Rare Beauty

My favourite online spinning store Spun Out has reopened, since the owner moved from Perth to Melbourne.  So to celebrate I felt I aught to make a purchase or two. This was purely a selfless show of support of course, not at all because I am a greedy addict when it comes to beautiful fibre.

Amongst my purchases were three Skein merino/silk tops in the Wasabi colour-way. I love these colours so much.

I am a huge fan of Skein yarns as you know but sadly Kristen has stopped dyeing fibre so these tops are indeed a rare thing. They are 50% merino and 50% silk and so fine and slippery that I struggled to spin it on a wheel. This is probably my fault as I am a fast treadler, I am therefore spindling and enjoying every moment. I haven’t decided whether to 2ply or 3 ply yet but I definitely know I want to make a shawl with the yarn when it’s done.

Knitting is also very enjoyable at the moment, I’m up to mid-calf on the first sock.

ttfn x

Finished Aurora Borealis Scarf

Ta daaa!

It’s finished and I’m wearing it today and probably every day this week because I love it so much.  The yarn hand dyed by Skein is merino/cashmere 4ply in Ao colourway, it is so very soft and squishy and the colours are absolutely gorgeous.  It did grow a little after soaking for 5 minutes but I put it in the tumble drier when still a bit damp and it shrunk back to nearly it’s original size.  I find that merino does tend to grow a little but 15 minutes in a tumble dryer on a low to medium heat usually sorts that right out.  The pattern is “Favorite scarf ever” (oh but it kills me to not be able to put a u in favourite but if you put the u in you won’t find it) by Lisa Bruce.  I think it’s a perfect match for pretty sock yarn that is too pretty to end up on your feet and I used my whole skein up to make a long 208cm scarf.  The pattern is so easy I would say perfect for someone who wants to try lace for the first time.

So now I’m off to work wearing my lovely new scarf… and other clothes of course.

ttfn Melanie x

Progress report: aurora borealis scarf

This project is going very slowly for something that only takes one skein of yarn, pitifully slowly even.  I have no excuses as to why really.  I still love it, mostly because of the yarn but also because chevrons make me happy too.  I can’t wait to wear it and this is what’s propelling me onwards to finish it.  I finished the first half yesterday and have made the brave move to knit it in two halves like the pattern suggests.  I have a cunning plan to help me conquer any grafting calamities. I’m going to graft it on a Monday night when I have the support of fellow Richmond knitters who I am sure will order medicinal gin STAT if it’s required. Then get me to do breathing exercises to calm me down before walking me through the disaster until I reach a point of safety as per the knitters code.

 

 

The photo was taken by the lovely Sonia after I complained at my inability to capture the colours accurately.  So many thanks Sonia you have done me proud the different shades of blue and green are much more evident in the above photo than my previous attempts.

In other news…

…I still haven’t finished the handspun hap blanket, lost the love there, hopefully only temporarily though.  I’ve been spindling some Shetland tops though, which aren’t finished but at least I can say I’m not completely unproductive.

Fixated

I have a confession to make, yep another one.

I have a tendency toward fixations.

There you go, I’ve said it!

My most recent fixation is with hand dyed yarns and at the moment particularly Skein yarns. I have only 4 of her yarns in my possession at the moment but I find myself prowling her etsy shop every Friday when she updates for more colourways.  My latest acquisition is another Merino/Cashmere fingering weight in colourway Fallow, here it is very poorly photographed since it is much, much better in real life.

This particular colourway has my favourite  greeny-blues and plum and browns in it.  But it’s more than favourite colours, I love the graduated layering of colour and the subtle transitions within the skein, that’s what makes it magic.

I am knitting the Aurora Borealis scarf with same merino/cashmere fingering in the Ao colour and I can’t stop admiring the colour changes in the scarf and you know that thing that has us hooked on Noro, the what-colour-next and how-pretty-do-they-look-together thing, well I get that with this yarn too.  This more than anything is the reason I find myself purchasing yet more merino yarn when in actual fact, I am not a huge fan of merino.  Oh my gosh another confession.  There, I’ve said it in black and white, yes you read that correctly, I am not a fan of merino, actually I mostly find it just a bit blah.  As I have probably mentioned before I am one of those weird people who actually likes the scratchy properly woolly stuff that most people wrinkle their noses at.

I have no plans for my latest skein of Skein yarn as yet except that it will probably become a shawl or scarf but for now it sits on my desk being admired, however, I don’t think it’s going to remain un-knitted for long.

