knit the socks, dye them navy and then dye the leftover yarn pink. I can recommend dyeing the socks rather than the yarn because not only does it avoid having to wait for the yarn to dry, it also avoids the work of turning a ball of yarn into a 420 yard skein to then wind the 420 yards back into a ball. The only skeining and winding that I needed to do was that of the leftovers and that was only a quarter of the work. For anyone wondering why I bought the yarn if I didn’t like the colour – I buy most of my sock yarn very cheaply in Ravelry destashes and the colour is immaterial because I know that I can change it.
Posted by Caroline in Knitting, socks, Spinning on February 21st, 2014
I’m really stretched for something positive to say although “I am not flooded” seems to be a good start. I’d like to wipe the last few weeks from my memory, I’ve been ill enough to be happy to spend my days flat out on the settee watching whatever drivel pops up on the television. There’s been no end to the sore throat, coughing and crackling chest. I’ve been too sick to knit and I reached a new low of being too sick for tea. All in all it has not been a fun February and I can’t wait to turn the page on the calendar and declare it to be March.
The antibiotics appear to be nailing my chest infection so I’m feeling a lot better. I’m not yet ready for the level of thought required to match yarn to pattern but I can cope with round and round mindless sock knitting. The black and bright pair are for my son as they meet school uniform requirements, they’re shown below non-black trousers as it’s half term here this week. (I’m keeping on looking for the positives, so I’ll say that half term has been a major win as the neighbouring school authorities have half term next week and everywhere is deserted. Cinema for seven please) I ended up knitting four heels because on two of them I managed to drop an edge stitch early in the flap and didn’t discover it until I was a stitch short after turning the heel. After all the ripping it’s a surprise that they managed to make it to the toes. The very bright pair are for my husband who in the last three weeks has not once complained about me coughing in the night time and has been cooking, ironing, shopping and covering all those other jobs that I haven’t been doing. It’s more than likely that the leftovers from these will go into the next pair of child socks because it certainly meets the requirement of “bright”. The flash has changed the colours a little but I’m not sure that it’s making them brighter than they really are. A closer look would show how much better I’m feeling because the broken rib requires me to count to two and I’m managing to keep on top of that. I’m not ready for Sirdal yet, that needs me to follow a pattern and increase every X rows and that’s still too much to even think about.
I bought a sweater’s worth of Shetland this week (another sign that I’m feeling better), it was cheap and my Celtic Dreams won’t last forever especially as I’m wearing it all day, every day. The bags of wool are currently packed away until I get back to being fully functional because there are plenty of ways I can fail in making a fitting sweater from a heap of wool. I need to check that I have enough of it and then find the sample that I made for Celtic Dreams because that will be a good starting point for the yarn that I need. I’m pretty sure that I can put my hand on the sample right away, I’m also fairly sure what I’m going to knit – top down, saddle shoulder, cables but with a higher neckline than Celtic Dreams so I don’t need to work at keeping my neck warm.
The laptop bag is now properly finished because I found the magnetic clasps. They were in my handbag and must have been there for months. I can just about recreate a scenario where I took the clasps out to show someone and dropped them back into my handbag planning to put them away later so it nearly makes sense and I don’t need to fall back on my usual explanation for the inexplicable (alien abduction). I need to make a matching phone case but I only seem to think about this when the phone is out of the house so that might take a while despite only being a ten minute job.
Posted by Caroline in Knitting, sewing, Spinning on November 13th, 2013
I’m feeling virtuous because there is no new Christmas stocking on the needles. This would be a totally frivolous knit as I’ve already got two spare stockings but I’ve still needed a lot of talking out of it. If I can hold my resolve for long enough then the fancy will pass and I’ll have seen something else that I must knit right now this minute so it’s just a case of keeping on holding on. As you can see I did finish Faberge, the ends aren’t sewn in because I don’t think that it’s going to be a keeper (I can’t wear things with ends hanging out and that’s how I can be sure that I have never worn them when it comes to getting rid of them). It turned out exactly as I wanted, a small something to fill in at the top of my two sweaters that have a big gaping neckline and it does do that I suppose but it’s not what I’m after. When tucked in it’s just plain odd looking and if I leave it floating about there’s too much of it. The textured eyelets turned out to be the same ones as in the baby jacket which came as a surprise seeing as I’d not read ahead in the pattern or knitted the recommended swatch. I can see why people get caught out with it being small, the cast on is some 480 stitches which sound like a decent sized shawl but a lot of those stitches are eliminated at the top of the rib to make it form pleats. Suddenly it becomes a much smaller triangle than you might have been expecting.
