Thursday, February 24, 2011
Leon's winter set 2011
Every yea rthat Leon and I have been together I have madehim a winter set, a hat, scarf and mitts. There's been a variety of these. The first year I think I used Debbie Bliss Cashmerino and a Jo Sharp pattern. We'd only been dating three months, and I knit Cashmerino for him! The second year I designed my own scarf and hat, which I was really proud of, but knit it the rather more economical Bendigo Woollen Mills yarn. Our third year together year I used Noro to make vertical stripes, it was all very sophisticated. This year I took it a step further and spun my own self stripping wool. Some of it is sheep and most of it is alpaca. I'm really happy with the way it looks, although as a relatively new spinner some of the alpaca is rather dense. In fact, I suspect the scarf could be used as an improvised weapon, in a pinch. Weaponised knitwear aside, I'm really happy with the way these came out and I hope Leon feels warm and loved all winter.