Newspaper pencil case

My first experiment with spinning and knitting newspaper is finished. Ta da! A sturdy pencil case (just so long as it doesn’t get wet).case

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Yesterday’s News, Tomorrow’s Knitting

paperyarnI’m putting my new drop spindle to good use, starting with spinning yesterday’s news.

I picked up a Metro, the free London paper that settles in a grey layer over the floor of the Underground train carriages by the end of the rush hour each morning. It makes a surprisingly strong yarn, tough and inelastic.

After a couple of hours my fingers were pink and grey from friction and ink.paperpaper2

Two stitches forward, one stitch back

After three (three?!) false starts, the swiggle sweater is well underway! Here’s the finished back, and my start on the front.

Sometimes I love the back of a piece of knitting as much as the front, and it’s definitely true with this pattern. I would love to find a way of sewing it together so that I can wear it either way, but of course the stranded side would snag on every door handle and hook in my path.

The beautiful lobster print tablecloth was a Christmas present from my ridiculously generous and talented sister. Needless to say, it’s already reached family heirloom status.

Train journey

At the weekend Sayed and I went to visit friends in Exeter. We had a great time there, visiting the beach, playing and singing with their sweet little boy. But, I have to say, one of my favourite bits was our productive three-hour train journey there, me knitting, Sayed drawing. Here are a few photos.

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1. New fairisle glove project. 2. & 3. Knitting. 4. One messy train table. 5. One talented illustrator (and photographer). 6. Sporting his new jumper. 7. Beautiful light on a fresh drawing.

Fresh mittens

Fresh mittens, with thumbs this time! I used the ‘Snowflakes’ pattern from Lesley Anne Price’s Kids Knits, in 4ply alpaca wool. I haven’t had much experience with colourwork, so knitting these in the round were a bit of a challenge. If anyone has any tips on working with more than one colour in the round (for example, how do you strand the yarn on the ends of the needles evenly?), I would love to know them.

Knitting the thumb, front and back.

The finished mitten, front and back.

Chameleon

Here’s one I made earlier. Hansi Singh’s chameleon is one of the most impressive and challenging patterns I’ve come across. She’s designed an array of 3D knits, including patterns for octopi, angler fish, cuttlefish and praying mantises. I learned a few new techniques and tricks making this one, including the clever use of increasing/decreasing to produce the spiraling tail.