I know most everyone here is in the Northern Hemisphere, but for those of us in climes further south there is a good value yarn source here in Oz. Bendigo Woolen Mills have been around for a long time but just recently they've added a website www.bendigowoollenmills.com.au that shows the range and has online ordering.
It's factory direct and they only stock natural fibres. Most of the yarns are around AUS$10.70 (about US$9.70) for big 200g balls, up to AUS$15.00 for alpaca. The colour range is pretty good, not brilliant, but there are some nice shades. They do send overseas too.
No affiliation, I just think the yarns are good value. I've used them in the past and the quality was good.
Sailing season has started; this means less time available for yours truly to knit. I do miss it, but I am out of the house early and home late, worn and washed from sun and sea. It has been almost a week since I put needle to yarn and what’s worse I am not sure where my needle case is. Personally I blame the needle gremlins. On the plus side sweetie bought me some lovely yarn from "Aussi Wools" in a dark green Mallard color. I am ready to start my vest except I have to roll the skeins. Every time I try to wind the yarn rebels and tries to run away. I will eventually get on it, but the yarn (worsted weight doubled) knits up quite nicely; it was suggested that I swatch for a large slightly shaped project. Off to look for my needle case and motivation. I put some of my more attractive yarns in a large vase on my coffee table; it is cheaper than flowers, looks good and is a constant source of encouragement. I also have two exceptionally nice balls of Alchemy Bamboo in the Dragon colorway that are crying for a nice project, I haven’t found it yet though. Suggestions?
Knitting (in mind if not in body) in the Bronx.
I had never intended to use this venue to expose myself as (keep reading, it's duller than you might think) having learning disabilities, but, ehh...there it is. Where most of my brain is richly crennelated and pumped with crackling neurons, a particularly vital part is smooth, flat and quiet. It's the part needed to spatially manipulate and translate instructions. So - I watched the linked video to see how to do the magic loop. Cool. The woman teaching it sounds so calm and confident. The demo looked effortless. And armed with this, I tried for about an hour to replicate what she did. With amused horror, I watched as my yarn grew into A Thing With Two Heads just before morphing into its final form as The Blob. And that, I suspect, is why cheap yarn is made....anyhow. I will continue to pursue this skill, however, I may found a support group for those of us for whom technical directions first present themselves as heiroglyphics. More to follow....
I recently sat down and learned this short row technique for a toe up sock and it's pretty slick. I showed some folks at GLBT-Knit Camp last weekend in Vermont and they asked me to put together a tutorial, so I've done just that.
In the process of binding off Rose of England, a design by Marianne Kinzel. I'm knitting the 'tea' sized, but as a shawl.
A Rose/Raspberry (in natural light it's an 'Old rose' shade) of Douceur et Soie; size 6 US needles.
14 of the 50 motifs cast off at this point.
here's a photo of the start of the second attempt with this yarn - as many of you know on my blog I chronicled the farewell of Gregg's sweater - it was sized poorly - so here's what I'm working on - as it's constructed you'll see more of what it will look like - :) So far, I like what it looks like. You also will notice my little wheat penny stitch markers in the photo .... I rode to work with my BF this morning and got to knit while he drove - the start of a lovely day! Happy Friday everyone!
After having not knitted since I was a kid, a more than a 30 years hiatus, I decided to pick up the needles again. I've just completed my first project, a beanie in a beautiful deep purple "Silkroad Aran Tweed" yarn from Jo Sharp (a wool/silk/cashmere mix). Not the hardest project in the world, a simple beanie with a single rib edge and 5 spiral decreases, but I'm inordinately pleased and proud of it. First project down, many to go hopefully!
I'm traveling up to Seattle this weekend for a wedding but will have some free time and was wondering if anyone knew of great yarn shops in the Seattle area. Any suggestions?
Yesterday in the post I received my latest knitting book. It's called "Selbuvotter - Biolgraphy of a Knitting Tradition" by Terri Shea in Seattle, WA. The book is a result of her work at the Seattle Nordic Heritage Museum, cataloging Nordic knitted garments. In that project, she charted the designs of the mittens and gloves she was cataloging. The book has 30 patterns for the Norwegian black and white stranded knitting patterns for mittens and gloves. There is a nice section on the history of this style of knitting as well as some practical how-to advice. The graphs are large and easy to read and there are photos of each style knitted up. I ordered the book directly from the author and she is lovely to deal with. Check out the website:
My thanks to JPaul for telling me about this book!
I had no idea editing my posts would repost them to the main thread so many times! Is there any way that can be fixed? I apologize for the repetitions, I was trying to see if multiple pictures could be posted to one blog entry!
What a first impression to make, eh? Hehe. Be well all! Lesson learned!