Posts Tagged 'bog jacket'

Frog or Finish

jacob skein

October has been my finishing month. I finished spinning the Jacob yarn (see above), and decided to make a Lacy Baktus scarf -really pleased with it, and have already worn it quite a lot, although the yarn is slightly itchy.
handspun lacy baktus

There have been quite a few unfinished projects languishing in my yarn basket over the past few months. A couple of weeks ago I decided to have a clear out – mainly to make room for new fibre I bought at the IKnit day in September and the Knitting and Stitching show earlier this month (see below).

Iknit day and Knitting & stitching day fibre

I decided to be fairly ruthless, and commit to finish a few before starting another project, or get rid of any project that I don’t really like anymore. I ended up frogging a couple of things – the flared lace smoke ring, which according to my Ravelry page I started in December 2007 ( I decided I would never wear it) and the Green Liesl cardigan (really don’t like the colour at all – the yarn had gone to a charity shop). I also decided to frog the crochet alpaca lace scarf as the yarn didn’t really fit the pattern. I am now using the yarn to make the Luna Lace scarf from the Shear Spirit book. The pattern doesn’t look like much on the needles, but I’m sure it will look really nice after blocking.

alpaca lace scarf

I’ve managed to finish a pair of socks I started last December,
blue admiral

and my bog jacket – pictured here before blocking.

bog jacket

I decided to add garter stitch front  bands and a belt instead of the applied I-cord. I quite like it, but wish I had used larger needles for a lighter, less dense fabric.

February update – knitting and spinning

February is here, and I’ve realised that I haven’t updated my blog for over a month – this is my first post of 2009.

I’ve been busy practising my spinning. Here’s one of my current spinning projects.

 alpaca silk on IST spindle

It’s an alpaca silk blend from World of Wool on a 2 inch olivewood whorl spindle from IST crafts. The fibre is beautifully soft and the spindle is lovely.It spins really well and the whorl has a lovely olive oil smell.

I finished my first handspun handknitted socks last week.

handspun sock2

These were my first toe up socks. I used the universal toe up pattern from Knitty.com. I really enjoyed knitting them, once I got the hang of the short rows.

I’ve also started two new non handspun knitting projects. The first is the Bog Jacket from Knitting Around. It’s basically endless garter stitch, but has an interesting construction. A nice mindless pattern so far. I’m using Texere Troon Tweed yarn reclaimed from another project.

bog jacket progress

I’ve also started a Japanese Feather and Fan Shawl with the Knitwitches Heavy Laceweight Cashmere I bought from last years Knitting and Stitching Show.
cashmere shawl progress

This pattern requires a bit more attention, but I think it will be beautiful when it’s finished.