Monday, June 2, 2008

knit knit hooray!!!!

I have actually been finishing some knitting lately. Nothing very adventurous, just the typical beginner's knitting projects - ie scarves. And here they are:


Black scarflette - not sure what kind of yarn I used with this. I suspect it is some sort of synthetic, but the ladies at my local yarn shop are very snooty and unhelpful so I felt too intimidated to ask (and it didn't say on the tag). Anyway, it is lovely and soft and all knobbly textured. It was quite fun to knit with.


Green scarf which should really have been a bit longer but I ran out of wool and really didn't want to go back to the yarn shop. The yarn is a lovely mix of wool, silk, cashmere and nylon. It is also a bit thick and thin which made it interesting to knit with, especially as this scarf was just all plain knitting (I'm sure this stitch has a proper name - other than 'plain knitting', but I don't know what it is).


Scarf for Kate, almost finished. I bought the yarn at a local spinners and weaver's craft fair. This is handspun merino wool plied with cotton, and it is simply divine. It is beautiful and soft, and knits into lovely haphazard stripes. It is also really thick and really thin in places. I can honestly say I am enjoying knitting every row of this plain stocking stitch scarf, because the wool is just so gorgeous to touch, and watching the patterns emerge is deliciously mesmerising...mmmmmm. It is made by a business called Wild 'n' Woolie, which doesn't have a website (which is a shame as I'd love to plug it) and honestly the prices and quality of their yarns were fantastic. On the yarn tags they simply list a mobile number and an email address, so if you are at all interested let me know and I can email you the details.


I also have a greeny mix of this same yarn, which I plan on making into a beanie for myself. This photo is actually not very true, as the colours are more foresty and green/brown in real life (they kind of look a bit 'purple' and bright here). Anyway, I figure it is time to start expanding my knitting horizons...hell, I may even try to follow a pattern...(***bites knuckles and looks petrified!!!!***). I'll keep you posted. (He he he, get it? A blog post about keeping you posted...yeah? Ok sorry. Why does knitting always bring out the stoopid punster in me?.... hhhmmm must be a wool thing :P)
Bye!

25 comments:

Jo said...

Wow Bec - you have been busy! Love your scarves and the wool looks soooo nice. I'm thinking of taking up crochet again and after reading this post perhaps a scarf would be a good place to start!

Net said...

They look great, love that orangey-purpley one. Can't wait to see the forest colours yarn all knitted up!

Car said...

Ooh love those last two colourways - can you email me her email addy (or PM thru EB) Your knitting is looking great!

Jodie said...

oh I think I shall wage a one woman war on snooty crafty shop types. Why ? why????

Great knitting - love the yarn intended for the beanie !

JustJess said...

I can't stand snooty sales assistants. I do remember a scene in series 1 or 2 of Absolutely Fabulous where Edina says to a sales assistant in a gallery: You can drop the attitude you know, you only work in a shop! I work in a fabric store, and remember this when customers are snooty!!

Christie said...

Your knitting looks great, how good are those bamboo knitting needles!? I just started knitting with them & I am in LOVE!

Levin (and Emily) said...

i'm pretty sure you will be fine following a pattern - you seem very creative. i've made a few beanies and they are quite easy to make.
goodluck.
l
x

hokey said...

Great work with your knitting! Your scarves look great and I'm sure you will be fine with working from a pattern. I have a favourite beret pattern (nice and easy too!) that I can email you if you like. Also, the plain stitch is called garter stitch. Keep up the good work x

Bird Bath said...

they look fab! I like the short black one...I think that would be a very versatile scarf to have in you wardrobe. You have made me think I might need to add a few more scarves to my collection! looking forward to seeing what you knit-up next :)

Rachel said...

Plain knitting is called garter stitch - and I looove all your yarns! Great work!

one little acorn said...

Love them all, but especially the scarf for Kate. It's the colours for sure! Great pic with the wooden needles too!

Ali said...

wow Bec! impressive knitting, and gorgeous yarns, especially the reddy-purple one - mummmm!
(snooty sales assistants don't get my repeat business!!)
You've inspired me to do some clicking away on some needles myself ... Have to buy some yummy yarn I think!
:)

CurlyPops said...

What beautiful knitting...I'm loving the pinky themed variegated yarn that is making the knitted stripes....

2paw said...

Well done, I love the green one!! You'll be extremely warm and chic in Winter!!!

Little Munchkins said...

I soooo wish I could knit. I love your scarves.

Kara said...

Love the knitting! It's how I stopped biting my nails after 15 years of doing it!

Hot Fudge said...

Your scarf creations are just gorgeous - how I envy you. If I find out you crochet as well, it would be too much for me to bear. What delicious colours you have chosen. By the way, next time you encounter the snooty sales lady, I can recommend a great movie and session time for her!

Regards

Robyn

Paula Weston said...

I am obsessed with scarves (tend to wear them lately even when not necessary). Murray is obsessed with beanies, so between us we are the most inappropriately dressd Queenslanders in the state ... sorry, getting of track. I LOVE your scarves (and, may I say, your knitwear photography). So, are you selling this new line yet or what???

xx

Sew Bettie said...

So pretty! I love the green and purple yarn.

BigCat said...

Scarves make for great knitting I reckon. Easy and relaxing. I've been doing a lot of crochet lately and have become a bit bored. Time for some knitting I think. Time to start my knitted blanket project. I love the look of those yarns you bought at the market.

Sherrin said...

I love the first one especially... it's inspiring me to get out the needles again and have another go. :o)

zoesquid said...

Great job on the scarves. Why are those women in the wool shops so darn intimidating????

Hey Harriet said...

Oh those scarves are so beautiful. I'm very envious! I can't knit to save my life! Snooty sales assitants...don't get me started...Grrrrrrrrr!!!

Maureen said...

Advice for dealing with snooty...charm them up first with compliments. "oh you're really fortunate to work in a yarn shop..you must be an encyclopedia of info. And I bet you get so many questions from beginners like me..." "how did you get started knitting? etc etc" and then you fondle a yarn and look and ask quizzically...I don't see what type of fiber this is..can you help me learn how to tell???""

You may call it sucking up or you may call it making people feel good about their job, and having to deal with The Public.

tiel said...

i think I have this top! same colour anyway. And a good friend of mine gave me a beautiful scarf (there is another name for them but I can't remember) for my birthday..similar pin too.
you can knit too? Lucky you!