Friday, March 31, 2006

Cashmere Sweater and Handspun

I finally finished this sweater for my daughter. I started it on our ski trip last month, but haven't had alot of time to knit lately. It was supposed to be a pattern from a Debbie Bliss book, but I have changed it quite alot. First of all, I made the body in one piece on a circular so there would be less sewing. Then my daughter decided that she wanted frilly sleeve edges, so had to add that in. The yarn is from ColourmartUK. When working with this yarn, it resembles kitchen twine, and is not very pleasant. I couldn't wait to finish. The yarn has no give, and is oiled. When you are all finished, you throw it in the wash, and what comes out is the softest, most beautiful knitted fabric. It is quite unbelievable, and the price is right.

I also have to share with you a photo of the most unbelievably beautiful skein of yarn. It is the first finished skein produced by Nathalie. I can't believe that she just learned to spin. I think I need to take some lessons from her!

Now I am off to Florida for two weeks with the kids. Hope to get some knitting done by that pool, which is what alot of ladies do down there. I'll keep you posted.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Baby Booties

All right. I know its been a long time since I posted. I was at Olympia today when someone, you know who you are, reminded me. So here I am. I have actually been doing some knitting, but not much. I have a big project going on, which I will hopefully be able to disclose in a week or so. I also took a spinning course 2 weeks ago at the Handweavers studio, which was very interesting. I'm not sure that I loved it when I left, but Nathalie was completely hooked, and brought home a wheel. I was able to try it out the other day at her house, and of course now I want one. I might wait until after my trip to Florida since I won't have much time to try again before I go. I am presently working on a cashmere cardigan for my older daughter. Will hopefully finish in the next week. My only other small project were these baby booties. They are from an Erika Knight book. The looked so nice in the book, but the pattern wasn't that great, which was frustrating. Not sure I love how they turned out, they look a bit frankenstein-ish but heres a photo just to add some color to this post!