And Happy Sunday to you! It’s lovely and sunny here, a cold wintery sun, but sun all the same. There’s nothing like sunlight to make a person feel good about life! Thank you for all of your lovely get well messages, I’m on my way to feeling better but this is a nasty buggy germ which every second person in Wellington has, and it is seeming to hang around most people for a month or so, however, I’m over the worst of it so YAY!
Can you believe it is the end of JULY already! Wowee that went fast! I was preparing my July mosaic and wondering where all my photos were… it felt like I have been deeply unproductive this month, but looking back on the month I can see that I’ve been totally engrossed on two things. The Gypsy Caravan Blanket and the Tour de Fleece! These two things have been the focus of my creative attention, so my July mosaic is full of granny squares and fleece. I like how these mosaics really document where I am on a monthly basis with my ‘making’… each month is so different. The Tour de Fleece ended on the 24th and I’m proud to say that I completed it with only ONE day that didn’t involve spinning. I can’t wait to do it again next year, although next year I will ensure that I have a better stash because this year got a weeeeee bit boring in terms of colour and quantity!
On Friday night we had yet another stunning sunset… I wasn’t at work as I had taken the day off sick, so got to enjoy the changing colours and beautiful energy blast that comes with watching such a phenomenon. As this beautiful sunset was happening, I happened to be spinning some of my lovely roving bought from the spin-in the other day….
I bought 100gms of this and must say that the colours blew.me.away. I loved them on the bobbins so much I didn’t want to ply them together….
I did, of course, but not with each other… Mum and Maria who dyes the wool recommend plying this with cotton as it keeps the colours pure and creates a stripy effect when knitted. It also means you get more meterage out of your spinning, so I decided to give it a go! And I must say, I love the result. I needed THREE spools of cotton for this, and as I had underestimated the meterage only bought two, so I still have half a bobbin of wool sitting, waiting to be plyed. Mission: Go to the op shops and hunt for big spools of cotton, otherwise this type of spinning can get a bit pricey!
And here it is!
It is quite crinkly, which I think is cool! But I haven’t washed it yet, and am waiting to finish plying the last of it before I do, so it may look a wee bit different once washed and spun.
The other thing I have finished in the last fortnight which didn’t take long to complete as it is cold and I really wanted to wear it, is my second Noro cowl. I bought this Noro ages ago and saved it thinking I’d make a cowl next winter because I love THIS one sooooooo much! I wear it pretty much every single day and now that we are in the depths of Winter, leaving the house without a scarf means you will get very cold, so while I was sick I pulled the stashed Noro out and got knitting.
Love love love love love!
It’s exactly the same as the first one I made, which has stretched so much I can wrap it around my neck three times now. I love Noro in both stocking stitch and garter stitch, and love the way that when it is wrapped around you can see both textures. To make it, I used 10ply (or worsted, whatever you call it where you live) wool and 5mm needles on a long circular cable, I cast on 250 stitches and made a k2,p2 rib for 6 rows, then stocking stitch until I nearly ran out of wool and finished with a k2,p2 rib. I used 250gms of wool but you can use more or less depending on how thick or thin you want your cowl to be.
I love Noro, it’s great. However, I think this will be the last time I buy the kureyon or silk garden as the breaks in the wool drove me crazy…. there were about 6 or 7 in this cowl alone and while I understand that this happens, the colour pattern started reversing constantly and I’m not prepared to spend that amount on something that does not deliver perfect results. It’s OK for a cowl, but if I were making a garment it would ruin the effect. Despite said breakages and colourway reversals, I’m in love with my Noro cowl and haven’t even washed and blocked it yet because I don’t want to take it off!
OK well I think that’s me for today… I would give you a Gypsy Caravan Blanket update, but I am so close to finishing it, I’m not going to! Yes… I’m near the end and I can’t believe it is nearly all over. My next post will be the ta-daaa so watch this space! I’m off to enjoy the sunshine now… Himself is… He’s feeling much better after a night of illness… eating rotten bird will do that to you I suppose- we discovered the remains of his feast this morning… jeez what a housemate huh!
Wishing you a wonderful weekend! Lots of love from Alice and Raymond XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX