Saturday, September 17, 2011
Knitting & Crochet Fun
In between my embroidery, and animal duties, I've been playing with some woolwork. My sister and niece recently sent me their yarn stash, so I've made a start at using it. I plan to use it for small projects, ie knee rugs, scarves, baby accessories. Much of it is acrylic, easy to launder. The knee rug above is the first of my experiments. I had five large skeins of this multi-coloured pink/purple, and really wasn't sure how far it would go, so I began with the crochet design that starts in one corner and works out on the diagonal. I kept going until I had used just over two skeins, and then began working my way back into the other corner. It will make a nice little knee rug to pack in my 'nursing home kit'................ If you see a slight colour variation, you are quite correct. Despite all the bands displaying the same dyelot number, there still seems to be some difference. Never mind, this was a project I could work on at night, with a repetitive pattern, and it didn't require a lot of counting and thought.
I have also managed to knit a child's beanie using the wool I purchased recently from Pick Up Stitches. I love this strong colour contrasting wool. It is very soft.
This was my first piece of Fishermens' Rib/Brioche Stitch, and I really enjoyed working it. However, it is VERY elastic, so I needed to use needles one size smaller than I would normally use for traditional rib. I would love to knit a good sweater in this pattern, perhaps in a colour a little more suited to my age group..........LOL..........
I've not long started a little baby cardigan in red 4 ply pure wool, having almost completed the back, and hope to have it finished by the end of next week. I really love knitting for babies and toddlers, so will try to do a few things in the coming months, before the real heat sets in here.
I've only just noticed that Blogger seems to have given us a new photograph viewing capability. I quite like it. Hope others do too.