A cowl in blue, using the Milanese lace pattern from ravelry. An easy pattern to follow, one I’m looking forward to see open up when I block the finished product.
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More personal knitting, though I have been busy with other projects too. These hats are currently blocking on dinner plqtes. The lighter one is made with yarn hand dyed by Wired for Fibre, and the darker is by Hawthorne Cottage, which I found at a market in Daylesford. The pattern is Eleanor by Melissa La’barre and is available on Ravelry.
Was hoping to make matching fingerless mitts, but alas, not enough yarn. Perhaps I may experiment with some lace cuffs? The loveliness of the hand dyed yarns inspires me to have a go myself. I have dyed a little with Jelly crystals, but perhaps I will invest in proper dyes, and a swift for winding. Oh, the possibilities!
This is a neckwarmer I made for my sister for her birthday, and now that she has it, I can show photos! It is the celtic cable neckwarmer pattern by Lindsay Henricks on Ravelry. The yarn is 12ply Rustic in Green Tweed by Bendigo Woollen Mills, from a recent adventure to the mill. I’m pretty pleased with it, and I hear she’s wearing it 24/7. She’s even asked for a ‘manly’ version for her boyfriend!
Is this the softest, loveliest yarn in existence? Recently I took advantage of a sale at Japan’s Pierrot yarns online store, and this is some of their ‘saumur’ alpaca wool. Light and delicately soft, I can’t wait to test it out. For research, you know!
I have been quiet of late, with life and death weighing on me in equal measure. I’ve kept my hands busy through this time though, and here is one peep. Inspired by an Eleanor Farjeon fairy tale where an old woman realises that “all hearts are green enough”, a green heart brooch to remind. Modelled by my very lovable little girl, who reminds me daily the benefits of being young at heart.
These are almost the same as the leafy coasters I made, only I knitted these with a scratchy Japanese acrylic designed for making Tawashi, or ‘scrubbies’. I added the loop so it can be hung, either from a little hook, or straight from the tap. I like the idea of domestic prettiness. It makes up for the dull fatigue of actually cleaning. Almost.
My sister and I discovered a craft shop in Kensington today, where we found, amongst other things, some little brooch backs. Home again, and I attached my hand knitted leaves to them, and I quite like the result. These will be available at this Sunday’s Makers Market in the Abbotsford convent in Melbourne.