A long overdue update

September has been a busy month!  I have been working in the yard, and everyone has been adjusting to a new routine with the return to school.

Early in the month I made myself a swift – when you buy yarn in hanks, the need for a swift becomes inevitable.   I used the fabulous directions provided by Webecca in her blog:  http://webeccasays.blogspot.com/2008_04_01_archive.html   Rather than use glue, I drilled the metre sticks and used a bolt and washer type assembly.  I then put the whole thing atop an Ikea Lazy Susan that was sitting unused in a cupboard, and voila!

       One ball of Creatively Dyed Ocean sock yarn ready to be knit up. Since winding balls by hand gives me nasty cramps in my fingers, I took the plunge and ordered this lovely ball winder from Woodhouse Tools in Armstrong, BC :  http://www.woolhousetools.com/  Click on the link Making and Preparing Yarns and then scroll down a bit.  I then wound a 1260 yard hank of laceweight and learned firsthand the importance of keeping the yarn taut on those pins!  Speaking of the laceweight – it is becoming the Print O’ The Wave shawl –http://www.eunnyjang.com/knit/2005/12/print_o_the_wave_stole.html  

Take a peek:   The yarn is Aquamarine from Heritage Needleworks, and is absolutely fantastic to work with.  The subtle play of colours is simply gorgeous!

I have been working on socks – of course – and have finished a bundle of little things:

  These are sample socks from Cat Bordhi’s New Pathways for Sock Knitters.  The green ones are Little Sky socks, while the red are Little Coriolis.  And these socks were all knit from the leftover yarn from my daughter’s socks

I also finished a sweater – the first one I have knit for myself in about 20 years!  This is the Chic Lace Cardi from Lanaknits Designs:    and here is the lace detail  .  The yarn is an old cotton from my stash – Fidji by Jakobsdalsgarn, and I knit with a 40 inch 4 mm circular.

Finally, just to prove I can still stitch, here is my September Ornament – Christmas Ewe by Elizabeth’s Designs, in the 2001 Just Cross Stitch Ornament issue.  It was stitched on 28 ct muffin glenshee using WDW and GAST. 

That wraps up September’s endeavours!


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jeanne
    Oct 04, 2008 @ 04:16:54

    Very clever switft! The laceweight is gorgeous – what a great color! Love hte cardigan too – looks so pretty!


  2. kajsa
    Oct 20, 2008 @ 05:24:29

    That’s a pretty cardigan. I’m so impressed that you built the swift yourself.


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