Since last posting before Christmas and the following bushfires I have managed to do a little bit of creating. I have been knitting socks as they are an easily transported activity that doesn’t take up much room as it is one ball of wool and four needles.
I have managed to complete two pairs of socks and I have two more balls left to use.
I also, before Christmas, knitted a beanie for my sister. The wool was possum wool that I bought when we were in New Zealand.
This is my favourite store in Melbourne. Morris and Sons.You really have to know where to locate the store as it is not at street level. The store is above Dymocks Book Store at 234 Collins Street.As you can see it is a wool shop. Why would I be visiting a wool shop when I am trying to get rid of the wool I already own? I guess I am just a sucker for punishment. So many wonderful knitterly things to look at, not just knitting but crochet, embroidery and tapestry.
A magnificent collection of sock wool.
Their window display.
I felt proud of myself when I walked out empty-handed. I was so tempted to buy more wool but resisted. Maybe when I am in New Zealand I will buy some possum wool.
The jumper was frogged into balls and I was going to wash them as balls until I read a bit about frogging on the internet. Apparently they suggest that you should wash the frogged wool as skeins rather than balls.
I then unwound a few balls into skeins and gave that a go.
This is how the skeins looked after being washed. I wasn’t convinced that the result was any better than leaving the wool in balls to do the wash so I only did what you see here, the rest I left in balls.
After drying the wool I then wound the balls using my new Yarn Winder. I love it.
You can see that there is still a bit of kink in the wool but it won’t be noticed in what I am using it for.
I have been knitting socks during the cricket and now the rugby. I stopped half way through in order to make some golf club covers but I then went back to the socks.The wool was a delight to knit with and I think I will use this brand another time.