Monthly Archives: May 2015

Ho…li…day…

We are currently on holiday in France. There were lots of reasons for me to look forward to this week away. Here are several of them…

photo (1)The four skeins at the front were hand dyed by me and Red for a jumper for Red (the far left is bright red, not pink, and the other three are brown with red mixed – something funny about the colours here…); the two at the back are hand spun for a wrap for Myrtle.

Happy holidays 🙂

 

 

Cardigan Bay

Last summer we spent an unprecedented amount of time in Cardigan Bay in Wales. It is a beautiful stretch of coastline with towns that don’t quite live up to the scenery in which they are set. Which is to say the carousels and arcades of Barmouth aren’t quite as nice as the beaches and mountains that surround it.

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Sometime before we were set to go I decided it was about time to use some Brooklyn Tweed that I had as part of a yarn club a couple of years ago. The pattern in the club was for a shawl which I liked but not enough to want to make. I did have some ideas of my own though. I decided to get an extra skein in a dark yellow kind of colour and make a short sleeve jumper inspired by Cardigan Bay. And I liked that a jumper was called Cardigan. Yeh that’s quite silly.

So last summer I started. On 2.5mm needles. This will take a while. It really did take a while. But there’s sand, a high water mark and the waves in the sea. Just like Cardigan Bay. And now it’s finished and it fits and is getting lots of wear too.

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Something I have discovered is that I can knit in the car if it’s all using knit stitch, which this is. There are two advantages to this. Much more knitting time. And much less back seat driving.

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From start to finish

It started with a bag of raw fleece. It was washed. It was combed. It was spun. It was dyed. A hat was designed. And made. And finished. Red was very clear that he wanted a mix of blue, green and yellow which I thought was quite ambitious but Red and I were both pleased with the result.

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