Sunday, July 23, 2006

Water Mark

Long time, no blogging... Doesn't mean no knitting has happened; I've been knocking up samples for the Cottenham course the week after next, and writing notes... But enough of that; I'll do a post on that next, along with yesterday's return trip to Stash. But first, as Mary deB has gone home and used to specialise in these, a pretty picture of the river in Cambridge from last weekend, when Sue and Stewart and I went and saw some beautiful metalwork and pottery at Cambridge Open Studios.


The main FO last week (I finished a sock, but may as well finish the second one before posting the picture) is a bag made of this stuff: gorgeous Fiesta Water Mark, a present from an American friend. 60% mohair and 40% wool...


The pattern has really cool mitred corners and finishes with a three-needle bind-off on the base.

This yarn felts so thoroughly that I had to sit with a scalpel for half an hour and tease the inside layers apart, because pulling with hands wasn't adequate! It started off about 21" long and 17" wide, and ended up the size of a large one-volume French dictionary. I imagine it will felt progressively when I wash it, but at the moment I like how it looks after one wash, and it's sturdy enough that it stands up on its own...

In other news my feet are on Anne's blog! (I'm the one in the red socks...) This sock pattern is really very nice; and although there's grafting involved, it isn't where you'd think on the toe of the socks, but under the toe part... Anyway, it's a great pattern, proof-knitted by Katie and me; and available free as a PDF from Anne's blog...

3 comments:

Rosie said...

Gorgeous bag! A scalpel? Gasp. Good job that you've got a steady hand, I can imagine what would happen if I took a scalpel anywhere near something like that...
Loved the sock shots on Anne's blog, especially the one where you've all got your feet in the sky!

E-J said...

Hi Liz. Just tried to send you an e-mail, which self-deleted before I could finish typing (I suspect it became self-aware and realised what gibberish it was).

I am so pleased with my Surina hooks. Thank you!

Knitwise, I've decided to master moss stitch and increases/decreases so that I can attempt the baby shoes in the Debbie Bliss book. As usual, though, I'm finding DB's "beginner's" instructions confusing for a beginner. She says to make a swatch by casting on an even # of sts, then Row 1 = K1 [p1, k1] and Row 2 = P1 [k1, p1]. Presumably this doesn't mean that for Row 1 you do k1, p1, k1, p1, k1 etc, ending on a k1, as that would result in an odd number of sts ...? Help! What is she on about?

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