Friday, July 15, 2005

Gift from Oz & Thank you Eyeknit

Today I received a very belated birthday present from my Step Mum all the way from Oz!

300g of Soft Spun Mohair

I adore the colours & it's a beautiful yarn: 78% mohair, 13% wool & 9% nylon but I can't think what to do with it. The yarn is from New Zealand, was purchased in Australia & is now in England - how's that for well travelled yarn. It would make a fantastic Misty Garden from Scarf Style but that only needs 75g & I've got 300g. I could make one but then might be short for a bigger project. Oh decisions, decisions - suggestions very welcome please. It'll have to go in the queue behind some other projects but I'm looking forward to working with it as it's so soft. It came with the following suggestion but it'd be too boring: 10mm needles, 110 stitches & then garter stitch. I want something more challenging than that but no tricky lace please as I don't have any lace experience (basic would be great).

No knitting today as I've been grooming the dogs all day. I did Annie first as she was the smelliest & Blue spent the morning trying to hide herself away in a corner pretending that she wasn't here. She did her usual trick of collapsing to the floor when I went to pick her up - a very heavy dog flat on the floor with legs a kimbo. The same trick was repeated when I picked her up to get her off the table - you'd think she'd been keen to escape. She also managed to soak me & the floor as I put her into the bath - not quite sure how she managed that one. Annie on the other hand was very well behaved as usual & took half the time.

So now I'm tired and covered in dog hair whereas they're lovely clean and a lot shorter so should be more comfortable in this heat.

Annie & Blue
Annie & Blue

Finally a big thank you to Eyeknit. I found her blog in a Google images search for the Entrelac Shawl. I was trying to find pictures of it completed as I just couldn't get my head around the pattern. I used her photos & created a sort of guide for myself which has really helped:

Eyeknits' Entrelac shawl
Eyeknits' Entrelac shawl

I keep it in the plastic sleeve behind my photocopy of the pattern (I always work from a photocopy - mainly as it can get wet as I knit when DD is swimming & also so that I can make notes on it) & refer to it to check I'm following the written instructions correctly. I would have found this pattern far easier if there was a chart with it but maybe it's just because I've never done Entrelac before & got totally confused!


Anonymous said...

Its funny you picked out that scarf because I was going to suggest this

which is very similar.

300G would probably be enough to make an oh so this season bolero. If you can't find a pattern you like, you could just use a basic DK cardi pattern and crop it by working less rows before the armhole shaping. Ok so technically that would be a cropped cardi not a bolero, but all the same worth thinking about

Daisy said...

The colour of that mohair is gorgeous! Enjoy thinking of what to knit with it!

Emily said...

How about the birch shawl from rowan magazine 34. Im about to start it myself!

Bethany said...
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Bethany said...

I'm glad I could help :)
I will keep checking back to see your progress.