I've made good progress on Josie's Genevieve sweater over the last couple of days. I'm panicking though about whether I will have enough yarn :-( I brought more than was required for the pattern but it seems to be disappearing quickly so rather than carry on with the skirt part I thought I better get the sleeves and hood done so that any remaining yarn can be used to increase the skirt length. The skirt is supposed to be 11.5 inches long but it will be well short of that. Not enjoying this project at all with all the stockinette stitches and also the yarn quality is very poor with lots of splits, joins, fluffy unplied bits and thin bits. I've cut out a lot but some has been knitted in just hoping that it doesnt create too many weak spots.
|The gorgeous wool was a a custom dye from Pixie Knits - its a superwash BFL aran|
We went away for a midweek break this week and I was delighted to find a craft / yarn shop close to where we were staying but look at the hideous way the wool was displayed. The shop had a wonderful range for everyones taste yet it was impossible to enjoy browsing through mountains of plastic bags!! You dont go into a clothes shop and find that all the clothes are still in their packaging and bunged together on shelves so why do yarn stores insist on still doing this! I asked if they sold online but was told 'No, customers like to look and feel the wool. There isn't the market for online wool shopping'. Really?????
Whilst away I started a new project (always like a new project on holiday). Stupidly it isnt in my original YOP list but should have been as I already had the yarn and pattern sat waiting. Its a King Cole crochet pattern published in a Lets Knit supplement. I'm using King Cole baby alpaca and its a dream to work with. This is the first crochet project where I have worried about tension as all previous crochet projects havent mattered whether my tension is off so I was very pleased to find my tension was spot on for the recommended needle size.
So that is my work for the week I'm off to have a look at what everyone else in the YoP group has been up to. Thank you for all your comments last week they are very much appreciated and all hints and tips are taken on board xx