Been knitting

It's autumn down under and I've been knitting quite a bit this last month or so , thought it was time I showed you what happens when you do a few knits and purls with a purpose. Yesterday it was raining and cold so I sat down and watched Lady Hamilton (1941) on ABC, an old black and white movie with Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier which was based on the scandalous affair Lord Horatio Nelson had with Lady Emma Hamilton with whom he had one child. Interestingly Dear Husband had a seafaring gr gr grandfather who was said to be a relative of Lord Horatio Nelson, must dig into that area of the family tree a bit more one day. I decided to knit this little scarf named Just Enough Ruffles which I bought via Ravelry. I had two balls of Twilley's Freedom Spirit in shade 510, bought locally at the end of last winter. The only alterations I made were out of necessity as I was running short of yarn, so there are 4 less short row shapings and 1 lrow ess in the ruffle and I have about 12 inches of wool left. It is fabulously soft and drapey, very happy with this knit.

Next up is my Leaf and Flower shawl which I showed you the beginnings of a couple of posts ago. It took me three days to knit this one, then the soak and blocking another day and here it is finished, looking forward to wearing this one soon. Really happy with my first attempt at shawl knitting.

This shouldn't have taken long to knit but I got a little tired of knit 3, purl 2 rib..........anyway it's finished now. I did enjoy the decreasing, it creates a four sided swirl pattern on the crown. This is to be gifted to a very inspiring teacher who Surfer Boy has enjoyed going away to the annual state school surfing competition for the last 3 years. The pattern is Jacques Cousteau which is available on Ravelry for free. I knit it from some wool I bought at the local St. Vinnies for $1 a ball a few years ago, it is really gorgeous Shepherd of NewZealand Glen Mist, Black Label double knit, so soft and definitely not a bit scratchy but sadly no longer available.

This little shawlette came before the Noro shawl, I just had to have a go with one ball of Regia Design Line Kaffe Fassett self patterning sock wool shade 4259. I used a very basic pattern, Feather and Fan Comfort Shawl freely available here. It's just a little neck warmer to tuck into a coat but it did teach me the basics of shawl making.

Finally this is another one ball project, Naturally Aspire in shade 1007, this is a New Zealand wool and alpaca blend double knit. The pattern is Meret by Woolly Wormhead and is a really lovely slouchy lacy beret and the pattern would show up much better if I hadn't used a multi colour wool. Anyway I loved knitting this pattern, so easy, and it fits beautifully, perfect for cold walks on the beach with Ruby dog.

Now that was a long knitting post! I need to work out what to knit next, nothing on the needles for tonight..........better fix that. Click on any of the photos for a closer look.


Levin said...

wow - you have been amazingly busy. i have the knitting bug as well and i am loving ravelry. i am currently making fingerless gloves as mother's day presents and a cardi for me. i love the look of the beret in your last picture - i have downloaded the pattern for further perusal ;-)
i've discovered this shop ( that is selling it's wool at $5 a ball which makes small projects luxuriously affordable.
hope you had a great easter - thanks for the inspiration

Pip at Rest is not idleness said...

I agree you have been busy with your knitting. I've never managed to get into knitting the way I have with quilting, it is something that has always been hard to master and I have to say I don't enjoy it very much. Luckily for me my mother and sister knit but don't quilt, so we have it covered.