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Centre pull balls

Does anyone know if centre pull balls of yarn must be started from the centre rather than the outside? The yarn I'm using at present is a centre pull but I started from the easy to find outside end, and the yarn is untwisting as I knit. I have to let go of the yarn after two stitches so it can retwist, makes for slow knitting.

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Finished at last

Last night my partner and I blocked my latest lace scarf. The yarn is Jaggerspun Zephyr laceweight, the design is Staggered Fern from Sharon Miller's Heirloom Lace to which I've added a garter stitch border. Zephyr is a delight to work with.

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WIP

I'm working on too many pieces to show a finished photo of anything, so here is a pic of a lace scarf on the go. The yarn is Zephyr merino/silk laceweight, and the design is 'Staggered Fern' from Sharon Miller's Heirloom Knitting. I've added a garter stitch border to the design.

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Recent stash purchases

Somehow or other, these yarns found their way into my stash via the net. Wish I knew a cure!

The greeen is alpaca laceweight from the Etsy shop Pancake and Lulu and the other two are merino laceweight from Grand River Yarns in Ontario.

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Disaster

Yesterday, I had to rip out 54 rows of a shawl I am knitting!! Somehow I had managed to reverse the back to the front at about row 54 and only realised at row 108. Not happy.

I haven't used a lifeline with this shawl because the yarn is heavier (laceweight wool) than my last cobweb scarf, and the stitches don't fall off the needles as the cobweb did.

We've just had two days of 35C and 38C temperatures, so nothing else to do but sit inside and knit or read.

Happy Thanksgiving to all the American MWK.

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At last, a finished object

This piece of lace has been on the needles for what seems like forever. It is being given to a friend who is retiring and moving interstate to a sub-tropical climate where she wont need a heavy scarf. Lace seemed a better alternative.

The yarn is merino hand-painted by Margaret Stove from New Zealand, and the design is by Sharon Miller from her book Heirloom Knitting.

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Non-knitting entry

Saturday, my partner,Clive, and I walked down to the harbour's edge on a beautiful sunny 27C spring day. We bought coffees and sat in the park and watched yachts and ferries on the harbour. In the distance you can see the Sydney Opera House and the Bridge.

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Almost finished

These socks were knitted with two strands of laceweight 2ply merino Marta's Yarns www.martasyarns.com.au/ , she dyes her own yarns. The turquoise I bought by mistake (keying error) so I knitted it with the purple to tone down the colour a bit. The pattern is Nancy Bush's generic sock.

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Lace

This is a piece of lace I'm working on. It is a design by Sharon Miller in 'Heirloom Knitting' and the yarn is handpainted merino laceweight by Margaret Stove, the New Zealand lace guru.

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ps

The cranberry coloured laceweight wool is from Bendigo Woollen Mills, if you email them they will snail mail you their shade card with samples of all their yarns.

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