Tuesday, 24 January 2017

On the Needles: Ginger Twist Yak and Circled #2 by Woolly Wormhead

on the needles @owlprintpanda.blogspot.co.uk

Today my knitting lovely for several reasons.  First, and most excitingly, it means I've finished the knitting for my upcoming project with the wonderful Clare Devine.  Patterns are in the process of being sent to an inspirational tech editor for checking, and knits are off to a magnificent lady who is going to take beautiful photos back in the UK.  Second, I'm working with both a new yarn and a new (to me) pattern designer.

Both yarn from Ginger Twist Studio, and patterns from Woollywormhead have been around for a wee while, but I've just not had the chance to indulge!  Not that I haven't worked with yarn from Jess before (I have, lots), but this particular yak blend has been sitting atop my pile of favourite yarns since it arrived in a mystery parcel from The Golden Skein more than a year ago now.

on the needles @owlprintpanda.blogspot.co.uk
Inspiration photo for the yarn!

The yarn is 'yakety yak', a blend of 60% Merino, 20% silk, 20% yak.  It's soft but with a relatively high twist feels relatively durable too, so will be ideal for this project - a hat for me!

Now, I'm not saying it's entirely unusual, but I certainly don't manage the time to fit in all the knitting for all the things I'd like to wear!  (And none of this 'selfish' knitting nonsense, it's not selfish if it's your own hobby.  I don't need to have this rant, Jo over @shinybees has already got that covered for me over here).

The pattern is new - 'Circled #2', by WoollyWormhead.  It has very interesting construction, which is what initially drew me to the pattern!  It uses a couple of techniques I tend not to use very often, so it was a good prompt.  Woolly has created several very useful short videos with grafting techniques too, so it'll be interesting to try these out at the end of the project - pain stockinette or garter are my usual.

The first photo in the post is my hat about 1/5th of the way through.  It's all knitted flat with short rows for shaping, then seamed up and tidied together at the end.  So far, it's easy with enough interest to keep me entertained, so will let you know how it goes!

on the needles @owlprintpanda.blogspot.co.uk

On my search for better provisional cast on technique, I found a great tutorial for the one-step provisional cast on too.

What are you making currently?  Do you have any new skills you've learned recently?







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