I have another finished thing, this is a real, actual finished shirt, this time complete with buttons and buttonholes, made out of fabric that I paid money for. The thing that I have been most worried about was making the buttonholes but that turned out to be a relatively straightforward process (yes, the top one is in the wrong place but thankfully it will be invisible behind a tie). The worst part of the whole project turned out to be sewing the buttons on, they are half inch buttons and small buttonholes and there is very little margin for error in placement. With my perfectionist trait fully enabled I took two buttons off and put them back on again before I decided to leave the others until the shirt has been through the wash and I’ve forgotten which ones I considered to be wrong by millimetres. This is the short sleeve version of Kwik Sew 3883. I’ll make the next one with long sleeves and when cutting out I’ll increase the seam allowance so I can make a flat fell seam, as written the pattern is assembled with 0.25″ seams and the raw edges are overcast together. That works well enough but all the rest of the shirts in his wardrobe have flat fell seams and I’m sure that I can do that even though I’ve only ever sewed a small sample and that was thirty mumble years ago at school. Other people manage it so I should be able to do it too providing of course that I have a wide enough seam allowance to start with.
This is where my self restraint went right out of the window. The postman brought me these mega rolags this morning (shown with an apple for scale). I’ve never seen anything quite like them so (purely for research purposes you understand) I had to have them. Don’t they look like fun? If I make a two ply yarn then there will be six rolags in each ply and five and two half colour changes in the length. I keep being unconvinced by that so I wrote it down to check it, it might have been less amusing had I chosen other letters but at least ABBAABBAABBA is memorable. My dog walk today was spent working out how long a piece of fabric I’d get out of each colour change if I used the hypothetical yarn with the dark brown warp that is waiting to go on the loom. I got back home with the solution but without the answer to the supplementary question of “what would that look like made into a bag?”. I’ve checked the weather report and it will be fine tomorrow morning so a longer walk may provide the answer. If the the colour changes don’t work well in the fabric lengths needed to make sock project bags then I’d like to know this before I commit myself to making the yarn.
Posted by Caroline in Dyeing, Knitting, socks, Spinning on October 20th, 2013
It’s not been a week where I’ve flown along but I did accomplish a few things. The striped baby jacket is finished including buttons. When I’ve made this before I’ve used sock scraps for the contrast colours and although it’s not hard to make the two sides match it does need a bit of effort. The sleeves were hard work last time, even putting the yarn for the second sleeve in a bag marked “sleeve” wasn’t enough to make it plain sailing and so I seized the opportunity to do something differently this time. I can rationalise with the best of them and I managed to convince myself that it made no difference to the order in which I knitted them providing that I ended up with a pair of socks and a baby jacket out of a ball of sock yarn. It didn’t really matter whether the jacket used leftovers from the socks or the socks used the leftovers from the jacket. This idea came to me because I was looking at a ball of sock yarn that was the same colour as the scraps that I’d dyed, that they matched should be no surprise given that they came out of the same dye bath. The result is that the body of the jacket uses overdyed sock yarn leftovers but the sleeves are knitted from a full ball of sock yarn.
When I finished the jacket I had just under 70g of the sock yarn left, not quite enough for a pair of socks but that didn’t matter because I had some of the other colours left from the jacket. These socks have the cuff and heel flap knitted from the true leftovers from the jacket and that was enough for the main yarn to see me to the toe. You’ll notice that the blue stripe isn’t prominent in the sleeves of the jacket, that’s because there wasn’t a stripe in the yarn then. I originally thought I’d add stripes as a way of making the 70g of yarn stretch to the toe, then I thought about all the ends that would generate and decided instead to make the cuff, flap (and toe if necessary) from other yarns. I still liked the idea of stripes though so I added a wide stripe of navy to the yarn.
