I have knitting for you! And spinning!! I have made a good start on Paulie after deciding that this was the pattern for my birthday yarn.
It is a nice, steady knit, with not too much thinking involved, just the odd stripe so I don’t fall asleep mid-row. As you may remember, the main colour is 4ply Jacob and for the chocolate stripes I am using up some 4ply shetland; both from Natural Yarn.
I decided that Jacob wool makes my favourite kind of yarn, for today. I love the springy, bouncy feel and while shetland wool is gorgeously soft it does tend to pile relatively quickly and Jacob is a little more ‘woolly’ but harder wearing. As with much of life, a compromise has to be made with yarn – softness versus resilience. There has been far too many occasions when I have fallen for the charms of silk blended merino and spent hours (and pennies) knitting it into a beautiful garment only for it to turn into a bobbly, overstretched dishrag after two wearings. Another reason to buy British wool…
I have spun up a skein of yarn from some hand dyed tops I bought at Woolfest, it’s gorgeous
I love the colours, they are very Autumnal so perfect for this time of year. I haven’t really decided what to do with it yet, whether to gift it or put it into my Etsy shop. I know I’m probably not going to use it myself, not at the moment anyhow, I have far too many plans…
Top of my list is spinning enough Jacob to make some kind of sweater, possibly Darrowby, but a jumper with some kind of cabley affair is speaking to me at the moment.
There is a good article by Lisa Grossman, the designer of Darrowby, about the process of spinning to knit which I found inspiring and has given me the ‘blueprint’ for my process. I will keep you all updated…thank you for reading, go well.