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.


Anonymous Caroline M said...

I thought about your goats this week whilst watching my grass shoot up. Good grass growing weather is good for you if not for me.

I'm struggling to visualize 34kg of yarn. I know what a kilo of 4 ply looks like but I can only imagine so many of those at once. My favorite is the shiny four ply, probably in a light aqua. Does it bloom beautifully when washed?

6:16 pm  
Blogger cpurl17 said...

I see that Sping is blooming in your corner of the world! Lovely sweaters & scarf!

Please put me on the list of eager customers in line for your fiber. How excitig to produce your own yarn.

7:29 pm  
Anonymous cathy said...

I'm sure you'll have no shortage of customers for your goat yarn.

I love the scarf in your top photo.

6:15 pm  
Anonymous kerrie said...

oooh, your yarns look lovely!

8:24 am  
Blogger Sarah said...


The scarf, the cardi, but most of all, the yarn! Wow! I'm sure some blog readers of yours might like to buy a skein or two...hint hint!

4:56 pm  
Blogger Iris said...

Wow, you have been busy! Love the scarf and the cropped cardigan.

As for all that yarn, I imagine you'll have no end of people who want to buy some - I for one can't wait to get my hands on some more of your lovely first clip kid. ;-)


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