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From fibre to cowl, and spinning gradient yarn

From fibre to cowl

In the first few episodes of the Give Me A Crown podcast I’ve spoken about the process of spinning this merino fibre and knitting it in to a cowl.  This post will go in to more depth about the steps as I took photos along the way (in various lighting conditions so please forgive the quality of the shots), and I’ll explain the moment of clarity that I had about ways to spin gradient yarn for one-skein projects to maintain the gradient. Continue reading

Accidental socks

Accidental socks

Sometimes the knitting needles have a mind of their own and all I can do is follow along. That’s what happened with these Accidental socks.

I wanted to try out two colour cast-ons and found a photo tutorial from Talena Winters. I picked up two balls of Regia from my stash without too much thought for the colours because I was going to try it, rip it out, and put the yarn back in my stash… but the knitting needles took control. Continue reading

My first taller knit socks and the need for calf increase

Tall knit socks and the need for calf increases

I’m working on a slow-knitting top at the moment with a yarn that is a touch on the harsh side (but will soften up after washing) so, to alternate with a softer project, I cast on a pair of plain socks with a ball of Austermann Step self-patterning sock yarn. The yarn is easy on the hands and contains Aloe Vera and Jojoba Oil, and while my colour choice was a little odd, it was a dream to knit with. Continue reading

Mum’s alpaca knit mittens

Mum's alpaca knit mittensIn the pre-holiday rush I forgot to post about these mittens I made for my mum for an upcoming winter adventure.

This was my second time using Morris and Son’s Maya baby alpaca yarn and I love love love it. So soft and warm, perfect for mittens.

I combined a few different stitch patterns to create a light texture for the top of the hand. It was an experiment which I’m mostly happy with but I’d make a few minor changes if I made these again.

Most importantly, mum was super thrilled :) And she loved her cable along socks.

Lightly textured knit mittens

Needles: 3.0mm (US 2.5) and 2.5mm (US 1.5)
Yarn: Morris & Sons Maya 8 ply Baby Alpaca
How much: 1.4 skeins (140 metres / 153 yards), 70 grams
Colorway: 3814 Lagoon