Friday, June 29, 2012

What I knit while I was away


I planned on making Laar, while I was away, and I did so. It was the perfect knitting to start on a long plane trip, because the picot cast on is quite fiddly, and by the time I finished it I was happy to proceed with simple knitting for the rest of the flight. It's very important to me to have good knitting for these long flights, because I don't sleep on planes, and everyone else does. I'm always to tempted to run up and down the plane screaming WAKE UP, WAKE UP, out of sheer boredom. Instead, I knit on Laar and listened to a wonderful recording of Pride and Prejudice.

 
This was perfect trip knitting, both because it was interesting and still simple and because I failed to pack a cardigan. I finished it a couple of weeks into the trip and got a lot of wear out of it. I knit it in Dublin and Portugal and had it pretty much done by the time we flew to England. I bought buttons at Liberty, but after sewing them on decided they were too big and replaced them with a set I bought at Woolfest.
I blocked it on a towel on the floor of the hotel and Leon took pictures of it in the Lakes district. He said he was having trouble deciding weather to focus on the cardigan or the stunning background. What you can't see in these photos is how cold it was. As soon as we had finished shooting, I put my jacket back on.
After finishing Laar, I did indeed knit the Cookie A June sock club pattern. I used yarn that I bought in a yarn shop in Portugal. Since it was unlabelled I don't know anything about it, but it's sock weight and feels lovely. I modified the pattern a smidge, as it calls for yarn over increases, and Leon prefers his socks less lacy. As always, this was a wonderful pattern, well written, effective and not too complex for travelling.













I finished them the day before we were flying home. I had some plans to knit Wingspan, but at Woolfest I both Nicola and Rachel were wearing  Hitchhiker shawls and knew that's what I had to do. Perhaps I would have gone down a needles size, but I couldn't since I was on a plane. It's very straighforward knitting, and was perfect for yet another long flight with very little sleep.

 
So that's what I knit in Ireland, England and Portugal. It was a great holiday, but there is a part of me that knows that there is no place like home, my friends and my city.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

I'm back!

Unlike my last big trip, this one was full of fibre highlights. The weather in Dublin was shocking - it was colder than in Melbourne, so I bought myself some laceweight and went and had a beer.
The we went to Portugal, where they sell yarn by weight - unlabelled, but lovely, and super, super cheap. I bought nearly a kilogram of yarn for a jumper for Leon. I ended up posting that back sea mail, which is good because I did quite a lot of shopping later on. I wanted to get a picture of the yarn shop there, but they didn't speak English, and were not overly friendly, so I thought I had better not.
I met up with Jen  in London and she took me on a yarn crawl. It was lovely to see her, and the yarn shops were amazing.

Then I went to Cockermouth and met up with Nicola and her sister Rachel , whose blog I read. It was amazing to see Nicola and so nice to meet Rachel in real life, although I feel like I sort of know her already. Woolfest was amazing. There were some sheep there, but it was more about all the amazing yarn.  So much prettiness! I bought two jumpers worth of British breeds Aran and quite a lot of hand dyed lace and sock weight.

 












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One highlight was meeting Kate Davies, who is not just a talented designer, but so lovely as well.
Seeing her sample garments made me want to knit everything she has every designed, starting with Warriston, which I did buy the yarn for. 
We spend four days in the Lake district and there were sheep EVERYWHERE. I don't know what breed most of them were, but there was a large variety. Tomorrow I'll tell you about the lovely knitting I did while I was away, but right now I need to go unpack.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Holidays!


Some people plan a holiday by booking accommodation, working out train and plane travel and deciding what to do when they get there. I have a husband who travels like that. I plan around one thing: knitting. So, Leon and I are heading of for Ireland, Portugal and England. My plane knitting is Laar by Gudrun Johnson, in some Wollmeise lace weight.
I expect this little cardigan will take most, if not all of trip, since it's lace weight and I'm making it with long sleeves and slightly longer through the body. If it doesn't the Cookie A sock club pattern will be waiting on my email and there will be plenty of opportunity to buy yarn.
 
Ahh shopping. If you recall, the last big trip I did was a bit bereft of yarn. The trip before that I went to Sock Summit 2009. This trip has a fibre focus, at least near the end. We're going to London, where I'm finally going to the Victoria and Albert Museum -    I can't believe I lived in London and never got around to going. I'm doing a London Yarn shop crawl with Jen,  and then heading up to the Lake District for Woolfest where there will be sheep! and Nicola! and general excitement.
This trip, unlike the last, we are not going electronics free for the month. I will be periodically checking emails, and I might even try to blog once or twice.
So that's me, signing off for the time being.