First down the catwalk we have the lovely, diminutive Lady Eleanor, finally off the needles. To recap, this wrap is based on the Lady Eleanor Shawl from Scarf Style knit in my own hand spun 50% silk 50% merino from Lisa Souza in the shade Wild Thing. I used about 250g in total, largely as my spinning was somewhat uneven and I managed to spin the skein where the purples predominate more thickly than that which is more blue heavy. It doesn't harm the overall effect I believe as I wanted it to have a rustic feel. For this reason I have also decided to leave it unblocked. especially because I think the back looks as good as the front and I don't want to lose the shapes and contours.
I am, actually quite thrilled with the way it has turned out. It is butter soft and just long enough to toss over my shoulder in what I hoped was a very chic and continental manner. I wore it to work today with my purple boiled wool jacket and a denim skirt feeling very pleased with myself. I must practice getting my satchel off without half strangling myself in my scarf before I go out in it again...
Moving on fro Lady E I am pleased to say that the Lavender Farm socks are finished! It really was touch and go whether I would run out of yarn, which technically I did about four rows from the end. I was just about to undo the cast off on the finished sock and start transfusing yarn until they balanced until I remembered I had a few metres of singles left on the bobbin so I plied it against itself and I managed to squeeze four more rows out of it. Hurrah! They are very warm and soft and look quite groovy in a Pippi Longstocking sort of way. I am now wondering if I can get away with wearing them with my long denim skirt and khaki suede Birkenstock clogs as they stay up pretty well but would they sag if I ran for a bus leaving me less like Pippi and more like Norah Batty.Can you see a theme developing here?Anyone else as prone to wardrobe malfunctions as me?
Grace and elegance may elude me, but I can spin yarn which comes close to those qualities. This is 100g or the Yarn Yard fibre club merino silk. It has to be my best spinning yet. There are about 400 metres there so it is coming up as a 4ply/fingering weight and I hope to end up with about 800 metres in all as I have 100g yet to spin. Thanks to everyone for their suggestions about patterns. I am having fun looking at patterns on Ravelry and burying myself in stitch dictionaries so will let you know what I decide. I've finished two projects so I'm sure I deserve to cast on right away!
Recently I have been rummaging around in the Yarn Archive as the Golders Green knitters are holding a stash swap in a couple of weeks. Surrounded by so much of my precious yarn, my blood suddenly ran cold. What if the moths came?
My little niece gave me a lovely lavender bag made by a friend of my sister, all beautifully embroidered and beaded for Christmas. It's lovely but it's JUST ONE BAG! It would be like defending myself from a barbarian horde with a fruit knife! An industrial sized stash needs industrial sized thinking so I bought 500g of lavender and a huge pile of organza bags of the type used for wedding favours and got busy with the spoon.