Monday, July 31, 2006


Darned in the last end of my Bird Foot sock this evening. The patterns are adapted from Anatolian Knitting Design and the main ones are called Bird Foot and the 2 on the feet are both Bird Wing.

The Foot is on the ankle section and the Wings are on the feet!

I enjoy playing with variegated yarns and turning them ito something different.

Istanbul is like that:

A variegated yarn and a solid (this one is also a mix of the Anatolian patterns (the ankle one is called "Hook").

Funky Zebra is like that

A self- patterning yarn with a solid.

Mexican Dance is like that:

Another self- patterning yarn in mosaic squares.

Parquet is like that:

A hand painted yarn knit in modules and strips

And Bird Foot is too:

A variegated yarn knit with a solid (sister to Istanbul)

And through the wonderful magic of Photoshop, we have blue bird feet:

Fuchsia bird feet:

And purple bird feet:

I love Photoshop!

but I love knitting more!!!

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

A quick hello

Been doing some knitting, some dyeing, some working and lots of packaging so not much time for blogging.

Dyed a glorious pot of Zephyr in a fresh green, an almost equally lovely pot of Cormo Lace in the same colour and some deep dark cherry red Cormo - all the products of a thankfully cooler Sunday.

Fresh Cormo:

Fresh Zephyr:

You should see the shine on the Zephyr!!!

Cherry Cormo:

Good enough to eat?

Knitting socks (still working on a toe-up heel that I like), a sleeveless top in a turquoise bamboo yarn (great drape and sofffft!) and the Hand Maiden Rumple mitred squares top (have reached the point of needing to decide what to do with the neck - a V - and the armholes - to trim or not to trim and if yes, then how to trim....)

Off to read for a bit (Julian Stockwin's "Kydd" - a tale of the sea set in 1793).

Knit on!

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Long ago and far away...

... I made my last post - and have been deliquent ever since!

Finally finished the Paprika Super 10 vine lace top and wore it on the weekend. There are a couple of things I would change but I am just so thankful that it is DONE! This never ending lace top started over a year ago and has gone through many froggings to get it finished. I like the armhole shaping I finally used and I trimmed it with a single row of single crochet. I did a bit more on the bottom - a couple of rows of single and a row of double crochet to emphasize the point that the vine lace makes. Definitely wearable and comfortable in this heat.

And have I told you how great Super 10 is? No? Well - it is IMHO the best cotton on the market - good price, big hanks, great colours and very easy to knit with. It has a nice sheen that stays after washing and it seems sort of cabled and so it doesn't split when you are knitting with it. Highly recommended!

I have been working on a toe up sock with a heel that fits better (on my foot anyway) than the short row wedgie which is too short for my combined high arch and long heel. It still uses short rows to shape the bottom of the heel but then I am knitting the heel back and forth to make a heel flap. More on this once I have made all the adjustments I want. I am sure this exists elsewhere but I like a puzzle and this is an easy one to tackle when the weather is not conducive to gardening or even going out!

Not much else to report other than my July sale which is keeping me hopping. I keep adding things evey day to keep it interesting and people are responding well. Thanks everyone!

Off to do some packaging, get some lunch and go to the post office!

Then more heel experiments and perhaps some work on my Silk Spun top (modular and in 2 shades that blend - nice stuff this!)

Happy knitting all!