Sunday, 21 June 2009

Night Sky

Night Sky, originally uploaded by Bright Side.

I've been doing some spinning over the past couple of weeks, inspired by some of the lovely Hello Yarn club fibre which has been arriving every month. This is "Night SKy", a lovely soft superwash BFL. I have 256m of 2 ply, so it's sort of DK ish weight. I'm wondering about making a stacked eyelet cowl with it, as I think that would show off the lovely colours in the yarn.

In other knitting news, I'm back working on my Copper Oxide socks. I'm finding going a lot easier since last time I tried- my knitting is obviously improving! I'd like to get this sock finished reasonably soon so that I can use the needles to make the second Nutkin sock, which is a much faster and easier knit.

Monday, 15 June 2009

FO: BSJ for Baby Barker

BSJ for Baby Barker, originally uploaded by Bright Side.

I've finished the Baby Surprise Jacket for my baby. I've knitted a size that I've guestimated will fit the baby in the winter, but we'll have to see how he/she grows first!

The yarn is mostly 3ply superwash merino by Hello Yarn, as well as a stripe of 2ply Manx Loaghtan, and spun on my Schacht Ladybug wheel. The buttons were made for me by a local woodturner, and I think that they're perfect for this project.

I'm not sure what to knit next. I have a terribly complicated sock project which has been zzzzz for ages- my knitting has improved so much since I last did anything on that project that I think I might be able to cope better with the compex charts. On the other hand, I do have a good case of baby brain at the moment, so it could all go horribly wrong. I can't spindle at the moment (too much bending over!) but the wheel is ok, so I might just have to stick to spinning until I make up my mind.

Friday, 5 June 2009

BSJ for Baby Barker

BSJ for Baby Barker, originally uploaded by Bright Side.

I'm knitting a little baby surprise jacket for Baby Barker, made from my own handspun. The fibre was Hello Yarn's superwash merino in "Peat", which I spun into a 3ply DK weight. This was my first go at a three ply and I love how it turned out. The superwash aspect not only makes it really soft for next to baby's skin, but also means that it'll be able to go in the wash! I'm knitting it on reasonably small needles as I wanted the fabric to be quite thick, but it's still quite soft and flexible.