Wednesday, April 16, 2008


Palindrome scarf: The easiest scarf, but not too boring, either. It's a 2x2 rib (even in the cables) which makes it reversible. My 3 balls of Prism got me 88cm. It wasn't much fun to knit with at first, because it's wool that has barely been twisted, let alone plied. I wet blocked it to the ironing board, and stretched it out to 1.2m. It was a little long for the board! hehe.

See the little bit of yellow on the end? That's how much I had left. Now I have to decide if I should buy another $6 ball just for a fringe, or use something similar from the stash. I am contemplating matching mittens or wrist-warmers.

Now I'm onto Byron's birthday top, which is this top in yellow Zoomy, size 1. It is so much fun! I knitted a swatch (!!) the first night and ripped it back and knitted the back hem. Yesterday and the day before I have almost finished the back. It's such a happy yellow! I went out and bought Byron a grey, white and yellow top to go under it. It's plain stocking stitch, and I was going to jazz it up a bit, but the yellow shades (which never seem to pool at all!) are enough, I think.

Maybe I'll put ears on the hood. And a fuzzy-edge "mane". LOL.

I got some extra spending money, and bought a cheap ball of sock wool I found at Spotlight. It appears to be the same fibres as the Opal (which was 4 times the price) but won't be so nicely self-patterning. My plan is to practice with the blue-brown and then use the orange-pink Opal.

So many projects ahead...

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Birthday wool

Yesterday was my birthday, and I took my birthday money (and some of my own) and visitted a few local yarn shops!

"Sue's Sewing and Craft" was the best. Very friendly little shop with lots of decently priced wool, and the first thing she did was pull out a box of toys for Byron, so I could look around more easily. I went to "Workbasket Wool Shop" by myself, but I doubt I'll go back there. The wool is expensive, and there are no prices listed anywhere. I was embarrassed at the checkout, because I had to put wool back that was far out of my budget...

Anyway, my total wool purchasing (thanks, Gran) came to 3 balls of merino totem (for a watermelon hat), 4 balls of yellow Zoomy (hoodie for Byron), a white and a grey ball of bamboo-cotton mix (baby hats, I think, maybe for Linda's twins), some Opal sock wool, some more Prism (for the scarf I'm on), 3.75mm set (to try 8ply socks), 2.75mm set (to knit the Opals when I've had some practice) and cable needles (have lost the one I had behind my ear... somewhere).

Byron continues to be "interested" in knitting...

...especially in whatever yarn I'm using at the time. I have given him his own wool; he doesn't care. He wants mine. My sister kindly wound this back up for me Ü

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