For those of you who do not know, Jenny and I had a challenge which was to spin 5ogm of cashmere/wool tops and see what we could knit with it and this is what I eventually ended up with. I say eventually as I tried a few attempts at getting the gauge and size right. Using my niddy noddy which is 72inches I had roughly 116yds and 19wpi and I dyed it this pinky lilac colour to wear with a coat I have.I eventually found a pattern online(Knitting Pattern Central I think )that you enter the gauge and measure your hand and voila , the pattern bit came form one of my books. I do have a little ball left and I guess I should have included that in the photo !! I did think of using it to crochet some flowers to go on top , but I am not sure they need it.
I also did some felting with Jenny and this is my first attempt and I have to say I am really pleased with it ; I used the book 'Simply Felt by Docherty & Emerson ' for the design and I have to say I love the colour combination. I lined it and made a little pocket for a phone with some silk I found in the charity shop . I can see how addictive felting can be ,so am looking forward to doing something else.
This is the Rollin'Beret from Woolly Wormhead which I really like. I used to wear a beret as part of my school uniform and never thought I would wear one again but after trying a few on lately I have decided I like them.
Had to try it on this plant pot first though !!
I did knit it longer than the pattern as for me it didn't have enough 'rollin' for me,or I've got a big head !! I liked the quirky 'tail'
Last but not least this is a piccie of Tony's spinning ; isn't he doing well. This is some Gotland tops which I bought recently and hopefully enough to knit into a jumper for him ....and NO he is not taking up knitting ( might have been handy to get some help with the back log of UFO's !! ) but does fancy weaving (more about that later )
I have had a busy couple of weeks lately and even had a trip to Winghams where I spent a small fortune on goodies which you will turn up here in one form or another at some point . At the moment on my wheel I have a treat of some merino, rainbow dyed which I am using to make a friend a beret . I have to say it is a treat to use the prepared rovings/tops but as I have a few more fleece arriving in the next few weeks I will have to make the most of this luxury. I have decided that from now on before I spin any thing I am spinning for a project ; lovely though these one off mixtures I have done are, my ambition is and always has been to spin to knit so that I have the satisfaction of seeing something from start to finish. Mind ,it is lovely sometimes to just 'play' to see what you can come up with !!
Blogger has been a pain, as I have tried to do this post for the last couple of days and I wanted to post a photo of a moebius scarf I have knitted in homespun yarn but it won't let me, plus some yummy yarns I have dyed.... Ah well another day .