Thursday, 23 October 2008

Frilly Interlude...

I've had this yarn for a while now - it is baby camel which really appealed to me, the idea of baby camels being brushed/shorn for their fleece. You would have thought it might be a bit whiffy (we've all smelled the camel enclosure at the zoo....) but it's not and is incredibly soft and warm.

Originally I was going to make some wristwarmers, but while going through my vast collection of old knitting magazines, I found this delicious pattern for a neckwarmer instead. It's a bit of a nightmare to start off, having 288 stitches on a circular needle, and I made a couple of mistakes to begin with which hopefully don't show. The end result however is simply adorable, looks very feminine when worn, a bit like an Elizabethan ruff. Because of the errors and the fact I knitted it on smaller needles than specified which means I have to really pull it over my head, this one is staying with me - but I have bought some more suitable yarn and am in the process of making a cream coloured one for sale in my shop.

You can see in the background all the detritus from my painting.....I'm a messy so-and-so but that appears to be how I work best. Still labouring every spare minute with the various commissions and counting the hours until the half-term break (5, yes, only 5...) when I have a week off the day job and can really catch up with everything.

3 comments:

Magpie Magic said...

It's really pretty. Can't wait to see the next one. The cable pattern looks really nice and I bet it'll help it keep it's shape. The camel yarn has a lovely soft colour and texture.

fhiona galloway said...

oh that's lovely Caroline-very pretty and warm looking too :0)

Laura said...

Lovely! I'm sure you can knit with your feet or something. I mean, you must do because you're probably painting potatoes with your hands but somehow you seem to create something new every day. Amazing!