Homely Habitat hat

I finished this project yesterday evening tried it on and it fits beautifully. Washed it an dried it flat, not much, ok, any blocking done really.  It didn’t shrink or grow hurrah!  Maybe my mojo has returned.

Ravelry link Sorry for the mirror shot but I had no other option, at least I took my mirror outside to get some natural light because the light inside my house is shocking today due to the lovely rain we’re having, also I did well getting 10 minutes when it wasn’t raining.

I can honestly say that there is nothing that I don’t love about this project, the yarn is just everything I love about a yarn, woolly, textured, beautiful colour.  Due to being woollen spun the stitch definition is slightly fuzzy but the cables still pop.  The pattern is intuitive and well written, the cables are just gorgeous and it fits and flatters too!  What’s not to love? It was also a speedy knit, extra bonus points!  With this in mind I will be buying more Shelter to knit up the other Jared Flood and Wool People patterns in my queue.  Talking of Wool People, I think it’s an absolutely perfect name for the look book, also there is a cabled beanie in there called St. Leger.  You may recall in my Yorkshire day post I wrote about the St. Leger races, ah ha!

Well I shall be off to start my new project.

ttfn Melanie x




Knits for the men

I’ve been busy knitting knits for my men. They all have something new and warm and woolly now.

The first beanie was too big for hubby so eldest son happily claimed it…
So the next day I set about knitting another beanie which would hopefully fit hubby.  Again another Wooly Wormhead pattern but this time in Icelandic Lopi mmmm, snuggly warm.

It fits, huzzah!

Youngest son then decided he would quite like a scarf and as it was his birthday last weekend I couldn’t refuse.  I didn’t have any black aran weight yarn in my stash so I ordered 5 balls of Jo Sharp Silkroad Aran in coal from the Woolbaa that night and sent hubby to collect it the next day as he works near there.  I decided to use Stephanie Pearl McPhee’s one-row handspun scarf pattern because it’s reversible and I really like it.

He gets the “moon tan” from me, I tried several times to take photo’s in different areas and they all had that, I’m a stranger to daylight look.  Any tips Damian?  The scarf was completed 2 days after his birthday and he’s very happy with it because it’s not itchy.  The grass looks that vivid because it’s just rained.

I’m now occupied with secret gift knitting and will be for a few weeks so there will be no sneaky peeks until they are with the recipients.  However, on Friday I’m going with some of the Richmond Knitters to Bendigo wool and sheep fayre so I hall have heaps to show and tell after that.  It will be my first time and I am giddy beyond belief.  There will be sheep and fibre and yarn and all manner of woolly stuff, I believe camelids too but… meh!  The men are a tad worried that I might come back with a sheep or three but as vivid as the grass looks after rain I think perhaps it is insufficient to sustain even one sheep.  Perhaps we could move before next year’s Bendigo though.

Finished Aurora Borealis Scarf

Ta daaa!

It’s finished and I’m wearing it today and probably every day this week because I love it so much.  The yarn hand dyed by Skein is merino/cashmere 4ply in Ao colourway, it is so very soft and squishy and the colours are absolutely gorgeous.  It did grow a little after soaking for 5 minutes but I put it in the tumble drier when still a bit damp and it shrunk back to nearly it’s original size.  I find that merino does tend to grow a little but 15 minutes in a tumble dryer on a low to medium heat usually sorts that right out.  The pattern is “Favorite scarf ever” (oh but it kills me to not be able to put a u in favourite but if you put the u in you won’t find it) by Lisa Bruce.  I think it’s a perfect match for pretty sock yarn that is too pretty to end up on your feet and I used my whole skein up to make a long 208cm scarf.  The pattern is so easy I would say perfect for someone who wants to try lace for the first time.

So now I’m off to work wearing my lovely new scarf… and other clothes of course.

ttfn Melanie x

Finished sock and fibre distractions

Last night I cast off the second of Ian’s socks and washed them, they’re blocking (sort of) now.  By sort of I mean, they have been pulled to shape whilst damp and are drying flat, they’re socks for goodness sakes and it was late and I was too tired to faff, pictures to come.

Now I’ve decided that that’s all the knitting for others I’m going to do for this year, and as this year has only 4 months left I better get my skates on and finish what I’ve got still on the needles, namely Clapotis, Manu and Coraline.  I’m going to finish Clapotis first because everyone at Richmond SnB has finished theirs and have been turning up to SnB looking very fine and pretty while I look longingly on.

As well as work and feeding and looking after my lovely menfolk I will also be having new yarny adventures too, so that may distract me a little from my mission but I’m going to give it my best shot.  Yes, it has already been mentioned that my two cardigans will be finished just in time for the lovely 40 degree summer that I love so much, NOT!

Anyway talking of new yarny adventures here’s what I bought yesterday in a fit of giddiness.

A beginners drop spindle and niddy noddy and I have a new love, they are washed and carded tops mmmmm soooo soft.  I’m trying not to pet it too much because I don’t want to spoil it before I dye and spin it or spin and dye it, I’m still undecided which I’m going to do first.  But anyway, sooo pretty I bought it all at the Handweavers and spinners guild in Coburg which is quite near me, handy yes? Or not if you were hoping I was going to start being frugal and not splurging too much on yarny goodness hmmmm.  Ooopsie!

Where was I? Yes, carded tops, I am going to confess to being a bit of a germ-phobe and so probably not going to be bringing into the house, dirty fleeces.  So I think carded tops is the way to go really.  I have 2 teenage sons and well, nuff said, there is only so much I can cope with.

Also today I am going to visit lovely Jen and Katie and pop into the new yarn shop Onabee near them. Jen has promised to teach me how to turn this…

into a pretty scarf for moi using this…

It’s on loan from the lovely Sonia.  I haven’t bought one…

…yet ;o)

So there you go, I will of course keep you posted.  So much to do and so little time, I can’t believe I’m halfway through my week off, nooooo

Socks for Sam

Hurrah! Sam’s socks are finally finished and he is thrilled with them, as am I.  I have learnt heaps during their creation and as I’ve said before, this pattern will be my go-to-sock pattern from now on.  That said, I do feel that it is important to learn new construction elements with each project to prevent boredom.  I also love the Woolcraft superwash sock yarn, I think it will wear well and the colour and shade variations create a lovely kind of retro look that I like.

Here the socks are modelled by Elliott, who has slightly smaller feet, but Sam wasn’t available during daylight hours, for the good light.  Will remember to give his social secretary a bit more notice for a photoshoot appointment next time.

Hubby is also pleased as it means I can now start his socks.  It makes me feel a bit like a sock making machine but hey, it’s earned me the right to have a light on whilst I knit and watch the telly so I’m not too bothered.  Ian’s socks will have a bit of a rib to them, I’m in discussion with his royal hubbiness regarding this at the moment.  I’m even contemplating trying to knit them two at a time, to prevent the aforementioned boredom, we shall see.