Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Week 158 : Weaving with wollmeise

I tried weaving this week. I had two skeins of highly variegated Wollemise sock yarn. (100% Pure in the colour Flower Power).

Using the yarn for both the warp and the weft produced quite a vibrant plaid pattern.

Its early days in this project. It also took me a while to remember how the thread up this loom and not get too dispirited when the first few inches looked so uneven.

It is moving quickly now and apart from being a bit concerned about how loose the weave looks. I hope to at least be able to finally judge its success in a week. Its under quite a bit of tension in the loom and a soak in water after weaving will also produce a bit more relaxation in the fabric.

Here is the yarn in skein, after untying and before and ball wound.

I also cast on a sock for a gift. This is Softrope Sock in the colour Weld. I think it might be one of the nicest sock yarns Ive knitted with. My stitches are coming out nice and evenly (even before blocking).

Friday, February 6, 2015

Week 156-157: A test knit, baby cardigan and more socks

I completed a small test knit for Knitionary this past week. She has designed a knit outfit for an 18" doll. Its a free pattern, (link here). The doll in the pattern is an 'American Girl' doll. My daughters doll here is also 18" but is a Kidz and Cats doll.

It was a quick and enjoyable knit. I made  the cardigan and skirt only. There is a matching hat.

I used leftover yarn from two projects. The lilac is Swans Island Worsted in the colour Vintage Lilac. I made my first Twigs and Willows cardigan in this yarn in week Sixty Six.

The contrast stripe is Aslan Trends Invernal, which was a cowl necked sweater I knit in 2012. I loved it but unfortunately with its angora content it shed over everything and also pilled terribly.

I modified the skirt to include three contrast stripes.

I was so thrilled with this little knit, I even made the trip out to my favourite button shop. I bough small pearly lavender buttons.

The second project I finished was a baby cardigan in my go-to pattern. Boy o Boy. The yarn is Lorna's Laces Shepherd Worsted in the colour Sugar Plum from December 2009.
I modified the pattern to knit the body in one piece (omitting the side seams) and picking up the sleeve stitches (as before, from the reverse to show the slipped stitch edge).

I have only an in-progress shot to post because I finished it late in the evening and it had to be gifted immediately the next day.

The buttons are vintage glass.

Finally a pair of socks were completed for my daughter. These are Twisted Limone in the colour Vintage Rose.