Friday, July 31, 2015


At yesterday's craft group meeting, we crocheted soapsaver bags. The idea is that you put those little bits of left over soap in there, so that they can be used instead of going to waste. I underestimated how much cotton yarn it would take, so mine is a harlequin version. It has an interesting crochet stitch - you do a treble in the second stitch and then the first, so that they're crossed. It gives a lovely texture. It was a good project for a meeting because it didn't take long, most of us finished or almost finished in the meeting. Too often no one completes the project once they get home!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Ginger Three Ways

I found some nice root ginger in the supermarket last time I went to town. After a fairly lengthy process, I now have ginger preserved three ways - crystallised, in syrup and pickled. That should keep us gingered for a while.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Starting With the Fronts

I decided to knit the fronts of Annika's bolero first because it will be easier to match the back to the front than vice versa. I did alter the fronts to make them a bit longer. On the white cardigan in the picture, it looks to be waist length, whereas the red one at the top is shorter. I want Annika's to look more like the white one than the red. It's small, so redoing a couple of times to get it right didn't take long.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Earmarked for Annika

I saw this pattern when I was paging through magazines and thought of my granddaughter Annika. I put a little label in the magazine so that I could come back to it. It's Annika's third birthday next month and this bolero will be just the thing for the occasion.

 I decided to buy yarn for the project rather than spin wool, mainly because I've finished all the wool that has been treated against felting. I went to a little wool shop in town last week, took advice from the owner and bought three balls in this lovely turquoise colour. But when I got it home and started knitting swatches with it, I was annoyed myself for not looking more carefully at the label. The wool shop lady had told me that it's expensive because it's good quality. Really? It's artificial, stiff and thicker than the double knitting it claims to be. Horrible, in short.

So I spun one of the samples that the wool factory gave me. It hasn't been treated against felting and will have to be washed carefully, but Annika's mum can cope with that! The swatch knits up according to specifications and is much softer than the turquoise. I suspect I've been spoilt, working with natural fibres for so many years.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Caught On Camera

Jack is learning to use the camera on his new phone and snapped this picture of me spinning this morning.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Swatches and Needles

The patterns say to use a 3 mm needle, but when I knitted a tension square, it soon became clear that 3 mm was too big. I don't do much knitting on very small needles, so I had to go and buy some needles in smaller sizes. I think I can use 2.5 mm for the main part and 2 mm for the ribbing. I'm told that needles smaller than 2 mm don't exist, so that will have to do. Now, which pattern to choose? I like the one with the cable, but I'm worried that with variegated wool and cables there will be too much going on. I think the other one would probably work better. I'm open to suggestions, here and at next week's craft group meeting. 

Thursday, July 23, 2015


I've finished my Craftree fine thread challenge. Mary Konior's Eternity Rings in size 70 Coats thread. I enjoyed the project, it wasn't as difficult as I thought it would be.  Fine thread makes for slow progress, it's true. But I didn't suffer gaposis or have difficulty opening rings, problems I've had before with fine threads.