November update

I would have liked to take some FO pictures this weekend, but the weather was really terrible last Sunday. And the rest of the week it’s already dark when my photographer gets home.

I am still knitting though. I would really like to start a project from the second A Stitch in Time book. I would like to knit Simple – But So Attractive and the Tri-Cable Stitch Jumper first. I put yarn for one of the projects on my wishlist for Sinterklaas. I couldn’t refrain myself from asking which yarn my boyfriend had chosen to order, so I already know what it’s going to be: Shetland Supreme from Jamieson and Smith. I can’t wait to see how it looks! Shetland Supreme is undyed yarn. I ordered the Yuglet colour, and it’s hard to see on the screen if it’s brown or gray. But I like both.

I’ve never knitted with Shetland before, I think I will like it. I think it will be strong and warm.

Did I already mention the Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook by Deborah Robson and Carol Ekarius? Kate Davies mentioned it on her blog, and I ordered it. This is a terrific book if you want to know more about different sheep breeds and the differences between the yarns they produce. It’s a really thick book with loads of information. I you like the Knitter’s book of Wool and The Knitter’s book of Yarn, you will like this too. I might even take up spinning, this book is really inspiring. But it’s really useful for knitter’s too.

I’ve already read all there is to know about the Shetland sheep.

I am trying to knit on the WIP’s I already have, and to not start a new project until my yarn arrives. I am somehow really bored by Halla (I feel a bit guilty about this, the yarn is super and the pattern too). But on the plus side I really feel like knitting on my other neglected WIP: Still in Rowan Calmer.

Rowan is discontinuing this yarn, and I am a bit sad about this. It’s a cotton/acrylic blend, and it’s really nice to work with because it’s super elastic. And that’s unusual for a summer yarn. I always thought this was one of Rowan’s classics and thought that it would always be there.

I am knitting the sleeves:

I’ve shortened the cuffs a little, because they looked ridiculously long on me. I am also shortening the sleeves, because a lot of Ravellers commented that they turned out a bit long.

I’ve also, for the first time in my life knitted a project in two days! I am a slow knitter, and accessories that take others a few days, can take me weeks. This is the Vintage Beret from Rowan 44. This project was so quick that I don’t have an in progress photo of it.

I couldn’t put this project down, the lace pattern is really addictive. The color is actually Teal, much prettier than in this photo.

I’ve knitted it in Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK, and that’s a really nice yarn. I am not so in love with cashmere anymore as I used to be (it doesn’t wear well) but this is a very nice yarn to work with. This yarn was a leftover from my Willow vest, so I’ve also used up some stash yarn with this project.

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