I’ve imported the content from my first blog – gloveknitting – so there are some extra entries now and some things that don’t quite make sense. I’ll try to do some more editing tomorrow but at the moment I’ve got a little finger to knit tonight.
I finished the hat in time to go on quite a long walk in the Dales. Here it is on a rock. I took a picture of the crown shaping as I think it looks so good. It’s ages since I knitted a hat by hand and this one is lovely.
(Actually I unpicked and re-knit the crown and shaping since this picture as I had a few yards of navy wool left over so I unpicked, knitted the few extra rounds and re-did the crown. I was then short of yarn and had to complete the last 2 – 3 rounds with a very close match. It was some 5 ply guernsey wool used double and is an almost perfect match). End of story.
I’ve set myself a schedule for these gloves – I want to knit three pairs before I go away in April … so I need to keep going. I’m supposed to be half way up both thumbs today and I’m not far off. I’m also keeping a fairly accurate log of the time these are taking. What is surprising me is the time it takes to plan out the charts and to set the patterns. I was a stitch out on the second pair this afternoon and it must have taken half an hour to sort it, hence the nasty plastic stitch markers in the photo below. I prefer to use thread but hard markers can be useful now and again. These have a small sharp bit on the top that needs to be sanded off with an emery board or it catches on the wool.
I did a quiz earlier to find out what kind of yarn I would be – I’m Rowan Big Wool! It’s on line at Love knitting and was posted in the Knitting and Crochet Guild Facebook page.
These are the little group that have been designed around the Sir Gar theme. One reflects the beaches, one the mountains and one the countryside and its wild flowers. Here they are:
I’ve spent a lot of time recently taking photos of my knitting and the pieces in the Knitting and Crochet Guild collection. Of course, these are all for different purposes – the most recent batch of mine are for entry into an art show while the collection pics are just for identification purposes while we are going through a first round of cataloguing at Lee mills.
There is some useful advice out there on the web, some of which I picked up a while ago like buying daylight bulbs with an exact light temperature and a large piece of grey card to use as a background. I think that lights and the arrangement of the pieces are more important than the quality of the camera, as even the most basic point and shoot digital has such a range of settings.
The sites I found most useful are:
So here’s an attempt from this morning – a couple of pairs from a year or so ago with the fabric that gave their design inspiration.