I do still spin, last week I spun up a bag of merino/angora that I found as part of my tidying up, there are no photos of that because it’s gone away. It looks just like every other skein of white yarn you’ve ever seen so you didn’t miss a deal by me not taking its photo. I looked out a bag of coloured Shetland and a bag of coloured Corriedale and carded several sets of colour changing wool. When spun end to end you end up with a monochromatic gradient yarn, I’ve spun it many times before so I know exactly what it will come out like but it’s still fun to watch the colours gradually change as I spin and ply. It was so much fun that I might make another (and another).
My big plans for the loom were sidelined, I wound the warp and then read the directions for using the sectional beam. I need a metal rod and that didn’t come with the rakes so the warp is in a bag waiting for two foot of something that’s rigid but thin enough to pass through the eyes on the rakes. Thinking about it, there might be a work around – I see some research in my future.
I’m down to one knitting project now, the ugly duckling baby jacket. Glowering at it doesn’t seem to be getting it finished so it does look like I have to pick up the needles to get it done. If I don’t start anything else then there’s more chance of that happening.
Posted by Caroline in Dyeing, Knitting, Spinning, sweaters, Weaving on September 24th, 2013
Posted by caroline in Knitting, Spinning, Weaving on March 31st, 2013
For those of you in the UK who may not have heard about it – the postal rates go up this week. For the general public and those vendors who are too small to qualify for a RM online business account post will now be charged by shape as well as size. Up to 2kg is now £3 (£2.60 second class) providing it will fit through a slot 8cm by 45cm by 35 cm (or if it’s a 16cm cube or a tube of various sizes) and if it’s under 2kg but the wrong shape then it’s £5.65 (£5.20 second class). Parcel rate has been “simplified” but from where I’m sitting it doesn’t look like it. The other thing that changed is the compensation you can expect if your package is lost – it’s been more than halved to £20. Working out what to charge for combined postage was more than I could face so I declared it to be a holiday and closed my Etsy shop until I feel like dealing with the chore. (ETA – mostly done now although one cup of tea wasn’t enough)
I’ve had a few comments in real life about how strange it is to be knitting a Christmas stocking at Easter and I can’t think why. Christmas is coming and I know it’s a long way off yet but knitting stores well and I will have plenty of other things to be fretting about come November. This is one present finished (oops, the hanger) and out of the way even if I haven’t decided know who it is for. This is my third Victorian Christmas stocking, the white is something unlabelled from out of the wardrobe and the red is a ball that was condemned to the scrap bag for pooling offences. With this one I started with a provisional cast on then came back and knitted the hem last. This was because I wasn’t certain that I had enough of the white but it works better that way. If you do the facing last after having knitted the body of the stocking then you can see when it’s long enough to cover the top of the cuff. I could aim to get the facing to end exactly in the right place to sew it to the back of the braid. When I made the other stockings I was bored rigid with knitting the facing and kidded myself that it was long enough when it wasn’t but when you can see where it needs to end there’s no excuse for knitting it too short. I knitted it as written except that I added the little diamonds before the heel to reduce the length of the floats where the leg pattern finished and I used the same needles throughout, reducing the stitches in the facing by 10% to avoid it flaring. There was plenty of white yarn left but another time I still think I’d start with a provisional cast on, it’s worth it to have the facing finish in the right place.
With my Easter stocking finished I did a bit of spinning, the green is a merino/cashmere/nylon blend spun as a chained three ply for socks. They are very Spring colours but they aren’t speaking to me right now which means they are doomed to be shop stock until I feel more Spring like or have navy dye in the pan. I stuck with chained three ply for the next bobbin even though there’s no call for maintaining the colour changes when the fibre is plain brown. I do have another 50g of this roving (brown merino/possum) but it didn’t really want to be spun fine and picking out all the bits and sticks was hard work. I don’t want to face the second half, that can go and sit in the corner with the shop until I know I have to do it. I’m intending this for gloves and there’s a fair chance that I can get a pair out of 50g of yarn so I might get to ignore the second 50g altogether.