The Aurora Borealis scarf is coming along, I am a 10th of the way through and I am still madly in love with it. Here it is…

Hope you have a lovely weekend.

ttfn Melanie x

A few of my favourite things

As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve cast on for a couple of new projects.  One of which is my Aurora Borealis scarf.  This scarf combines a few of my favourite things.

Firstly, it’s a scarf and I am of the opinion that you can never have too many scarves. Scarves to snuggle into and scarves that are just enough to take that nip out of the weather.  I will even wear a scarf with my pyjamas when I’m watching the telly and of course you need scarves of different colours to complement every outfit. I have big love for scarfie-shawly type things.

Secondly, it’s knit from a single skein of luxury sock yarn and I am a bit addicted to buying luxury hand dyed sock yarn.  I love the colours, the one-of-a-kind-ness and that they are just enough of a purchase to cheer you up without breaking the bank.  The indie dyers that produce these lovelies have my fullest respect and admiration, proper yarn artists they are and I’m more than happy to keep them gainfully employed.  Sometimes though, I think that luxury sock yarns are just too beautiful to be hidden under boots and trousers, not that I’m adversed to wearing cashmere socks, oh no! Diamonds may not be my thing but luxury fibres, I can never get enough of and I have every intention of knitting some cashmere socks one day, several pairs in fact.

Thirdly, it’s a free Ravelry pattern!  I came across it while playing with the advanced pattern search thingumy which is one of my favourite things about Rav.  It is a beginner lace pattern, so very simple, but I like simple and unfussy and it has an elegant chevron thing going on.  I like directional stitches too they bring out the colour variations in the sock yarn beautifully.  It’s name if you want to look it up is “favorite scarf ever”, which is quite apt really, it’s by Lisa Bruce (I used to have a nana Bruce, she was my nana’s best friend and she would bring lots of Scottish baked treats, yum, for us when she visited, my nana and her both being Scottish).  Hmm, anyway, you have to use the American spelling of favourite or it doesn’t come up but here’s a link.  As this scarf is knit in two halves it will be small enough to be my on-the-go-knit-it-on-the-peasant-wagon project except that I haven’t yet come to terms with grafting lace since the crofters cowl thing so I might chicken out.  Whatever happens, I am so in love with this pattern that I’m planning a second one already, I think that the original one on the Ravelry page has a bit of a Missoni thing going on.

The yarn is from Skein a NSW dyer on Etsy, it’s Merino/cashmere in colourway Ao.  The colours are grey-green-blue with flashes of light yellow-green, not girly pretty but it will go with many things in my wardrobe. When I began to knit it up the colours moving through the chevrons put me in mind of the Aurora Borealis with the dancing lights and everything so that’s what I called it, yes I’m a bit fanciful now and then often.

The Aurora Borealis is something that has long fascinated me and one day I will see it.  I read in the news online that they’ve started doing flights from Humberside airport over to the northern most parts of Scotland to view this beautiful phenomena recently, which is very exciting.  Next time I come and visit you Fiona we will have to do this!  I am aware that there is also the Aurora Australis but the Borealis was the first one I knew about and I’ve been fascinated with it since I was a child so that’s why it takes precedence in my affections.  Who knows though, maybe I’ll be lucky enough to get to see both.

As you know, I think you can never have too many scarves and one that is knit from a single skein of luxury sock yarn from a free pattern, well, what’s not to love?

3rd parcel

My 3rd parcel arrived yesterday while I was out at work.  I’m sooo happy, squeeeeeee!

It’s 113g of Wensleydale top from www.skeinyarns.etsy.com .  I fell in love because of the beautiful colours and also because the fibre is Wensleydale, we had many a wonderful day out in Wensleydale and the Wensleydale sheep are super cute.

All I have to do now is find me a drop spindle and have a go.  I was hoping to start a beginners spinning course this weekend with the Handweavers and spinners guild but they are full so I shall have to wait patiently till October for the next one.

In the meantime, I have booked next week off work so I can knit to my heart’s content and hopefully explore some yarny and handmade shops around Melbourne.  Hopefully I can pick up a drop spindle and some advice and some ingredients to start my dyeing adventures, I also need some fat quarters to play at making buttons.  So many lovely crafts, so little time.  My main mission though is to complete Ian’s socks and my clapotis so that I can begin to make progress on my two neglected cardigans and get to wear them before Summer hits us.

Hope you have a fibrelicious weekend x