Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Knitters Christmas Wish List

Hand Painted Yarn from Shunklies

What every knitter
Just a few lovely knitting finds.

Hand Dyed Yarn from Shunklies

Peppermint Babushka Knitting Needles from Sail On Baby

Sheep Knitting Bag from Slipped Stitch Studios

Sheep Knitting Needle Gauge from Girl on the Rocks.

The Knitters Tool Tin by Sarah Wilson

Heirloom Knitting Shetland Hap Shawls by Sharon Miller.

Coastal Knits book by Alana Dakos and Hannah Fettig

Knitting theme cards by Julie Nelson Rhodes at Tilly Flop Designs

Friday, 18 November 2011

Before and After

After only a few weeks of wear and a couple of washes these hand knit socks have pilled all around the ankles and do not look their best. Made in Debbie Bliss Cashmerino which is very soft and comfortable. However, using this yarn for a pair of hiking socks is taking it's toll. A few weeks ago I purchased one of those gadgets for 'strimming' off the dreaded pills. I have never owned one of these before so was slightly sceptical about it's claims to transform knitwear to it's former self. I use it now all the time. Here's the after effect on the socks (with the careful aid of scissors on the worst areas).....

My only criticism is with the fluff compartment. It is prone to coming loose and distributing it's contents at just the wrong moment. Rather than return the item for another with probably the same issue, the tape bandage has been introduced and problem solved. This one came from a well know website more famous for selling books - but seems to sell just about anything now.

Saturday, 5 November 2011

Red Roof House

Looking out across a loch in Scotland surrounded by mountains there's a little red roof croft house. Soon available as a knitting pattern from Hand Knitted Things - due to be published November 2011. Click here to see more pictures on Flickr.