Friday, March 11, 2011

Listening to.....

My latest passion.

But I digress.

And I digress further - I have chicken envy. We went for a short walk the other day plus camera. The DSM wanted photographs of hens for an art project.

Want! Mind you, so would the cats.....

I have been somewhat laid low by the throat thing, but at long last believe I might live. I have not felt full of inspiration for much, but have been plugging away at knitting with singles. Which is proving to be fun.

The two colours shown are spun one S, one Z. I wanted to see what would happen if I knitted them in the round, and as I thought, they do behave much as they would if worked flat.

So here is, in effect, stocking stitch.

And rib.

The fibre is merino, spun with a somewhat lowish twist (don't I just love to hedge my bets....), and knit on fairly large needles. The fabric feels very soft and cushy, and I don't think it would wear too well, so my intention is to full lightly and see what that does. (By which I mean, I will chuck them in to the next load that goes in to the washing machine - nothing scientific or fancy!)

Then I stumbled across - as one does - a bag of rather nice dyed kid mohair that I had acquired somewhere. So I spun that as a fine singles, and it is becoming a small scarf/shawlette.

There is something of a dilemma with this - if you were to spin it with a lot of twist, it would kink like mad and be tricky to work with. On the other hand, if you don't put sufficient twist in, being mohair, it would tend to drift apart. I think I have reached a suitable compromise. We shall see.


Freyalyn said...

Pretty.... And nice Spring colours too.

Denise said...

Chickens and cats do mix. My hens gang up on the cat. She now skirts round the chicken pen really quickly