Sunday, 25 September 2011

CAN'T HAVE TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING.....


Hello there! Can't believe the weekend is so nearly over. The working week was particularly long and tiring, so I have made up for it by spending the whole weekend knitting; after catching up on all the housey chores, of course. But now I have a pile of schoolwork waiting to be done this evening. It's been worth it though. A little bit of time spent doing what you fancy is always a GOOD THING!


At long last I have finished the 'Fishbone Gansey' socks that I began way back in July. The pattern is another by Anne Hanson, as always, beautifully written and accurate. I love the finished socks, but don't particularly love the yarn. It's by Renaissance Dyeing and although I like the colour, the dye bleeds over hands and wooden needles and is nowhere near soft and squishy enough for my liking. It's 100% Blue-faced Leicester, but doesn't give a particulary even stitch either.


If you remember, I couldn't make my mind up last weekend, whether to go with the shawlette pattern for the September yarn from Knitspot's 'Fall in Full Color' club, or 'Miss Doolittle', another from Knitspot. As I'm not usually a great fan of small 4ply shawls, I decided to go with the scarf pattern. The yarn is Shalimar Yarns 'Breathless', in colourway 'hazel leaf'. The mix is 75% merino, 15% cashmere and 10% silk.


The pattern is easy enough to memorise and seems to be knitting up quite quickly.


I like the way the colours of early autumn are panning out across the pretty, pleated hem flounce and snowdrop lace pattern.


I've had a tidy up on my projects page over on Ravelry, putting one or two little souls into hibernation for the winter and bringing out 'Gunnerside Ladies', nicely refreshed after a long summer snooze. Do you remember her? I hadn't got very fr, before she fell asleep.


The yarn is a gorgeously deep, dark brown. I hope my mojo returns for this one, before the weather turns too cold.


I also dug out a pair of socks that I had begun, using Posh Yarns Sylvia 4ply, a 50% merino 50% silk mix. What on earth was I thinking of, using this luscious, soft and squishy delight for SOCKS!!!! I frogged immediately, before I had a change of heart and cast on ..............


........ Anne Hanson's 'Aria Delicato'. The pattern is easy to memorise and seems to grow rather quickly, which is always a bonus, as one struggles to get through one's yarn stash, ahem!!!!. The yarn skein is a very generous 440yds, so I'm doing an extra pattern repeat and will also add to the overall length.


Much better use of this gorgeous stuff. I'm loving it already...... pretty pattern and beautiful, subtle colour changes. No chance of this little beauty being returned to the hibernation box. Oh no!

I do have some new yarn to show you too. Think I'll save that for next time though. Can't go sharing TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING all in one go, now can we!

Have a good week!

12 comments:

Sarah said...

All so lovely. I particularly like the colour of that scarf. I hope you get your work done soon. School would be alright if it wasn't for all the extra stuff! I did mine yesterday morning while waiting for Andy to get out of bed!

josiekitten said...

I do like the Miss Doolittle scarf - the pleated edge is very pretty. New yarn, new yarn?!!! Tell me more, please!!!! Have a good week!

Ozzy Blackbeard said...

Gosh, everything is fantastic! Love the pink socks, and the scarf and Shalimar Breathless is gorgeous. The pattern looks like flower heads - bluebells or lily of the valley; and the colour of the yarn is great - very tweedy to me.

The cabled jumper looks very cosy, and the blue scarf is beautiful; I agree that Posh Yarns is too nice for socks. :)

busybusybeejay said...

I've just succumbed to two lots of Posh Yarn to add to my vast stash!I just couldn't resist it.Work just so gets in the way of everything.I'm so glad I'm retired but I do miss the children.

Jo said...

You've got some gorgeous things on the go at the moment, and I love those socks too. The Hazel Leaf colourway is just perfect for autumn, I'm sure you'll get lots of use out of the scarf as it will go with so many things. Good luck with the school work.

Kathy said...

You've got so much on the go ... I don't know how you do it! Lovely colours again .... even though I don't knit, I really do appreciate your love of wool. The colours are just divine. Thanks for your kind comment over at my place ... that art project had great results for minimum effort!!!
I'm loving Year 4 - so much easier than settling in Year Threes.
Have a great week!
xxx

Anna said...

What fantastic projects, I love the pink socks, they're so pretty. And those shawls look really good already!

Tracy said...

Sooo much beautiful knitting, Ros... The Gansey socks are just so lovey--that bright magenta color makes for happy feet! ;o) The Miss Doolittle Scarf is shaping up so lovely too--love the yarn/color. But there's more new yarn...ooo... you tease us! ;o) I have a knitted vest on the needles for our young niece soon to be 3--hoping to share the finish soon. So there is knitting happening here... LOL! Happy Week, my friend ((HUGS))

Maggie and Mitch said...

How exciting to have so many projects going at once! Love those socks!

Denise said...

You've got some lovely knits on the go, I love that sweater. Hope younger it finished in time for winter!

Lyn said...

your sock drawer must look amazing-mine are all black!
xxx

melissa said...

love the new yellow scarf! those colors are gorgeous!!