Wednesday, November 21, 2012

An Amazing Project

The talented Kate Davies is at it again, collaborating with Juniper Moon Farm on an incredible project entitled "The Shepherd and the Shearer".  You must check out what they are doing, it is something that I wholeheartedly believe in.

On that subject...that of long wearing wool yarns....I have to add my own opinion.  I love super, smooshy, soft exotic natural fibres, including finer wool breeds.  BUT, they do not wear like old fashioned, coarser wool yarns, especially for outer wear.  I have gone on and on about the virtues of this type of wool before, both on the blog and in person speaking to people.  I love my local mill for this very reason, they use mixed breed wool fibre to make their yarns and blankets.  Some batches are softer, some coarser, but all in all this is a great all purpose yarn for outwear, mitts, hats and socks.  I've heard many people argue that "it's scratchy" or "hard", only to see those people shivering and uncomfortable in our damp, cold, maritime climate because they are wearing fabrics that don't match the environment, and have to turn around year after year and replace these same articles of clothing with more of the same.  Like the article at Juniper Moon Farm about her lovely 20 year old sweater, I have a sweater that I knit 7 years ago.  This sweater was one of the very first knitted things that I had ever made.  It was too loosely knit, making it drape oddly and of course making it huge on me.  I wore it like this to work for about 4 years.  Then I had the idea to felt it so that it would shrink to a better fitting size and of course felting would also close the stitches making them tighter and more weather proof.  As I was reading the article on Juniper Moon Farm's blog, I realized that I was sitting here, at work where it is quite cold today, as comfortable and warm as I can possibly be...because I am wearing this awesome sweater.  It isn't really pretty, it isn't Haute Couture, but it is snuggly warm and because it is made of real wool, I never feel the chill of a damp day when I wear it.  I know that this sweater, because it is made with a less desirable, coarser wool yarn, will last me forever.


I love this sweater.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Tarte Tatin

A little comfort on a damp, cold day....



.....I will make this again:)

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Knitting

I'm working on a Sweet Cherry Pie hat....in a sweet cherry pie colour:)


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

What To Do....

...when you have a day off, a real day off and all to yourself...........start swatching of course!


This was a very fun swatch, knit with MacAusland's 1-ply fingering yarn in natural white, natural light grey and natural dark grey.  I love it.  It needs to turn into a wearable garment.....for me:)

Thank you to all who have visited my Ravelry page and either purchased, favourited, or queued my new patterns, you guys rock!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

All Available

All 4 Sweet And Condensed Knits patterns are now available both on Ravelry and my blog at the right hand side.  Thank you all for popping by and having a look, they are all reasonable priced and the finished projects are quick and easy to make, making them excellent Christmas gifts....enjoy.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Half Way There

So I haven't worked out all of the bugs with Sweet And Condensed Knits yet.  But that's O.K....no really!  I decided to take a different approach.  I am making the patterns available individually instead of as an ebook, this means that I can get the job done faster and have the patterns available to you for purchase before the Holidays, just in case you want to make these quick little knits to give as gifts.  Look over at the right hand side of the blog and you will see 2 of the 4 patterns available for purchase, just click on the photo and you will be linked directly to my |Ravelry Checkout.  The other 2 patterns will be available tomorrow.