Thank you all so much for the lovely comments you left on my last post, it was so nice reading through them knowing you got some enjoyment from my tea cozy! I thought I had “tea-cozied” myself out, after making three on a row, but now I have a naked tea pot and a craving to make one for me! So we’ll see…..
I bought myself a Christmas present and it arrived the other day…. Do you do that? Really, Christmas is just an excuse to splurge on wool… if it was June I’d make up another excuse along the lines of “It’s a half-year celebration” but it would be winter then, so I guess no excuse is necessary in the middle on winter…..
Speaking of Winter…. Are you Northern Hemispherers FREEZING!!!!! I feel deeply for you, living in temperatures so cold you are in the minuses, I’ve never been that cold ever, ever, ever. I wish you a safe and merry holiday season and hope that any airport closures, or railway shutdowns don’t affect your families too negatively and that you have a wonderful, snuggly Christmas.
So I ordered a stash of wool from the Wool Company, which was obtained for me by my friend over at Kiwiyarns Knits and delived a couple of days ago. Apart from taking it out of it’s bag to stroke it and photograph it, I haven’t decided what I’m going to make with all of this loveliness, but I am so excited about the potential! So many beautiful colours!
That first lot is actually not mine, but is my friend Sandra’s who ordered some with me… Beautiful hues of pink and purple of course!
Mine has pleanty of pink and purple of course, but I also ordered some teal which was so much nicer in real life than on the website, so I’m thrilled I ordered it!
It turns out ordering from a website is a bit harder because the colours are vastly different, I find they are brighter which is great for me!
The only one that wasn’t what I expected was the wool I had ordered to make my cardigan from- I changed my mind on the cherry and decided to go for dark grey to reduce the potential for me hating it when I’ve finished and never wearing it! I ordered what I thought was charcoal but it ended up being undyed dark natural brown…. Not to worry though! it’s KB’s fave colour of wool and I promised to knit her a raglan jersey for next winter, so here’s the stash for it! Plus some extra to knit a garment for someone littler too. I’m heading past the Wool company in a few weeks, so will pop in there (with camera hopefully!) and get some dark grey for me then!
Ooh and the other thing I ordered was some needles.
The needles were described on the website as:
The solution to tired aching hands. Manufactured from casein, these provide static free soundless knitting. They have a wonderful warm feel. Once you have tried them, you won’t use any other needles. Length 30 cms.
They sound too good to be true! SOLD! I get terribly achey hands in the winter, so I thought I’d give them a go and I’ve knitted a few rows with them and they are quite lovely.
So back to the wool. I constantly talk about Perendale wool because I love it, and as I become a more advanced beginner knitter, I am beginning to understand the difference in wool and the breeds of sheep, and have come to the conclsusion that perendale is my favourite. I notice that the finished knitting is much smoother and it has no hairy pulley bits on it that create friction as I’m knitting. I didn’t realise this until I had finished my garter stitch cardigan, then began knitting in Ashford wool which is a lot harsher to knit with.
I had a look on the Perendale Sheep Society’s website to get some info for you about this breed, and they state that the Perendale sheep was first bred by Sir Geoffery Peren, an agriculture professor at Massey University in 1956 and are a cross between a cheviot and a romney.
OK well thank you for popping in today! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a blessed holiday season! It’s been terrible here in Wellington in terms of weather, but apparently tomorrow (Christmas day) will be sunny with no wind, so cross your fingers for us!
It still hasn’t sunk in yet, for me… although the presents KB has wrapped beautifully for me are sitting under the potplant taunting me with their mystery…. I have one more shift of work to go until my holidays….. I think I’ve gone into emotional shutdown over work this month, so have no feelings about going to work all day, just bring on the holidays! I can’t WAIT!
Lots and lots and lots and lots of love and Christmas blessings to you!
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