Sunday, 14 June 2009

Updated Projects

Jumper is coming along... onto the yoke now. Perhaps it will be finished for the Autumn at this rate!

Other projects in progress:

One sock... other one not yet cast on, these are for me this time. Working way through the self patterning Opal, looks quite nice and quick knitting.

Not quick knitting is the lace I have started.. lifelines at each pattern repeat and has had several restarts and lifelines coming in useful!

And finally, had a go at the BSJ pattern with some acrylic from a swap. Not sure about the yarn choice, will get some buttons to finish it off at some point. Good TV knitting though once you "get" the pattern.

Sunday, 19 April 2009

Button It

Knitting has restarted on the RYC Lux jumper... on the 2nd sleeve then have to knit them into the body one-piece raglan style. Not had a huge amount of time for knitting of late but at least it is plodding along.

At spinning guild yesterday I did a button making workshop. Above are my attempts at a Dorest and a Yorkshire Button. The Dorest button is the one made over a ring, the Yorkshire is stuffed. Quite pleased with this new skill, but will need to practice a bit to master it.

I also bought some Soya tops for spinning, looks beautiful but slippy.

Tuesday, 24 March 2009


... was fantastic.
Here are some pics from the Silk Museum

The weaving equipment is still used 4 days a week, it is a working museum. The factory closed in the 70s to be re-opened as a museum 20 yrs later.

Here are some pics from the floor with the equipment:

The office... just look at that wall of silk mmmmm
The looms

Patterns are "programmed" using a punch card system. These are the cards for the pattern shown.
Some mangle type devices for finishing the fabric

Upstairs was an exhbition about the history of the factory, although we were a bit confused trying to match the English translation sheet with the display at first. D sorted me out!

A display of sample silk made at the factory

Sample next to the original paper design (which later gets converted to the punch cards). Might get around to using this on something some day...

Famous "3 Crowns" design used for the Royal Palace

As above

More punch cards

And some Scandinavian knitting for good measure...

Friday, 13 March 2009

Woolfish Festival

Last weekend I headed down to St Abbs for the day... persuaded K to come along, Mum & Kicking-K.

Nice morning, bought some fibre from the Yarn Yard and a couple of other small things. Short post.. trying to catch up using someone elses internet connection.

Monday, 2 February 2009


So much for getting back to the allotment this week!