Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Work can really get in the way of things.

I didn't manage to go to the knitting group meeting tonight, because I felt that I ought to work. Of course now I am sitting here, knitting on the Hourglass Sweater instead. Which is going well - I'm about a third done with the second sleeve. There are no pictures, though, because I am lazy and also, one-armed sweaters with the needles still attached aren't particularly photogenic, so I will just wait until the second sleeve is done and the whole thing can come off the needles.

This is no excuse, though, for still not having posted a picture of my quick stash-buster project. Must take one tomorrow. You may have seen from the 'Finished Objects' list to the right that it was Flora from Knitty, which was very satisfying, quick, and fun to knit. It also seems to be one of the knitted items that I wear a lot - it is just perfect for autumn weather. I might make another one with some different yarn...

When I had a break from work to have lunch I also managed to wash the rest of Carolyn's fleece and Kid Mohair, and I even have a few pictures:

Dirty fleece:

Washing the fleece:


Currently all the rest of the fleece is all spread out on the dining room table to dry:

Going through the whole process of preparing it makes you appreciate it even more, makes you learn about the texture of the fibre and the feel of it. I can't wait to start spinning this stuff!

Other than that, I have been working. And working. And working... Hopefully it will all be worth it.

I am going to treat myself though - it looks like I will to the Knitting and Stitching Show at the Alexandra Palace in London on Sunday 16th October. Apparently there is a coach, but as I didn't go to the knitting group tonight I will only find out the details tomorrow. I do really want to go though, so even if I have to take the train I think I will make my way there. Might even go on the Saturday and visit my dear friend Nicole while I'm in London...
Is anyone else going to the show on either the Saturday or the Sunday? Could be quite fun to meet up!

And totally random, two questions:

1) Do any of you know if there is any place in the UK that sells sock yarn that I could dye myself? You know, like the dye-it-yourself sock yarn that KnitPicks sells in the US?

2) The last few days I seemed to have problems with my BlogRolling list - all the *updated* signs disappeared. They seem to be back now, but did anyone else have that problem?!


  1. Anonymous10:26 am

    Re: yarn to dye. I found some yarn to dye in the Handweavers Studio
    Don't think they had sock weight, but you could check.

    I think also that Texere might be worth looking at

    If you have any luck, do let us know!

  2. Re: Knitting & Stitching show. I'm going on Saturday. There is a small group from Knitty meeting up on the Saturday at about 10.30. It would be great to meet up with you!

    Good job on the fleece BTW ;)

  3. Now your dinning table looks like a dinning table should in the home of a fibre addict !! funny how ours both look the same huh, and the top of the woodburner (its off but it has this very handy grill on the top)

    Congrats to dh on the carder !

  4. Re: Knitting and Stitching show - it was on in Brum a few weeks back, it was excellent, you'll have a great time. There were four or five wool stands, lots of lovely bobbly yarns (well - I think so, anyway!). Be warned, you'll probably come back with lots, I know I did!

    Re: sock yarn - have you thought about trying MK yarn suppliers eg BSK? Mind you, they sell in 500g cones, you could make a lot of socks as xmas pressies?

  5. Hi there Iris, im going to be at the show on the saturday so unfortunately i wont get to see you there!