I haven’t blogged for a while but that doesn’t mean that I haven’t been busy …
I went on holiday last week, to Wales where we have a static caravan overlooking St David’s Head. So of course, ignoring the fact that I was looking after two boys, going walking and so on, I took with me lots of knitting.
This was, in no particular order:
A hat that I started on the machine and finished by hand. I needed this as I have been out up mountains in strong winds lately and found that my hat has been blown over my eyes and not helped by a flapping hood, so I thought I needed a tight fairly short beanie type hat. I found some stash yarn which I think might be wool and mohair, artisan dyed, from Brooklyn General, New York, some years ago. Anyway, here it is, as planned. Think it will do the trick.
Just to explain a bit, the rib section is made on the machine – took about 30 mins including getting sorted out, then I took it off onto waste yarn. Picked the stitches up on a couple of circulars, I think 3.25mm, and started the crown shaping almost immediately. This was every 14sts, every 3 rounds and then alternate rounds, and then every round.
Machine and hand knitted hat
The crown shaping
Gloves: A new pair of gloves, in the series for my Welsh friends. I knew I wanted to use neutrals, and eventually settled on this rather pinky beige with a dark slatey grey. Neutrals sound easy but I found choosing these especially hard. eventually I chose them for thickness as much as colour, the grey being slightly thinner than the pinky-beige, which means that it will recede when knitted. That will echo the striations in some rocks on a beach on Anglesey which was one of the inspirational images. The I’ve got both hands cast on and am starting with a one and one rib.
The next pair of gloves getting started
The sample on 24 sts
Bonham’s mittens: I also took the Bonham’s mittens which I thought I’d finish. Indeed I did finish the hands, but thought I had brought enough of the turquoise wool, forgetting that I had to knit the thumbs, after completing the hands. So here they are with one having the thumb knitted. These will be translated into a Knitting & Crochet Guild pattern on Ravelry as soon as I can write the instructions.
Bonham mitts, needing thumbs
You might realised that the pattern on the Bonham mitts and the gloves is the same – that is a small chequerboard, 2sts x 2 rows of each colour.
And the last project, which I had hoped to spend some time on, is some stash yarn, a discontinued Colinette merino tape, in an inky blue-black and the pattern for a tunic style sweater which my mother knitted for me from her very first hand spun yarn. I wear this for walking most of the year and I thought that I remembered that the pattern came from Paton’s Fashion Knits in the 70s. My mother knitted a lot from this series, so I asked the pattern guru at the KEG collection to see if she could find it. Sure enough, there was a copy in the collection, from 1976 when it was on the cover. The suggested tension for the garment and for the Colinette yarn (tagliatelle) are very similar and I think just a little swatching should sort out some ideas for making the garment in the yarn I’ve got. However, what with boat trips, new caravans to sort out, friends visiting and other distractions, I didn’t get anywhere near this project at all. Another time. I really don’t need another jumper in fact.
Just an idea at the moment …