Thursday, May 16, 2013

Woolly things..

A few woolly things have been appearing here lately. First up, I finished test knitting for Linda at Natural Suburbia. The pattern, The Sherpa Hat was so much fun to make!

In fact, it was so much fun I made two!

The pattern is now available for purchase on Ravelry here, and as an added bonus, Linda is offering two Sherpa Hat patterns in a giveaway on her blog - see here for more details.

My hats have been raveled here.

I have also cast on a Sunny Days Shawlette using some of my handspun yarn.The yarn is a hand dyed alpaca/wool mix and I'm finding it really interesting how the stripy 'v' effect is created as the shawlette progresses.
The Sunny Days Shawlette pattern is currently being offered for free for the month of May from Carle @ Nurturing Fibres. It's a good, easy, relaxing knit that doesn't require much concentration - perfect for taking out or those evening knitting sessions when you're tired from the day but still want need to knit...

Becoming a little more acquainted with shawlettes, I am thinking of making another and have been eyeing of the Holden Shawlette for some time. It's definitely on my list of things to make at some point!

In anticipation, I've begun spinning up some merino top, which I'm hoping to ply with some silk that I happened to pick up at the Handspinners and Weavers Guild last week (yet to be spun!).

The merino was purchased from a spinning friend who goes up to the Bendigo Sheep and Wool Show each year to sell her wares. Her interesting array of fibrey goods can be seen here.

It's a good thing it's chilly outside and the fire is on and cranking..it's perfect knitting and spinning weather!

What's been on your needles, hook or wheel lately?

10 comments:

  1. The beanies look great...it's cold here in Brisbane today 10-20 degrees - yep 20 is cold here but it's wet and overcast and no sun so feels colder. Regards Kathy A, Brisbane, Australia

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  2. I've just finished knitting a jumper for my daughter but it's just made from cheap acrylic. I'm itching to get up to the Bendigo Woolen Mills but that will ahve to wait a few more weeks at least. in the meantime, cheap acrylic fills the knitting need and produces easy wash and dry clothes for the kids.

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  3. All gorgeous! I have just finished a log cabin knitted blanket. Love it!

    Eleanor

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  4. Cute little hats! I'm attempting my first lacework knitting at the moment - a shawl for my mum.

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  5. I love those hats, so sweet. Look forward to seeing you rocking a shawlette, new to me.

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  6. Love seeing your knitting up there , Christine. Of course I don't have anything on my hook and needle because you are my preferred knitter. Which reminds me ....Little G is wondering if you could knit something on order... teenage girl , probably about the same head size as your eldest ...has absolutely fallen in love with the beanie with the ears that you knitted child size for our farm stay shelf.Apprently cute little ear beanies would look very cool if worn to Girl Guides and it has been all I have been hearing about . I would like to give her one as a present , so if you have time ...let me know .
    kim

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    1. Love to, Kim, will email you this week! :)

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  7. I love those beanies Christine, I bookmarked the pattern when I saw your pics on Ravelry. They look so fun! I've knit myself a couple of shawlettes now and they are fun too - you get the elegance of a shawl knit but the practicality of a scarf, a win/win. Can't wait to see yours finished, I'm loving the yarn, oh, and the colour of that merino top? Divine.

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  8. Your hats are so lovely! Thanks so much for test knitting them for me, I really appreciate it!
    I just love the yarn you are handspinning, the colour is fantastic.
    Have a wonderful weekend,
    Linda
    :)

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  9. I love that hat patter and the color of that merino you are spinning is gorgeous.

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Hi there, so nice of you to stop by! Thanks for sharing your thoughts, I love hearing what you are up to. Christine x

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