Archive for August, 2009

Enchanted Cowl

Sunday, August 9th, 2009

A quick and easy cowl made from my “Enchanted” Corriedale handspun (Southern Cross Fibre Club - July 2009). The pattern was made up on the fly and can be found in the project notes of my Ravelry project. The cowl was knit at a fairly loose gauge and the resulting fabric is super squooshy but not too dense.enchanted-yarn


To finish up, yet another sweater swatch. This one is for a Duxbury Point Pullover (from Simply Shetland 4). Made from a cone of grey New Zealand lambswool that I’ve had in the stash for eons.


It turns out to be a perfect match for Jamieson’s Shetland 2-ply Spindrift. I’m in two minds about whether to proceed with the yarn I’ve used for the swatch or to spin the yarn for it using some gorgeous moorit Shetland that just arrived. Decisions, decisions.

Woodchucks, Sweaters and Stuff

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

A few people have asked me about my tweet this morning:

Even if a woodchuck could chuck wood, why would he bother?

Before you have me committed, let me explain. I woke up with “How much wood could a woodchuck chuck…” in my head at 5 am this morning (sanity is not my strong suit). Not even knowing what a woodchuck looks like, I decided to google it. The pic appeared on the first page of hits. I figured, why would a woodchuck chuck wood when armed to the teeth like that? Seemed a bit pointless. OK. You can have me committed now.

My sock-knitting frenzy came to a screaming halt during this year’s Tour de Fleece. I spent the Tour spinning a kilo of “Champagne” from Spunky Eclectic.


A new bug has taken over - sweater knitting!


This one should be done in a couple of days and I already have plans in place for a few more.

Another bug took hold during the Tour de Fleece - felted singles.

“Selfish” Shetland felted singles from Spunky Eclectic Fibre Club:


Knit into a Forest Canopy:



The two bugs have combined into a new project. Not sure where this one will go, but it’ll definitely be a sweater of some kind.

Grey Corriedale felted singles (worsted weight):


I started knitting a swatch with it a few nights ago. I was enjoying the yarn so much I didn’t stop until I ran out. It knit up beautifully at 4.5 sts/in.


Lastly, a few shout outs:

- Amy - congratulations on the release of Spin Control. It truly is a wonderful book and I’m so very proud of you. xoxo+++

- Jared - congratulations on your “Made in Brooklyn” collection for Classic Elite. It is always a delight to see new men’s patterns on the market. Can’t wait for my copy to arrive. Huron - here we come!

- Adrian - you are the Preserve Queen of the Universe. Thanks for the daily dose of mouth-watering goodies. I’m counting the days until I get to taste some of them.