Now that we have been talking about mittens, this is a good place to talk about one good yarn...
time ago I came across the Troubadour Range Organic Poll Dorset yarn by Renaissance Dyeing. I remember, when I was feeling it the very first time,
thinking, that this yarn would be perfect for color work mittens. When I was trying to think a perfect yarn for
my Katrilli mittens I remembered this Poll Dorset 4ply I had somewhere in my
stash. And I started ripping out the boxes feeling quite obsessive that it was
my yarn. I found the tiny skein and set out to make a pincushion out with it.
feels very thick even though it is only a 4ply, it felt thick because it has
ability to fill all the given space, there is more yarn or fiber there than you
think... And it is very springy, so you start to get the feeling that it will
bounce back and never lose its shape... sounds like a perfect yarn for socks
too, don't you think. I finished my
pincushion and wanted to full it just a bit for it to keep its shape well. I poured
hot water and soap all over it, I gave it a good go and after a while I thought
that I was done. I washed it and to my
surprise it had not really felted at all. I had to soap it all over again and
this time I worked for a good while, washed the soap away, and I had managed to
touch its surface just a bit. This was the yarn. I had to get more of it. And I
I have not
yet used the mittens, but I have a strong belief that the mittens will wear
beautifully. There is quite a lot of information about this yarn in Renaissance
Dyeing website. Take a look... and should
you like to see the flock of sheep this wool comes from, there is a blog post
I knitted the Wallflower socks,I have been wanting to knit more socks with
colorful patterning. Finding a good all wool yarn has been a bit of a
problem... Most of the all wool yarns are too soft for socks (my family is
quite hard on their socks, blame the cold weather) but I have a feeling that
this Poll Dorset just might be a good sock yarn also and I have cast on for a pair
of socks - ok, I have cast on for one sock, too early to talk about a pair.
just a beginning. I have been knitting and ripping and knitting and rip... you
get the idea. I would love to find a way to shape colorwork socks in a nice
way. Stranded knitting, as we know, is not very stretchy and for that reason, I
need to shape the cuff a bit and building a shaping into a pattern requires
some serious thinking and thus starting all over again. I am happy at the
moment with the shaping around the ankle but am not sure how to take it from
there, how to work a beautiful heel and transition towards the toes.
this sock has been very demanding, so I wandered off to an "easier"
pattern, and cast on for this mitten. It uses the same technique as Katrilli
mittens and I must say, I kind of like it a lot. And then I hit a wall with the mitten
(which I think is worked through now) and made a little baby hat.
I am not sure
what it is with these baby things, but I just love making small things.
this is it for now... until next time, wool with you.