This is as far as I got before the school holidays struck. At the moment I have a couple of ends near the middle that are misbehaving but I hope that will settle down in the next foot or so. The yarn has done exactly what I wanted it to do and (so far at least) I am well pleased. It’s clearly showing three bands of colour and I’ll be happy with that, there were five in the batt but the lighter shade between the purple and the red isn’t as obvious as the others. I’ll have to go back over my calculations because I was expecting it to be wider than it is, obviously I was limited by the yardage that I had but I’m sure that there should be less space at the edges than there is. This is probably going to sit about for the next two weeks until the school routine kicks in again, I get to admire it every time I walk past the loom and it will still be there waiting for me when I have time for it.
It’s time for me to egg wash my croissants now, another experiment with dough. Photos to follow (but probably not of the first one I made)
Posted by caroline in Knitting, Spinning, Weaving on March 20th, 2013
I had hoped to show the bag I made from the not very patterned weaving I was making last week. I’ve washed it, pressed it and then was derailed by spinning and birthday cake planning so that didn’t happen. The thrummed hat is where I last left it two weeks ago, I’m not cold enough or guilty enough to get on with that just now. That leaves us with the Christmas stocking, now at the tedious heel. I’ve knitted this twice before so I knew before I started that the heel is no fun at all. It’s knitted flat so half of it is purled in pattern and some of the beaded rows are worked from the wrong side. The saving grace is that it is only seventy one stitches wide and thirty five rows long so even if I only do a few rows each night I will eventually get it finished. My knitting time is in the evenings in front of the tv so that isn’t a good fit with reading a chart. For anyone who is wondering how I can say that immediately after knitting 8″ of obviously-charted leg without complaint, well there are charts and then there are charts. The leg is a simple small pattern where all I have to do is count my way around, for example one round was 123456-3-3-3 and repeat. It doesn’t need me to look at the chart, just check now and again that the pattern is stacking up right. If I do that with the heel I have to take it back as soon as I get the right side facing me again.
Now onto the spinning, it seems to be ages since I’ve done any. Recently I’ve been making batts that change colour across the width, the set on the left is probably the one with the best photography and it shows the colour changes well (don’t bother looking for that one – it’s sold, packed and posted). You can see that there are three colours in it with some blending where they run together. When I first saw batts that looked like that I thought that they looked lovely but what would you do with them? Well now I know and I’ll share. The batts I used have three colours in four stripes but the colours are closer together, there’s a purple shade, a light lilac, a burgundy and then the light lilac again. What I’m aiming for is something like this but wider seeing as I have a bigger loom now. There’s a possibility that yet again I’ve run off down the path of “so subtle I needn’t have bothered” in which case there may be emergency embellishment ahead.
I tore stripes off the edge of the batt and set them out in order, a purple one, a purple/pink, a pink, a red, a red/pink and a pink. The narrower you make the stripes the less blending you get in each length and so you get better colour separation but I was adopting the “good enough will do” method here. I spun them in the same order that they fell in the batt, made sure that I spun the second bobbin in the same order and then plyed them to get a yarn with the same colour gradient as the original batt. I had four batts (198g) and I got a little under 700 yards of yarn. It would have been good to then show the warp on the loom but you’ll have to call back next week for that. If all goes well I’ll show you the cake I made too, if it turns out to be a plain shop bought one you’ll know that everything went horribly wrong.
Posted by caroline in Knitting, socks, Spinning on February 25th, 2013
My major achievements last week were the purchase of football boots, black trousers and white shirts. From that you can deduce that it has been half term for the growing school child. The week’s shopping turned out to be less stressful than my baking, which is usually not the case at all. I made some macarons which would have been better if I’d not explored the other functions on the oven and burnt them. The setting that the manual said was “especially good for baking” appears to really be “especially good for baking much hotter than the normal fan setting”. Apart from that they were not bad for a first attempt especially after they’d stood for three days and absorbed some of the liquid from the filling. I made a peach and blueberry dessert which looked lovely when I saw it on a repeat of Great British Bake Off but which failed to deliver. I lost faith in the recipe when the first layer (of three) overflowed from the two litre dish that the recipe specified. If I was ever making it again I’d halve everything and substitute a basic crumble topping seeing as mine was soggy rather than crumbly (I have a suspicion that there was too much butter in relation to the flour and sugar). I was on safe ground with the pasta, bread and pizza and they vanished so quickly that this is the only photo I have.
