Update…

Ugh, when I started this blog I vowed I wouldn’t do what I do with all of my other blogs, i.e. go AWOL for weeks without a post. Anyway, I’m back and the main reason for my silence is because not much has happened on the knitting front. I’ve been feeling a bit uninspired whilst finishing off the Short Raglan sweater (above) – the completed pieces were just sat in a bag for weeks. Finally I took action, stitched the seams together, finished the neck and blocked it (still haven’t woven in the ends). It’s looking great, a behemoth of a jumper, very boxy and bulky, not going to be able to wear it for at least 6 months without sweating!

Anyway some things that did happen while I was on hiatus…

I finally discovered a really quick and easy Pom Pom maker by Clover. I volunteer at an arts and crafts class for disabled people once a week where I have been teaching knitting techniques – a couple of weeks ago we made French knitting necklaces, on the Monday just gone we made pom pom accessories and the pom pom maker really came in handy. We tried these pom pom looms too but the results were rubbish!

A few weeks ago I did a carboot sale in Pimlico (which was a waste of time  - no one wanted to pay more than £1 for anything) but I did get some nice Vintage Aran knitting patterns – in hindsight I wish I’d bought the lot but the seller was a real battleaxe and would only let me have 3 for £2!

At the same carboot I got this Dover quilting book, which has a lot of swastika designs (it’s pre WWII and probably refers to the Native American use of the symbol). Anyway, got me thinking I’d quite like to make a quilt, especially after seeing Kaffe’s quilts. It’s probably not something I am going to get into in a big way but I’ve always coveted patchwork quilts and would love to make my own.

Another Dover book I have been reading recently is Mary Thomas’ Knitting Book, written in 1938, it is interested insight into the history of knitting and details many different techniques. It’s a bit like a potted encyclopaedia of knitting, I’ve learnt a lot from it even if it can be a bit of a tedious read at times. I would recommend it to any intermediate or even beginner knitter – you can read as many modern, trendy knitting books as you want but this has the fundamentals and is very simple to follow.

As well as knitting I also enjoy sewing my own clothes, I have just started this Wiksten Tank dress in a pale grey fabric and I’m waiting for some hand dye to arrive so I can try some dip-dying like this.

Finally, Drops, are having a month long sale this May. Everyone knows I love Drops, lovely cheap wool (real wool or alpaca or mohair etc.) so I went a bit nuts. I don’t know what I’m going to make with it all, probably something grey?!

It’s cold outside…

Spring is still to rear it’s head and it’s going to get even colder this weekend. In some ways I don’t mind because it gives me an excuse to keep knitting big woolly hats and sweaters even though the weather is supposedly warming up! Anyway, I was out in the miserable cold on Lee High Road earlier today and I stumbled across a few shops I hadn’t visited before, one was a second hand bookshop which had a selection of 70s knitting books and magazines, the other was Knitshop.co.uk which I knew was in Lewisham but only happened upon it by chance this afternoon.

I opted for a Phildar magazine in the book shop which has lots of classic 70s woolly warmers in it… most of it is horrendous but there are a few gems. That said the pattern inside the front cover for a hooded Aran jacket complete with tassels – which was my main reason for buying it – doesn’t actually seem to be included. Bummer.

In knitshop I got a few skeins of yarn. Whilst they don’t have a great colour selection and it’s a bit muddled inside, the yarns are good quality and well priced considering they are an independent shop who don’t sell branded yarns. I got one skein of Alpaca Quito yarn in ‘Anthracite’, which is heavenly soft, drape-y aran type wool, a skein of Alpaca Fino in ‘White’, which appears to be finer, sturdier but still as soft as the Quito and a skein of Simply wool in ‘Black’ which is similar in texture to Rowan’s Creative Focus Worsted. I’m not sure what I’m going to do with them all but I’ll probably post the results here soon enough!