Friday, June 23, 2017

Knit It | Wafer Cable Beanie Pattern

I'm so excited to be finally sharing this pattern with you! I say finally because I first sketched the idea for this around Easter, so it feels like it's been a long time coming for me.
This Beanie was specifically designed to showcase Adagio Mills Alpaca DK, which is a beautiful Australian owned, grown and made alpaca yarn that is un-dyed and so comes in a delicious range of natural colours that are created by blending different fleeces together. I wanted to find a way to use these natural colours to their best ability, and after browsing the selection of chocolate coloured yarns, I decided on a wafer inspired beanie.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Learning to Spin

Learning to spin is something that I have had at the back of my mind for several years, a little like the thought of owning a yarn shop one day. This year must be the one for bringing those thoughts forward and taking action on them, because just as I dusted off the yarn shop dream this year, so too have I decided that it's finally time to learn to spin.

I haven't learnt a new craft in several years. I started knitting around ten years ago, and to be perfectly honest I took to it like a duck to water. I really didn't encounter too many problems.
The last thing I probably learned involving tools was how to use the digital SLR a few years ago. But that was easier too, it comes with an "auto" mode perfect for beginners.

My little timber spinning wheel isn't like that. It doesn't have a beginner's button. I really love it though, it's handmade which I think is very clever, and was one my Dad found at a garage sale several years ago and brought home to be an ornament for my Mum. It's being put to use now, though.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Here & Now | June 2017 Link Up

Welcome to this month's Here & Now - I hope you'll take a few moments to document your own happenings either on your blog or on Instagram! The guidelines for doing both are at the bottom of this post.

Friday, June 02, 2017

The Arrival of Winter + Some Weekend Reading

Winter has arrived here with quite an abrupt and forceful entrance. Yesterday howling winds arrived and grey clouds to cover the sun, and whilst there are little patches of sunshine here and there this morning the wind is still roaring. It's noticeably colder, too, and the wood fire was lighted a few hours earlier than usual yesterday afternoon.
Of course, the kind of cold I'm talking about isn't as cold as others might experience, but it's still cold enough for fires, snuggly knits and warm cocoas.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Knitting Speckles

Speckles are something that's very popular in yarn at the moment, and it's easy to see why.
I've sort of created my own speckle for this project, using two strands of yarn at once, but using two different colourways too. In most projects and patterns that require knitting with more than one strand of yarn, the same yarn is used so that you only create a thicker fabric, but not a different colour.

I think I've mentioned before that I adore knitting with two strands at once. It creates a cuddliness to the fabric that wouldn't otherwise be there - even though I could probably achieve the same or a similar gauge to what I am getting at the moment with two strands of fingering weight, with a single strand of DK yarn, the fabric wouldn't have the same feel.

© Say Little Hen
Maira Gall