I finished the second pair of green and black socks for Daniel proving that you can get two pairs of socks from 100g of black. With a blatant disregard for my eyesight I cast on for a third pair of black and leftovers. The current black yarn comes in 50g balls so one ball will make a pair of socks. I’ve found out that I don’t have enough light at night to count rows or pick up stitches but the rest of the time plain round and round socks don’t need a lot of looking at and I get on well enough.
I took this photo two weeks ago and Ophidian is exactly the same size now. It turned out to be a non starter because of the yarn. It’s a very slick superwash and I know that it’s not going to hold a block for five minutes so although I like the colour and the beads I have to concede that it’s a waste of time knitting it into anything lacy. I will rip it and put it back into the sock yarn drawer for another day. It’s difficult when you can’t touch what you are buying because not all superwash merino is as slick as this, I’ve knitted this pattern twice before with sock yarn but that wasn’t the same super slippery sock yarn as I have now.
I had some fun with the carder, I made a couple of batts from natural coloured fibre and some more from wool that I’d dyed. I have the feeling with these that I’m making something from nothing because I take little bits of fibre and make them into a big lump of something (or sometimes into other little bits of fibre). I did manage to make a significant impact on the bag of wool this week because I looked in it rather than just pulling things from the top. In the bottom was 500g of undyed fibre that belonged in a totally different bag. As if by magic the carding bag immediately became big enough to hold its contents and stopped slithering lumps of silk onto the floor.
I have to go and root through the stash now, I’ve bought a pattern that knits to three stitches to the inch on huge needles and it’s a fair bet that I have no suitable yarn. I suspect that it’s going to be character building seeing as it’s so far away from what I usually knit, I also suspect that I’m going to be holding three strands of yarn together.
Posted by caroline in Knitting, Spinning, sweaters on January 18th, 2013
I have the BBC weather page permanently in the background, the good news is that for us there’s only light snow in the forecast. Someone had told my son that there would be 10″ falling last night and I tried my best to convince him that it might be true in some places but not here. He wouldn’t listen and was disappointed to open the curtains this morning and find that it was school as usual. Told you so. Even though we’re not knee deep in snow it is still cold and windy. At times like this I think wool is a fantastic resource and the more of it I can cram on before I leave the house the better. If I have to stand idly about while my companion sniffs at lamp posts at least I can be warm while doing it. The weak point in my armour is my gloves, I didn’t knit them and I suspect that they have little or no wool in them because they aren’t very warm. This would normally have me casting on for fingers but my maternal instinct has taken over. The child must be kept warm and wrapped in wool, even though he wanders about in shirt sleeves all year around it doesn’t stop me from trying to wrap him up.
I had always intended to work this sweater from the bottom up. Top down would mean that I need to think about the collar first and I wasn’t ready for that so bottom up was the better option. I kept asking him the occasional question – do you want a hood? what about a kangaroo pocket? long cuffs with a thumb hole? but I seem to have got it right with the first sketch. All the time I was spinning the yarn I was looking at patterns to see if there was anything else I wanted to incorporate into this sweater. I came across the Cambridge jacket very early on and it was almost exactly what I wanted, it’s got a full length zip and no ribbing at the bottom but that’s not exactly hard to change. That gave me another option in that I could amend that pattern rather than starting off with a blank sheet of paper.
There comes a point when it’s not worth the effort, if you have to modify a pattern too much then you might as well work it up from scratch because it’s just as much work. The clincher was the yarn. The Cambridge jacket is designed for a tension of 19.5 stitches per four inches and my handspun knitted to 20 stitches to four inches. Suddenly it made a lot of sense to make minor amendments to someone else’s pattern especially as it got me out of having to come up with the collar. If my sweater is going to end up looking vaguely like someone else’s design then it might as well be that design I use because I don’t make a point of ripping off other people’s work and I’m not going to start now. It’s going to need some adjustments to the sizing, I’ve already changed the bottom of the body and closed up the front but it’s all minor stuff. I’m already thinking about the sleeves and I’m considering working them down to the cuff. I’ve never worked a sleeve down with short row sleeve cap shaping so that will be something new to look forward to.
