I just got a delivery of new yarn. Lots of it:) Nine different types, all from Drops, all absolutely sumptuous! Just look…….
Drops is new to me…..I’d never even heard of it until a few months ago…..I’ve been slow on the uptake. So I’m making up for lost time and I’ve decided to sample some of the range. I’ve already tried out a couple of the cotton/linen blends (in my last post, in fact!) and now I’m hungry for more! I read a blog post by Lucy at Attic 24 not too long ago – she’d made a poncho using Drops Nepal – it looked great, the colours looked beautiful and she gave a good report of the wool itself and ever since I read that post, I’ve been curious…..so…….here it is, my basket of Drops, in some lovely pastel colours – hours of crocheting ahead of me, trying out the different yarns, thinking what I might make with it all! Calls for a cup of tea, don’t you think?…..
Because the yarn was so inexpensive (a real bonus for me – I’m usually breaking the bank to buy big loads of yarn to make giant blankets with!) I went out on a limb and ordered ten of the Alaska in Olive, so that I can knit one of my favourite cardigan patterns with it. I’m aiming to make a few cosy jumpers over the summer, to wear in the Autumn…..now that is forward planning for me! It’s going to become the Solstice cardigan by Quince & co (I’ve already made this once in Quince & co yarn, so I think it’s ok to make it in a different brand yarn the second time around!)……and I’m glad to say that the yarn feels super soft to the skin, so I’m confident that this will be a comfy cosy cardi for cooler weather! Here it is……
…..and here’s another dishcloth I made with some of the cotton I got a few weeks ago…….
…..it started quite nicely…..
……and ended up like this………!
It seems to have turned out a parallelogram! How did that happen?! I think I need to practice my turning technique – I was winging it with the pattern – making it up as I went along. I didn’t notice the wonky shape until I’d finished, until I was proudly smoothing it out on the kitchen table in front of me, it gradually dawning on me that the sides were leaning to the left! I’ve been trying to work out how I ended up with a shape from my junior school maths book but I’m at a bit of a loss! I think I’ll be looking up ‘how to get straight sides when crocheting clusters’ before I try the next one! Good job it wasn’t a blanket, that’s all I can say!
….but….don’t you just love those clusters…….it’s my new favourite stitch I think……
…..and here’s another I made……..the wonky theme seems to have continued a little bit……..
…..but at least it’s the right overall shape this time!…..could be something to do with the fact that I was following the pattern for the clam shell stitch from Cherry Heart’s blog – a lovely little stitch with great step-by-step instructions by Sandra, and some good pics too…..maybe I should ask her to write out a pattern for continuous cluster stitch!
I love this stitch – and in these colours it makes me think of the crests of big waves in the see, images of boats and a lighthouse spring to mind, Portland Bill popping into my head (click on this for a blast from the past, if like me you’re over 30 that is!!)……….quite fitting I think, given the name of the stitch :)
And here’s a little jumper progress……and I mean a little!
I’ve taken these pictures in black and white as they seem to show the detail a bit better and I prefer to show pictures of myself this way – it’s a little more flattering to the pink nose and red eye that always insist on appearing in any photos of me!
…..and as you can see, photographing yourself wearing a small portion of half knitted jumper, cable needles and yarn tangling everywhere and a very unhelpful helper in tow, is not an easy or necessarily a succesful excercise!
….so I switched to the dress making dummy for the next few…….to show off the two or three more inches (and the colour of the yarn) that I’ve knitted this week!……
……I’m at the stage where I can now cast on extra stitches at the underarms and then just knit downwards to complete the body:) Exciting!
I’m not the neatest knitter. I hope this may improve over time but honestly, if I end up with a finished jumper that fits me I’ll be over the moon! I will even knit another and possibly another! This is my personal challenge, to follow some instructions (courtesy of Fringe Association), to learn a new technique (knitting a garment without a written pattern), to master the minefield of measurements and stitch counts that will hopefully provide me with a custom fitting jumper that I can make over and over again! If it works, next winter is going to be a very cosy one, I can tell you:)
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