Friday, November 18, 2005

Needle exchange

I promise I'm still trying to post that picture of the wool up. However, today at lunch I nicked over to Rubi and Lana's to pick up the rest of the maroon wool which I am using to make my vest. I talked to Paula about needing some new needles to knit a shawl with the alpaca wool I recently purchased. She recommended a 8mm circular so that it can be "holey" and it will hold all the stitches. When it came to paying, I realised that I was about to fork over $17.50 for these needles. In the big scheme of things, this probably isn't a lot to pay for some quality needles. However, I really can't imagine when I would need 8mm needles again as I normally like to knit on finer needles. I'm starting to think that I may need to start up some sort of safe needle exchange. Where knitters who have those needles, that they used only once to make that couture piece with uneven wool, can get together and swap them for another pair of strange sized needles. Oh, if only I was a "do-er" rather than a "think-er/day-dreamer/wishful thinking-er"...

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Of Alpacas and silk

A couple of weeks ago when I went to Canberra with a couple of girlfriends, we stopped by at Kingston markets. I met a woman by the name of Penny Pearce who was selling some Alpaca wool and also knitting this beautiful shawl at her little stall at the Markets. Of course I had to engage her in conversation and found out that she only lived a couple of kilometres from my parent's place in Goulburn. I got her card and promised that I will visit and buy some wool off her. Well, this weekend, despite some serious tree planting at my parents and sporting a terrible runny nose, I made the effort to give Penny a call and asked if I could pop over. So, along with my rather uninterested sister and curious mother, we drove down Braidwood Road past Tobermoray Stud farm to Penny's place. She was waiting outside next to her white letterbox in case I had missed it. She showed me the lovely wool she had from the other week. Some Alpaca and silk which she spun herself. She said it was slightly finer than 5 ply. She also showed me the shawl she had finished. I bought 200 grams not really knowing what I'm going to make with it. The Alpaca it came from was named Batman. So we went down the paddock to meet Batman and the rest of the crew. They were incredibly cute!! I love Alpaca's and in my usual day-dreaming state, I think that one day we will have a couple on the farm. They have the most beautiful eyes. Anyway, below is a picture of the wool (at the time of this post, I seriously thought I could get a picture up, but blogspot doesn't like dial up connections - so the picture will go up on the next post). Penny has invited me to come back whenever and I thought I'll ask her for some spinning lessons one day. If I get the hang of it, you never know, I might get a couple of Alpaca's and start shearing, cleaning, spinning, dying my own wool!!

Friday, November 04, 2005

Pick a stitch and the rest of knitting as well

I learnt how to knit from a childhood friend who only managed to teach me how to cast on. We never got beyond that. I remember when I was younger, I really wanted to knit but my parents were never too supportive of my creative pursuits. I think it was because I had the attention span of a goldfish and I moved from one thing to another. I become very passionate about something and then for some reason, I lose it and move on to the next thing. I don't really embark on a hobby with lukewarm enthusiasm, but rather my enthusiasm depended on how many books I can find on the subject. Anyway, back to knitting, I finally learnt how to knit instead of just casting on by following instructions in a book. So knitting has been an on again, off again hobby. I've recently finished my second pair of socks which I gave Raymond for his birthday. This pair is made using wool which knits into a sort of fair isle design. I'm not sure if I would have had the patience to change colours all the time.

The other thing I'm making is a vest. I bought this pattern ages ago but never really started to make it. Here is a picture of work in progress. Lets hope that it does not stay as a work in progress. Although I still have to pick up the rest of the wool from Rubi and Lana's wool shop.