The other thing I’m looking forward to is finishing the socks I have on the needles because I really do need new gloves.
Posted by caroline in Dyeing, Knitting, Spinning, sweaters on January 14th, 2013
This is the result of my first plying session. I took a shortcut with sampling because I found the piece of cardboard with a length of single wrapped around it that I used when I made the yarn for my Celtic Dreams sweater. I made a length of four ply yarn first which is what I thought I wanted seeing as that’s what I used last time but it didn’t speak to me at all and I preferred the three ply version. I didn’t knit the four ply because I knew it was going nowhere but I knitted the three ply to see if it looked like a sweater. It was slightly underplied but even so it looked respectable on a 4mm needle. The bottom of the piece was on a 4.5mm needle and it wasn’t bad for a first guess but it wasn’t right. You are probably thinking that this is a very small swatch to be basing a sweater on and you’d be right but this isn’t the swatch that determines the tension for the sweater, this is the swatch that tells me whether I’m making the right sort of yarn. The next swatch will be bigger. It may be sleeved shaped but it will be bigger.
I did fill six bobbins before I started plying although some were more full than others because I was pretty keen to see the yarn. The last two suffered from my impatience and were rather skimpy and perhaps not entirely full by any reasonable definition. I ended up with two skeins of about 220 yards apiece from about four bobbins of single. There’s a lot of “about” in there but seeing as I don’t know what yardage I want for a sweater I have no pattern for then I can’t see the point in knowing exactly how much I have. My rough guess is that I’ll need a bit under 1200 yards so I know that I have about a third of what I need so I’m not anywhere near the magical point of “enough”. If I fill these six bobbins again and ply everything then I should get another three similar skeins which will take me to the 1,000 yard mark and that’s close enough to be starting with.
I’m planning on having a contrast edging so that’s what I’ll need for the cast on row. Again I have no idea how much I will need but it won’t be a lot so although I bought 100g of the lovely dark wool I’ve only spun 30g of it. This is wool from Wingham Woolwork, its from a flock bred from NZ Halfbred and Romney and comes in two grades and four colours. This is the black which is the normal sheep black known to the rest of the world as brown. It’s been tested on merino boy and deemed to be “not scratchy” so that’s a win. I’d quite like it to be really black but the only fibre I’ve had that was truly black would be too harsh or alpaca so that’s out. My reasoning behind the contrast edge is that if he grows out of the sleeves first then it will be easy to take out the original contrast edge and knit down. The reality is that there will be little to no chance of me keeping any of the original yarn so I’m planning ahead to avoid having to match the original grey. If I need to work the contrast in a different dark shade it won’t matter, I’ll take out the edging on the sleeves and the body, add some length to the sleeves, reknit the body trim and call it good. If the new contrast doesn’t match the old yarn at the neckline it’s far enough away for it not to be too noticeable. It might seem overkill to be planning on extending the life of a sweater that I haven’t started yet but young males who are nearly 13 grow like weeds in the night.
I didn’t finish the socks, I started something else instead. This is the cashmere that I spun before Christmas now dyed in Crunchie colours and on its way to being a Honey cowl. I know that some knitters have fallen down the rabbit hole with this pattern and made one after another but I’m pretty sure that this one is my last. I know that I get three rows of fabric for every four that I knit because of the slip stitch rows but it doesn’t feel like a four to three ratio. It feels more like a two to one. Either I’ve slowed down a lot over Christmas or there’s something mindbending going on here. In some alternate reality I must be turning out piles of these because I find it hard to believe that I can knit for so long to produce so little. When it’s finished (if it ever is) it will be going straight into the gift heap to replace the cowl that was a music teacher gift in 2012.
I had to complain about the lack of daylight didn’t I? My preventative measures of snow tyres and my stockpile of frozen milk, dried yeast and bread flour might be enough to stop a single flake from falling providing I could keep my mouth shut. No, I had to whinge about the lack of light. When those grey clouds have finished unloading snow and the sun comes out (tomorrow, according to the forecast) then it should be very bright indeed.