Thursday, November 10, 2011

Cornish Cheese

Remember a few months ago, I shared a new base yarn picture with you, Radiance Sock?

Well, I made 200g of it into a scarf, Swiss Cheese by Winnie Shih. It was this years Holiday knitting, and I finally finished it on Monday, on the journey up to my Grandpa's funeral.
Had a few hiccups initially, due (I think) to differing cast off methods, but once I understood the designers methods, all was good.
Theres a great balance between the “mindless” garter stitch rows and the more complex hole construction rows, making it a perfect pattern for picking up and putting down without losing your place.
Using a crochet cast (learned through sideways hat knitting a la Wormhead) on for the holes, as I want good stiff hole definition.
Measures 37.5cm/13in wide and 127cm/50in long.
Will be easy to make thinner and longer... you just change the cast on :)

I wear it folded over, so a double thickness scarf, and it has had so many comments so far. I love it, and the yarn is just perfect :)
Radiance Sock will be staying in my inventory, you'll be pleased to hear, as it's perfect for this kind of project!!!

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Thursday, November 03, 2011


Meet Perfection, my new pure silk base yarn :)

I was given a few samples at Fibre Flurry last weekend, by my lovely Yarn Pusher friend, Andy and out of all of them, this one blew me away the most.
Since the success of semi-Precious, and the way it shines, I have been yearning for a pure silk Plied yarn to play with.
Well I got my wish...!
Perfection is made up of six plies (or 'ends' as they are correctly known in spinner lingo), quite loosely plied... 400m of sheer luxury.
All I need to do now is finish my current WIP and I can start test knitting this skein of pure loveliness.
I am going to get myself some lace needles, as I suspect it will be a bit 'splitty' if I just use run of the mill pun intended there *WiNKS*
For all you hardcore lace knitters out there... it will also be available in 800m lace!!

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