Glossing over the recent lack of proper posting, I have been busy on the knitting front and have recently completed three items.
First we have the Noro hat
Knit from the one ball of Silk Garden left over from Klaralund. The pattern is the Silk Garden Beanie
, and was knit on 4 DPNs. Well, it was to start with, but I found I hated knitting this many stitches on DPNs so much, I switched to a short circular until I got so far along on the decreases I had to switch back.
A quick and easy knit, this was a train project which was done in a week.
Next up, my second Clapotis
Like my first Clapotis, this was knit using Hip Knits silk, in random stripes of Cafe au Lait and Teddy Bear. I love this pattern, it's such a satisfying knit. I made this one quite a bit smaller than the first - using about 300g rather than 400 - as I have found that the first one has stretched - the nature of silk I guess. I wear mine all the time as a great big scarf, and I love it. This one is for my sister in law for Christmas. I think I like this one more than my own, so I hope she likes it too! I reckon I have just enough yarn left to knit myself a small scarf version....
And thirdly, drum roll please - I present Penryn. First the non-modelled shots
And now the modelled shot
I love, love, love this sweater. It has turned out far better than I ever could have hoped. It fits perfectly (the sleeves are perhaps just a tad
longer than I'd normally wear, but still just fine), and the chunky wool doesn't add pounds and make me look like a Weeble
It was a very quick and simple knit, and putting it together was pretty straightforward too. Getting the set in sleeves right was the biggest challenge, but they look absolutely fine.
My second wearable sweater - woo hoo!
This pattern was Penryn from the Jaeger Natural Fleece and Fur Collection (JB36) pattern book. Knit in Rowan Chunky Print, this took 6 balls of Pebble Dash on 9mm bamboo circs. Time on the needles - less than a week.
I would definitely knit this again. I didn't knit it in the Jaeger Natural Fleece because The Knit Tin didn't have any colours I liked, but last time I was there they had a much better range. There's another very similar pattern in the book which is a plain v-neck, but again fitted like this one. The sleeves are foul however, being a mix of the Natural Fleece and Fur, but looking at the two patterns I could easily use the sleeve pattern from Penryn instead.
Mind you I have plenty to be getting on with at the moment. I have finished the back, and am about a third of the way through the first sleeve on the Anniversary Sweater
. I'm knitting this in handpaintedyarn.com worsted merino which I managed to get my hands on last year. It's so soft - an absolute joy to knit. But lots of cables - every 8 stitches and every 4 rows. So I took the plunge and looked up how to cable without a cable needle. It works, it's great.
Also in progress are two mini versions of the Irish Hiking scarf for my two nephews, and a full version for my brother. I have to get these all finished by 18th December. I may have to put the Anniversary Sweater aside....
Outside of knitting like mad in every spare moment, work looks like it is going to be very busy from now until Christmas. The office move went well, although I don't think they put the heating on early enough in the new offices. On the days I go into the office I'm generally at my desk by 7.30, and although the radiators are going full blast, the office itself is freezing, and doesn't really warm up until about lunchtime. I think words with the building managers may be in order. In the meantime Cozy & Clapotis are keeping me warm.
Today we sorted the sheep out into their winter groupings. We have 2 groups of 8 ewes who have been put in with the rams. We should therefore start lambing in mid April. The other 21 are mostly this year's lambs - 6 wethers (castrated males) will go for meat in a few weeks, and we have two old ewes who unfortunately we have to cull this year. The rest are ewe lambs who are too young to be put with the rams. Our new young ram Larry is very excited by it all. Ronnie & Reggie are much more laid back, although as they have to share their ewes there's a bit of argy bargy between them. The winter is always the time when the rams seem to be at their happiest - not that they're exactly unhappy
the rest of the year, but they always seem just a bit more contented when they're with the ewes. Bearing in mind that all the hanky panky is generally done within the first 2 to 3 weeks, it can't just be the sex. I guess like us, they simply like the companionship of the opposite sex.