Saturday, 29 October 2016

Special gifts

I participated in a yarn swap on Ravelry ;it was my first one and I thoroughly enjoyed putting together a parcel to send to my swap partner in Australia. She sent me this lovely parcel which arrived yesterday and really made my day! The skein of yarn on the left is one of her own hand dyed skeins, which is very special and the one on the right is a lovely soft skein of Australian hand spun yarn. It's called Bunny Mink and is 70% longhaired mink and 30% angora; as it's so deliciously soft, I think it will be ideal for a scarf or cowl. I am planning to use the pretty hand dyed yarn for a pair of socks, but have not yet decided which pattern to use.

I sent my swap partner two skeins of New Zealand made sock wool and a few mini skeins called Poppets, as well as two bars of Whittaker's chocolate and a pretty scarf. I was a bit worried as to whether my swap partner would be happy with the gifts I chose for her, given that we don't know one another personally, but she sent me a message and said that she was very pleased with her package.

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Baby knits

I have been doing some baby knitting and recently finished a sweater and two hats as modelled by this little cutie! These items were not knitted with anyone in particular in mind, but will go into my 'baby bottom drawer'.

Saturday, 15 October 2016

October update

I have been quite busy at work and at home, so have done not very much in the way of knitting. It's been a case of just doing a few rows in the evenings while listening to an audiobook, but having said that, I did manage to finish a baby hat over this weekend and have also completed a baby jumper, but still need to sew it up and knit up the neck.

I am still working on my sock yarn squares, albeit rather slowly, but it is a long term project, so I am not too worried about my lack of progress. Last night I did some work on the sweater I started about six weeks ago, but I am not very happy with the yarn, as it has a tendency to split, which I find very frustrating. I am using bamboo needles, so I wondered whether I should perhaps try other needles and see whether they make any difference; if I still have problems, I might consider frogging the project, which would be a pity, as I bought 13 skeins of yarn for the sweater.

Apart from knitting, I have been doing quite a lot of reading lately. I read The Girl On The Train and then went to see the movie last week with a couple of the ladies from my meet up group. The book club book for this month is The Lake House by Kate Morton, a book which I thoroughly enjoyed and finished reading last night. It has over 500 pages and I was a bit worried about not being able to finish it in time for the book club dinner which is on Tuesday 18 October, but I found the story so absorbing that I just couldn't put it down!