Saturday, 27 July 2013

knitting

We have had a stunningly good summer so far, I have probably jinxed it now :(

So what may you ask have I been up to? well a lot of baby sitting of course, up until this last week when the schools broke up for summer holidays and my very hard working Em, finally gets some semblance of a rest, Hah! that's what she thinks, the babies will soon put her right on any notions of rest I am sure.

I went to wool fest! and had a whale of a time, spending a fortune of course but rationalising to my self that as hobbies go I am getting my monies worth out of this one. I wont say it is keeping me entirely depression free, it isnt and my hormonally challenged brain and body has had quite a few days where my eyes wont stop leaking, but they say it doesn't last for ever and I am banking on that!

So having bough a beautiful shetland fleece (coughs among other things) at Woolfest  I set about spinning it in to a lace weight yarn, I made it 30 WPI which isnt bad!

the result of that of course was having to prove to myself that this knitting lark is with in my capabilities, after all if I can teach my self to quilt and spin and do plumbing and plastering in my time, why can't I knit? What I can tell you is that every time I tried commercial yarn I fought the yarn and the yarn won, now with my own hand spun we have reached an understanding, we are gentle on each other :)

The counting part was always going to be an issue and I have lost count of how many times I have lost count but in the end I think I can safely say that I am well on my way to no longer being able to say I cannot knit to saying "I have taught myself to knit!"

So here is the second finished article, another shawl because well shawls are just my thing any way and I'm not up to shaping yet. I am, I think justified in feeling chuffed!






It may not be perfect but it is still an achievement.

3 comments:

AyJay said...

That's beautiful and amazing. You are a very fast learner :)

barazile, livpåIrland said...

That shawl is absolutely astounding,
it's amazing that that is only probably the second thing you have knit, if I understand it correctly?
Well Done!
(got here via Ravelry, love your spinning and this shawl, and that Gorgeous Norwegian? wheel a few posts back!)

Quiltycats said...

Thank you for your lovely comments.