Working with wool and needles

I knit a tea cosy this week for a friend who had requested one quite some time ago. As I'm not a tea or coffee drinker I didn't have any patterns for one so after checking Ravelry I headed off to the local thrift stores. I found a few patterns but this very textured SIRDAR one took my fancy because I thought I could make it look a bit more contemporary. My friend is an art teacher so I knew it would have to be a bit special. I really enjoyed knitting this cosy, I trimmed it with green Icord as it's my friends favourite colour and it looks fab on her tomato red teapot.

I've been knitting a lot lately, it's mid winter here and the days are short so knitting infront of a blazing fire is very appealing. This Shalom Cardigan is a little free pattern that I found over at Ravelry, not quite my size but with some mods I increased the bust by 5" and it fits great. I used Cleckheaton Country Wide pure wool that I picked up locally at Kmart of all places. Found the perfect button while out walking in my lunch hour one day last week. This was a super easy knit and fast! As you can see my two assistants were working hard keeping me and my Shalom Cardigan company.

Next project is a pair of felted Maryjane slippers for my sister-in-law who had a birthday this week. I'm using Sullivans Cozy Wool which I'm sorry to say is not very environmentally friendly, 100% Australian wool made in China!! How could that be economic!


Levin (and Emily) said...

i have been knitting lots too! but i'm finding it so frustrating not to be able to get the wool i want for projects. we don't have very many yarn shops in adelaide and the few we have are far away which makes life difficult.
i really want to knit a beanie in debbie bliss cashmerino aran, but the postage costs almost as much as the wool - hmmmm :{
I love the look of your shalom cardigan. i've downloaded the pattern - but i might need help increasing the bust size - by many, many inches :)

Rachel said...

I was just looking at the Shalom Cardigan pattern last week and trying to decide what kind of yarn to use for it! It's definitely a "must knit" in the future, especially since I can see yours is turning out so well!