Tuesday, February 21, 2012

For the Love of WOOL

As a typical child of the 70's and 80's I never, ever, wore anything made of wool.  In my late teenage years I tried on a wool sweater, a typical off-the-rack, factory-made sweater, and it was so itchy and scratchy I decided wool was not for me.  How little did I know then!

Since discovering knitting, a whole world of luxurious fibers is now within my reach.  Silk, cashmere, Italian merino wool.  A good yarn store is like a fine restaurant for the tactile-sensitive!  I don't even mind hand-washing special things made of wool - some things in life are worth the extra time and care. 

As you can see, I've been knitting like crazy this past few weeks - a sure sign that I've had a really difficult month. 

My last FO, of which I am very proud though, is the Pinwheel sweater.

I was going for that whole, not matching color thing.  That modern way of combining colors, where they don't match but they sort-of all go together?  Not sure I succeeded.  When I got the the black rim on the outside, I actuall took it off my needles and almost ripped the whole thing out, but when I laid it out on the floor, I went, well, this may acutally work.  It is a very unique pattern.

Here's the yarn I had to work with.  I was constantly re-arranging the colors. 

Sweater in Action!

Front View.  Love the wood toggle button, from the front it looks like a modern cardi.

And another project, another vintage pixie hat, this one from a very old knitting book I picked up many years ago at a thrift store.  This one is for a baby, so it's way too small for my daugher, but she's my closest model. 

I also made matching booties.

And wrapped it up like this.

And my last project, the Ribbed baby sweater.  This one is headed to France soon for a little boy named, Louis??  Yes, really.

So, that's it, for now!  Next blog:  I think I'll start in on our lovely little old house and the remodeling we've done over the past (now 7?!) years.  Craziness!  Get ready for some DYI before and after's!