Greetings from FREEZING COLD WELLINGTON!!!!!! Oh my goodness it is cold! For the first time today, I had to go out wearing a hat and jacket, I haven’t done that since September and I have to say, I didn’t like it and I’ve changed my mind about looking forward to winter! Noooo!!! Give Summer back! We were warned about a cold snap this weekend, and cold snap it is! I’m a wee bit bummed because I have finished something I wanted to show you, but the rain means I can’t take it outside for pictures, so it will have to wait until next time!
We dropped KB’s Mum off at the station to catch the bus home after a week stay with us this-morning, then headed to the Newtown Fair, nice and early, in the rain! It’s a huuuuuuuuuuge fair held yearly, and I said to KB on the way, “I really really wish there could be a stall there of someone selling their hand-dyed wool or something…” KB laughed, but we found a stall with hand-spun wool! Weeeeeeheeeeee!!!
Gorgeously perfect hand-spun wool in fact and it was hard to stop myself spending my life savings on that whole stall…. I came away with renewed determination to learn to spin, it’s time! Mum has been trying to get me to take a spinning wheel off her hands for ages now, so I’m going to take her up on that offer and have a bash at it again. Oh to be able to create works of art like that! I have no idea what I’m going to do with the coloured one on the left, some people were asking me for ideas about what to do with a 50gm ball of something special (and too expensive to turn into 100gms!) and now that I have 50gms of something special (and too expensive to turn into 100gms!!!) I’m going to have to get my creative cap on! The lush turquoise on the right, oh my, there was no way I was going to leave that behind! I have plans for a big baggy hat, the pattern is creating itself in my mind, so I’ll try it out with a baby hat to see if it works, then if it does, I’ll try it with some cheaper wool in my size, and if THAT works, I’ll (nervously) try it with this! If you want to check out the works of these two veeeeery talented ladies, click HERE and HERE!
Speaking of works of art, I’ve been trying to knit lace. It’s hard! I found a pattern from Mum’s newest book “Sock Yarn One-Skein Wonders” (poor Mum had it for about a week before I took it off her) called “Easy” Lace Scarf. EASY! It took four tries with 4ply wool on 5mm needles before I threw a whacking great tantrum and admitted defeat, and decided to have a try with 8ply wool on 5mm needles, just to see what it’s like to knit lace….
Aaahhh, lovely 8ply Perendale, you are so much more manageable than that 4ply merino/angora/silk yarn which is now back in my wardrobe, hopefully feeling ashamed of itself for being so difficult to work with!
I ripped that piece of pink and began the ‘real’ scarf in beautiful, soft possum merino. So far, so good! I haven’t given up and I still like it!
I’ve had to updo a few rows… always precarious when faced with multiple yarn overs and ssk’s, every time I think “hey, I haven’t made a mistake in ages” (2 or 3 rows) I’ll end up with 45 or 41 stitches and have to go back a row… I’m learning that if I think I’ve made a mistake, I’ve made a mistake and best to unpick that row than finish it, finish the reverse row and have to go back anyway! I took it to our favourite cafe this morning for a coffee… there was rap music playing quite loudly, cool rap, not gangsta rap, (although if you are a fan of gangsta rap I’m not dissing it) and I discovered that rap is not a good soundtrack for lace knitting, I ended up with 45 stitches after that…. (grrrrrr)
I love…. LOVE the way the bottom scalloped itself….
The pattern said to knit 6 rows of garter at the bottom before beginning the lace, but I just did 4 to make it extra scallopy and I love the result! The freezing-ness this morning is making me want to get knitting, as well as the fact that I’m obsessively envisioning how perfectly it will match my long cream cardigan… OK… possum merino hand-knits are making the idea of winter more bearable again….
I’m off, I need to get back to my scarf.
Wishing you a beautiful day,
Lots of love from Alice and Raymond XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX