Well I have gone one step forward and two steps back this last week or so.It doesn't help that I have been under the weather so my brain is fugged !!
I completed the cardigan and curly whirly scarf with yarn from my stash like a good girl and what did I say in my last post .......I was going to make it a larger size , but did I ? NO, came to the end and then found another ball and remembered it was there to make the larger size . The outcome ........Kath came by today as they were out for the day and called in on their way home, so she has had a new cardi . She had also bought the same yarn and not used it so she gave me her yarn instead, back to square one!!. I am doomed to never getting my stash down ; plus she bought me yet more yarn bargains YIKES .
Still here she is modeling my FO
I also make a hat for my nieces birthday and it is being modeled yet again by my daft,adorable daughter.
So ,back to my stash I went and got out some more of the Colinette . I am making 'Asrai' in Giotto, in the shade 'Jay' which I love. I just hope this one works out as I have come to the conclusion I am not having much luck with the items I have knitted in blue !!! This last week I have frogged two other blue items , that loopy jumper disaster I made a few months ago and a shrug I made last year in Sirdar Tuscany which doubled in size after wearing a few times . I also frogged a shrug called 'Ffion' in Colinette yarns which was awful and that was in shades of blue and purple. So fingers crossed on this one,pretty please, no more 'blue frogs' I love the colour blue.
On a completely different angle....... for all of you purist, romantic's out there who rave and swoon about the sheer beauty, softness and sheen of pure wool all I can say is, buy raw fleece and all your fantasies vanish. I have bought two raw / unclean fleeces off E-bay , dirt cheap and I mean dirt. Now I don't mind the hedgerow bits,the pooey bits even but the dead ticks, oh yuck. One fleece was covered in them ; I know its been an especially bad year for ticks as we have two dogs and have had our fair share of keeping them at bay and I am normally not squeamish but this turned my already sensitive stomach .Plus I kept thinking about how uncomfortable the poor sheep must have been . Oh and I forgot , the smell was overpowering.
BUT I am not one to be beaten,so I carefully washed them so that I won't lose too much of the lanolin and raked through them so they are now clean and they smell better and are ready to be spun or be felted . So all in all I would say its worth it but I think its pot luck buying fleece unseen and hopefully I will make some yummy things out of them and know its all my own work , with the help of the sheep of course. Oh and I nearly forgot, I also got 100gm of baby alpaca fleece for 99p and it was totally clean and I am going to make some felted slippers for Emily out of that.
So I am hoping that the next time I post I will have a FO for me that I am pleased with.