in the stash · knitting

To knit or not to knit…?

As I wrote in my previous post, I’d bought some gorgeous West Yorkshire Spinners wool recently to knit a shawl and a hat for my friend. The wool is very soft, but being a 100% sheep wool, it has these tiny fuzzy hair, which made me wonder if it would be comfortable to wear it around the neck, next to skin? Well, to find out I designed an almost scientific experiment (alright, not exactly, there’s no control trial and the sample is too small, but let’s say it’s enough for my home-based, yarny science) 😉

First I soaked one skein really well in Eucalan, which I love not only for its softening properties, but also because it’s no-rinse, which is great when you need to hand wash knitted clothes. I was a little worried that the wool would get tangled, but nothing like that happened.

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Eucalan bath

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Socks!

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This messy pile above is my sock collection – all pairs of socks and leg warmers that I’ve knitted except those that were made for someone else and one pair which felted in the laundry – even though the yarn was supposed to be machine washable! They don’t look to well because I don’t ever bother with blocking socks after washing, thankfully on the feet their looks improve a lot.

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general ramblings · knitting

Cold

Autumn is officially here now and even my cats noticed that. It’s much less common these days to see them like this:

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Instead, they started sleeping in their cat houses again to keep themselves warm and cozy.

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And Stella spends more time on my lap, which isn’t very comfortable when I’m sitting on the chair trying to type, but I still enjoy her purring and her soft fur next to me. So much better than a hot water bottle!

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clothing · knitting

Autumn Top

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I bought Debbie Bliss Rialto 4-ply merino yarn to knit a simple, basic cardigan. This yarn is almost neutral, pale blue and green combination that looks gray on darker days, so I thought it would be perfect to wear over other, more intense colours.

But then I changed my mind of course. It happened when I found the Walk Along pattern by Ankestrick on Ravelry. It’s exactly the kind of top I love – longer, lose-fitting and I really like the mock two-layered structure. So I decided to use my Debbie Bliss yarn for it, and add some Clover Cottage hand dyed yarn in Sirius colourway as the second colour. I’d prefer to reverse the colour scheme, but I don’t have enough of Sirius for that, and I’m still happy as it is.

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clothing · knitting

Finished!

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Hurrah! My Appleby Pullover is ready!

Thanks to everyone who commented on my previous post and shared your seaming knowledge and experience – I read everything carefully, followed the advice and managed to finish the sweater. But first I took a week long break from it, which let me return to this project with new energy. And I definitely needed that energy, as seaming took about three hours!

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Stuck

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The long planned pullover for my boyfriend is finally almost ready, and all pieces are blocked. All it still requires is sewing up and knitting the neckband – sounds simple, right?

Not at all. I’ve never experienced such a mental block with any project before. Each time I prepare everything for seaming, I spend a lot of time worrying, thinking and analyzing, only to put it away in the end. Ouch…

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