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.