Tuesday, 3 August 2010
Shawlette after blocking
Although the shawlette looks better after blocking it really isn't long enough to wrap around and tie. I didn't write this pattern down as I had a feeling that it wasn't quite right. It is wearable so I won't unravel it. I think that I will need 3 x 50 grams to make another one or use finer wool. This one took 2 x 50 grams of Rowan Cashsoft DK. I might start a second one from edge to edge instead of point upwards in order to make it a better shape. I need to make another one before I try it out in some of my lovely sock wool that I have in stash. I would hate to get half way through and discover that one skein just isn't enough as some of my stash is hand dyed and one of a kind.
I went to the Kings Arms Knit Club last night and whilst it was great to see everyone there that I hadn't seen for a while the light in there is pretty dim for doing anything complicated. I started another baby knitted jacket as the back is in stocking stitch and I can more of less do that by heart without the need of a strong light. Once again I am using a golden oldie pattern and the wool is James C Brett DK. I think that Sylvia and I should have shares in James C Brett as we use it so often. Yes I know starting a baby jacket is an excuse for not starting the fine shawl but I really can't concentrate and chat at the same time especially in poor lighting.
I was surprised today to get a visitor. Sue rang to say that she was calling around. I like her visits as she is a crochet fanatic like me and we have a real crochet chat whenever she calls around. I show her my new pattern books and she makes me jealous with all the gorgeous wool that she is making shawls with. Today's wool was shaded, slightly fluffy with a hint of gold lurex in it. She had bought one ball each of 5 different shades. One was blue, one pink, one green the other beige/brown shaded. I have forgotten what the other shade was. One ball makes a small shawl and she paid about £5 a ball so it would make lovely economical shawls for ladies for Christmas. Yes I know the C word. But it really isn't that far away if you have a big family to crochet and knit for.
Apparently Sue has found this mill that sells such gorgeous wool at really reasonable prices so I am looking forward to one day going with her for a browse around. We were going to go yarn browsing after my op but I am trying to persuade her to go before my op as it could be September or October before I go in and I could be in a worse state afterwards to go yarn shopping. I really would like to get some nice wool in stock for my Christmas presents. Yes I know that I have a large stash of my kind of plainish wool but this is special wool for presents.
I am not sure if I will start the shawl tonight but as it is 8pm already and I want to watch a bit of TV I may wait until the daylight to get the pattern started and set in my mind. I like to start a pattern that I have not used before when it is quiet and the TV is off. I find that I can concentrate and count much better then.
I think that my postman must be on strike as I haven't even had any junk mail since Thursday. No mail at all is very unusual for me and I haven't even seen him on the street. I will probably get a huge pile of post tomorrow now I have said this.