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Lovely stripes

April 10, 2010

What’s happened to the weather?! Sorry, I mean helloo and how are you all? I hope you’re enjoying the amazing sunshine as much as I am. It’s not even half way through April and I’ve been making the very most of my Saturday, sitting out in the garden, reading and knitting. And getting a little bit sun burnt — oops — this is the UK in April and the last thing on my mind was the possibility of a need for sunscreen.

It’s been a busy but lovely week with Easter and Birthday season — me and my two not-quite-sisters-in-law (my brother’s girlfriend and J’s sister) all celebrate our birthdays within a few days of each other. So there’s been lots of seeing family, scoffing of chocolate, giving and receiving of presents, and only three days of work since before Good Friday. It’s been lovely.

Since it was my birthday, I thought it would be okay to treat myself to a little present too — something I’ve wanted for quite a while but haven’t been able to get my hands on, since the yarn shops around here don’t seem to stock it — a couple of balls of Noro sock yarn! I don’t really like shopping on the Internet if I can avoid it — I’d much rather support my independent local yarn shop, or even one of the bigger department stores — but since I couldn’t find anywhere stocking it, I went online to the lovely Cocoon, a site to which I suspect I’ll be returning regularly.

I’ve had this idea in my mind for a while — since using some lovely evolving yarn for these socks which I knitted back in February. It’s a simple idea but very effective — knit from both ends of a ball of evolving yarn. So the first job was to split the ball into two, both balls working towards the middle of the original ball. This was the most fiddly and tedious part and took absolutely ages. I’m sure there must be a better way of doing it but it made the most sense to me.

The other reason I wanted to make some socks like this is that I’ve wanted for a long time to learn how to knit with two colours. Okay, I’m still a long way from Vanessa’s amazing fair isle knitting — the sort of thing to which I so greatly aspire — but it seems like a step in the right direction. And, well, I’m really pleased with how they’re turning out!

Aren’t those colours amazing?

Here’s hoping the lovely weather lasts!

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