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Comedy festival knitting

The comedy festival started yesterday and I'm really excited about it. The last two years Leon and I have spent a week in Adelaide attending the Adelaide Fringe festival, and both years I have knitted ( knit, knat?) Leon's winter scarf while there. This year we didn't go to Adelaide, and so are seeing a LOT of shows in the Melbourne Comedy Festival. It's pretty much going to take over the next month, but who can complain about that much fun?
What this means though is that I will be catching the bus to work more often than usual, and hanging about in pubs, queues and various venues. So I cast on for the Lettuce Pullover. It’s a very simple stocking stitch in the round jumper, a relief after all the lace I have been knitting recently. What makes this special is the yarn - Malabrigo lace, in a colour called polar morn, which is blue grey with a pink tinge. Stunning. This mindless knit should be the perfect project for the next three weeks of comedy madness. Don…

Sharon learns to double knit, and doesn’t like it.

I named myself Sharondoubknit on Ravelry three years ago. Basically I knew that doubleknitting is what English people call 8 ply, and I was doing most of my knitting in 8 ply at the time. I vaguely knew that there is a knitting technique called double knitting, but I didn’t actually know what it was. Mainly I thought the name sounded good. Yesterday I cast on for a knitting project that used the double knitting technique. I have 40 stitches on the needles, and for each row you slip every second stitch, with yarn forward. So it’s slow like ribbing, and twice as slow because every stitch is moved twice to make a single round. After progressing with painful slowness for a couple of hours I had a good look at what I was doing – I was creating a double layer of reversible fabric. And then I realised I could do that by simply knitting in the round. I was working on a long circular anyway, switched to stocking stitch in the round and now the project is flying. Double knitting may have some a…

FO - Pointelle Socks

Just a quick catch up post, as Leon and I were away in Ballarat for a 30th birthday party and to see his folks, and now are cleaning the house and getting things ready for the week.

I finishing Pointelle, another Cookie A pattern from Knit Sock Love. Its a fairly complex pattern, with every stitch charted. no pattern repeat at all. While I enjoyed the first sock, the second one gave me grief. I was knitting drunk, but that still doesn't explain how my stitch count ended up 12 stitches out: and the pattern was still intact. Very odd. I also knew, from the third inch, that this was a bad yarn / pattern combination. I forged ahead anyway, since I really wanted to knit with this yarn, because I dyed it myself and I am really in the mood for green. The pattern shows up a bit better in real life, and they are super comfortable.

Things I bought

I went online shopping a little while ago, and everything came in the mail yesterday. This is what I bought: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock in the colours: Thraven, Lover's Leap, Manly yes but I like it too, Rosebud Grimm's Willow Wren. All Socks that Rock Lightweight, except the one on the far right . Which is Socks that Rock Silky, and it's incredibly squishy and lush. The dark grey is for a pair of socks for Leon. The rest is for pulling out when I feel sad, or when I want to plan a project, or when I just need some colour in my day.Then I opened my second package, from Etsy seller One Fat Slug. This came wrapped in pink tissue paper. I was in love before I even saw the yarn. 2 skeins of 50 percent wool, 50 percent silk, dyed with walnuts. These are going to be knee high Lissajous. I think I'll knit them for socktober this year.Also some cashmere sock wool. I haven't decided if I want cashmere socks or a cashmere shawl. Then I went to a real bricks …

FO- Twinkletoes

Anna is one of my best friends, and someone I knit for quite frequently. Knitting for her and her two kids is the gift that keeps on giving back to me. Like the baby blanket I knit for her now three year old, which I noticed in her car last week.Like the time Anna drove me to Wondoflex, and her baby was dressed in the jumper I knit her. Two Christmases ago I knit Anna a pair of Twinkletoes. A couple of weeks ago Anna was driving me to Shepparton - although we did stop at the Bendigo Woollen Mills, just because we could. Did I mention Anna doesn't even really knit? Anyway, she mentioned her grandmother, whom I have met a number of times, is in wheelchair now, and she can't wear shoes, because her feet are all gnarled up. The nursing home had bought her some slippers, that Anna described as incredibly ugly. Could I knit her some shoes, like the one's I knit Anna? Of course: I used left over Collinette Art from my February lady sweater, which is a beautiful soft…

FO - Accidental BFF Jumper

I had such a glorious 4 day weekend. I spun for Leon's next jumper, I spun pussmerino and on Monday night I finished Leon's jumper. I'm really pleased with it, particularly the way the details that I designed came out. I love the shoulder line with the raglan cable. I didn't initially plan to include the cables in the raglan line - it was an inspiration that came to me in the shower at work. Why do all my best thoughts come to me in the shower at work? I adore the line under the arms, onto the body, and the delightful way this souvenir yarn has knitted up with the cable pattern.
When Leon tried it on, the first thing he said was "At least there is an opening for my head". He reminded me that the first jumper I ever knit him, another Elizabeth Zimmerman, was initially too tight to go over his head. I had to reknit the entire neck. I offered to keep this one, if he doesn't like it, but Leon did not have to consider long to decide that this jump…

I own a yarn beast!

No, I didn't buy a sheep. Today I was brushing Princess Daisy, and she provided a pile of fibre. I carded it with some merino,
and got some lovely rolags, probably the best blending I've managed on the hand cards,

spun it on my favourite drop spindle and now I have 20 grams of merino / domestic short hair.

Spinning and indecision

I finished the silk and wool for my 198 yard of Heaven shawl although for some reason in my head I keep thinking of it as 198 yards of happiness. I actually have 239 meters of wool plied with silk, and another 15 meters of Navaho plied silk, which may be enough for the cast off, as I plan to modify the pattern a little to make it larger and use up all the wool.

I'm working hard on spinning the corriedale that I cleaned. It spins like a dream, but the preparation takes longer than the actual spinning, so I have to allocate time to that. Luckily flicking the locks is nearly as much as fun as spinning: I take a clean lock, flick it with the little flick carder and FLUFF, a magic puff of easy to spin fibre.

I am actually going to leave the house today, I'm meeting a friend down the beach. This will give me a chance to keep working on Leon's jumper. I've finished the body and one sleeve up to the point where I need to join and have about half the second sleeve, so I think I …

Why are there so many songs about rainbows?

On Saturday I went around to Jen's and dyed some sock yarn and fibre, using acid dyes, rather than the food colouring I usually use. I overdyed some boring beige Tofutsies, and am very happy with the result.
I also dyed some white alpaca I was gifted: can you believe that these were dyed using the same colour?
Then I painted all the left over dyes onto some plain sock wool I bought for this very purpose.

This is the front of the skein:Turned over it looks like this:

And the answer to the question I led off with is: there aren't, but I've had Kermit singing that song in my head since Saturday, and now you do too.

An unintentional BFF jumper

When we were in China Leon and I stumbled across a yarn shop around the corner from the Forbidden City. The guy working there didn't speak any English, but, when I picked up this lovely dark grey wool he indicated it was sheep, by making horns with his fingers and and baaing! I bought 750 grams of wool in dark grey.

It looks like an eight ply. I'm pretty sure it's pure wool, because it felts, which is good, because I will be doing felted joins. I bought it in 2 big skeins, but when it came time to ball it up I discovered that within the skeins the yarn was divided into 50 gram lots, so I have 15 little balls of wool.

I was originally going to make a Jo Sharp cabled jumper for Leon, but I discovered the smallest size would give him 9 inches of positive ease. Also, it was knit in pieces, which really isn't as nice as seamless, and he thought the cables were too chunky. So I headed back to the inimitable Elizabeth Zimmerman. I decided to make a cabled seamle…