Sunday, April 15, 2007

What have I been up to?

It seems an awful long time since I posted about any knitting, so here’s a swift recap of what I’ve been up to lately.

I finished the lace scarf with the beautiful alpaca handspun which Caroline sent me

I’m delighted with the end result. A lovely soft, but light scarf.

I whipped up a quick cropped cardigan (Blue Sky Alpacas pattern) in Garnstudio Drops Alpaca. Fabulous yarn and great service. This is the first time I’ve ordered from Garnstudio and knit their yarn. Brilliant on both counts. The cardigan fits great, and was a very fast knit. I can see me getting good use out of this.

I knit an entire sweater in Jo Sharp Silk Road double knit but was very disappointed with the end result, so that’s been frogged and consigned to the stash. I do have another pattern in mind for it though. Loved the yarn, just not the pattern.

On the needles at the moment is a top down cardigan (Knitting Pure and Simple pattern) in Sublime Cashmere Merino. I bought this double knit yarn at the Knitting & Stitching show last year. It’s beautifully soft and lovely to knit with. I have high hopes for this as a useful cardigan for those cool summer evenings.

An exciting event last Friday - our yarn finally came back from Woolcount! I’m so proud of our goats – they made beautiful yarn! We have 17.5 kgs of 80% kid, 20% silk – it’s a 4 ply yarn and oh so soft!

Plus 16.5 kgs of a double knit yarn 80% kid, 20% merino. Again, beautifully soft.

I’m glad we chose to use the first clip kid. We always knew our goats produced very fine fleeces and it’s so gratifying to see such beautiful end results. Now I just have to work out how I’m going to sell it all ;)

Over Easter we got all the goats and sheep out, so it finally feels as though winter is over. We’ve been having a fabulous spell of weather lately and it’s lovely to see them all out enjoying the spring sunshine.

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