After my previous, slightly heavy post, I felt unable to write for a wee while. I had a lovely family holiday, celebrated my middle one’s 6th birthday with a mountain walk (her request), and now we are back home.
March and April have been busy with knitting and crochet projects as well. I thought I would post a few photos.
This is my new vest, blocking. (The mini-dots are the pin-heads. I soak my knitted things for a few minutes in wool-wash and tepid water. I gently squeeze out excess water, then roll them in a towel. Having trodden on the roll to squeeze more water out, I lay them flat on a dry towel and pin them in place. Then I play the impatient game of waiting for them to dry completely.) I never used to block. But the first time I tried it I realised how much it could improve a knitted garment. So now I usually do. It’s more fun than ironing.
Not so with this item, though. This is a cowl I have knitted from some beautiful alpaca yarn my Mum and Dad brought me back from New Zealand. It is so soft that I cannot bear to take it off, so blocking will have to wait for another day.
This is a cushion made from New Zealand and Tasmanian yarns. Merino and Blue-Faced Leicester, if you care about that sort of detail! Again, the NZ yarns were a gift from my lovely parents, who often visit New Zealand to walk (or ‘tramp’) in the wilder areas. Dad has been blogging about their recent trip.
These cute legs belong to my afore-mentioned birthday girl. The leg-warmers were part of her birthday present from me.
And here she is again, this time modelling some Cinderella Mitts we made for a friend’s birthday present.
But the project I was busiest with was this stole I made for my grandmother’s birthday. It was my first lace pattern and I quickly learnt how easy it is to make mistakes with lace patterns – and how perilous.
The undoing-and-redoing process (tinking, ripping back, re-knitting) is terrifying and slow. This stole is two metres long, so of course it’s not without its mistakes. But the end result is still quite lovely. The yarn is a favourite – Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light – ‘Blackcurrant’. So soft, with the most wonderful colour variations that my iPod camera cannot do justice to.
So that’s some of what I’ve been up to. Along with gardening, and generally enjoying the fantastic autumn weather Tasmania is experiencing.
For the record, I did overindulge on hot-cross-buns. And chocolate. And I did give up alcohol for Lent, which means I am now very much revelling in my evening glass of Sauvignon Blanc.