I've also been doing a lot of machine knitting. I go to a monthly machine knitting group and we have a monthly challenge. our challenge for the September meeting was to knit fair isle. I've never done fair isle on the machine before but I've fancied trying it. A friend have done lots of fair isle on the machine with Noro Sekku and it looks fabolous. So the other day i dug out a ball of Sekku from my stash.
I combined it with a cone of black cashmere 2ply and knitted this in about 30 mins. I thought the black would be the main colour and not the Sekku which is the selfstriping colour. So I thought I'd end up with a longer scarf but instead i ended up with a nice cowl.
I do like this and i've been trying it on a few times and I think it'll be great for the winter.
I need to knit an edging as the edges aren't very neat. I'll do a garter stitch edging or maybe an i-cord edging in the black cashmere.
When knitting on the machine it's the wrong side showing so this was my view when i was knitting. Think this is very pretty too. I'm planning another Sekku Cowl. I thin I've got some purple cashmere hiding... if I can find it.
The thing i love about the machine is the speed and it allows me to knit stuff for myself without interfering with deadline knitting and I can also knit some proto types for hand knit designs. If I'm not sure if something will work I can knit it up quickly on the machine.
This 'poncho' (can you think of a better name for poncho? Sounds so dated) was a test to see if what I had in mind would work. it did and I'm planning a handknit lace design now. The machine knit version was knitted out of 2 skeins of Silky Camel Lace in a Lace Lovers Club colourway. It's a bit big on my dress form but I love it. I've been living in this lately. It's great to throw on inside if I get cold and great to wear over a light top this time of year when I venture outside. It's very lightweight but because of the camel also very warm. And i wish you could feel the softness. It's amazing.
There's been handknitting too. I finished a shawl design I cast on after we came home from Spain. This is the Silky Camel 4ply/sock. I love this shawl. It's draped over my dress form now and looks so pretty. I'm not quite sure when to publish it yet. I need to get the 'Beads & Lace Collection' patterns/booklet finished first then I can decide when to publish this. Again it has beads. I've got a bit of an obsession with lace and beads right now.
Fancy a monthly yarny treat arriving at your door? Every month for 3 months? Sounds like the ultimate treat doesn't it? Well, there are a few spaces left in my Lace Lovers Club. Sign ups will close at the end of this week, or before if club is full. It's currently 3/4 full so if you've been thinking of joining don't wait any longer.
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