This is my take on a pattern from Simply Knitting, just a loose boat neck jumper. I haven't shown the pattern as it is a cotton striped top and no relation to my version. The circular needle is a bit on the short side so the fabric will not lie flat yet. I am still trying out various makes and styles of circulars, this is on Addi Lace, extra sharp. In America they are known as sock turbos.
The yarn is from Italy and is 75%wool and 25% acrylic, it is a DK weight but feels more like Aran. It is a glorious riot of colours, and I love it.
As you can see there was a fairly large amount of nattering so I did not get very far, not to worry it will not be worn till the colder weather arrives.
Deb was wondering what to knit with some sample balls of a new yarn, there was only 1 ball of 2 colourways, so it had to be a small item.
Then there was a lightbulb moment from someone, A Lacy Shawl. Patterns were perused and a triangular shawl from King Cole was selected. Knitted in either DK or Chunky but on HUGE needles, 10 and 12mm (and only 50 gms of wool needed). That was a red flag to me as big needles make my hands ache. Soooo I suggested smaller needles and use the 100 gms. Debs cast on with 6.5mm and was swooshing through it in no time.
This was getting on for time to go home so I finished my row and packed it all away.
Just as I was getting ready to leave the wool shop Deb mentioned a fluffy yarn that was not selling well. Now I am not a big fan of fluff, it makes me sneeze quite violently, but in for a penny and all that. 2 balls were mine in no time at all.
I had already decided to try the shawl pattern on small needles and an odd ball of yarn, so I had a look at the yarn and this light grey jumped out at me. Not for me but for Fran, she loves a scarf and this will go with her coats and most of her clothes.
I could not wait to get home and cast on. Once Ben had been greeted, fussed and hugged I made a cuppa and sat down.
Here it is, if you look close you can tell that it is a simple garter stitch, but the fluff disguises it. As it is so light I will be adding something to each point, perhaps a large silver bead, so that it hangs straight. I am pleased with it and will be working solely on it today. Once it is big enough or I run out of yarn, I will cast off and block it. There is no sparkle in the yarn but it has a shine on the fluffy strands, probably because it is 100% Polyamide. Much as I am loving seeing this grow I do not envisage knitting a garment in it, far too tickley for me.
It was a very damp start to the day, grey drizzles, but the sun is trying hard to break through, fingers crossed. I have a "taxi" trip to Llandybie this afternoon and a 2 1/2 hour wait, so will be going to see Deb again. I will try to remember the camera and ask at the Flying Geese quilt shop if I can put pics on the blog.
Apart from that there is nothing else to tell you. So time for tea.
PS I absolutely hate windows 10 and am thinking of going to my local Computer man and asking if he can replace it with windows 7.