Wednesday, September 8, 2010

My lovely new book.

I'd love to show it to you but I'm nervous of contravening copyright laws. Its called "Color by Kristen" by Kristen Nicholas, and for anyone who loves Fair Isle knitting it is mind blowing. Just think cerise, chartreuse, orange, blue and gold, with embroidery added once the knitting is finished. I borrowed the book from the library and couldn't bear to send it back so I ordered it through Dymocks. If, on the other hand, you prefer your colours muted and in pastel shades this book is not for you as there is positive zing on every page. The book is full of patterns for all sorts of goodies: socks, gloves, hats and scarves, cushions, cardigans and a gorgeous coat. All are knitted in Fair Isle designs in colourways that would leave the islanders gasping. I can't wait to make something and then I will show it to you.
Meanwhile, here is my latest spinning project. A kind soul gave me a bag of alpaca fibre and I am spinning it up. I'm not at all used to alpaca but am pleased with the way it is turning out. I thought you would like to see the grubby stuff as it starts out to compare it with the finished yarn; so soft and very strong. I have no idea what I will do with it. Probably turn it into a lace shawl but that will have to wait until I make something from my lovely new book.
A beautiful day here today. I've spent time in the garden, ripping out enough grass to keep a horse going for a couple of days - oh my poor back but the results are very satisfying.
Hope your day is turning out well too.
Bye for now, until next time.


  1. I'm a big fan of alpaca, but some people do find it itchy, and my goodness is it warm! A shawl's a good idea I think. Maybe too warm for socks unless somebody's headed to the Arctic!

    I had a look at - the book and all that colourwork look gorgeous. If only I could knit faster!

  2. Minding My Own: I wish I could too though I've still got quite a way to catch up to you.

  3. you are so lucky to be able to spinn your own yarn, I would like to learn & do that one of these days. You should show off your Spinning will & how you do it.

  4. I have a spinning wheel , Sister bought it at the Bothwell spin in a couple of years ago. I would love to see your yarn thanks for sharing :))

  5. Cristy it doesn't take long to learn and is great fun to make something from your own wool.

    Pattas I find spinning a lovely soothing craft though you can get awfully cranky when things go wrong.