Here in Melbourne we are in the grip of winter, where the weather specialises in dull, dismal, damp and often draughty days.
A typical wintery day in my back yard.
It’s the perfect time of year to indulge in some handcraft of the woolly sort!
Each year I usually knit several adult garments. This year I have made a jumper for hubby…
8 ply jumper which is actually a darker purple than it appears here.
…and a jumper for me.
This is much greener than it appears!
I have also just completed a cardigan for myself. When sewing on the buttons, I always use cotton thread, not the wool in which the garment is made, as this is too thick for this purpose. With 270 colours in the current Aurifil Cotton Mako range, I can find one that’s just right.
Sewing on the buttons with Aurifil thread.
The completed cardigan.
I always have a number of different knitting projects on the go (just like my sewing!!!). One of the things I am currently working on is a jacket for a friend. When her mum died a few years ago, she inherited some yarn which she asked me to make up for her. It must be 70s-80s yarn, a wool, mohair and nylon mix, and although the band says 7 ply, I am knitting it to an 8 ply pattern. I had to do a bit of research and “trial and error knitting” to get the size right.
Because this yarn is so fluffy and uneven in texture, it would be a nightmare to use for sewing the garment together, so I will use Aurifil Lana (50% Australian wool/50% acrylic blend) to sew it up. The Lana slips through the seams effortlessly.
Sewing up a sleeve with Lana.
Another current project is a beanie for my husband to use on the boat (the last beanie went west on a previous fishing excursion). There was a bit of trial and error involved with this item too, as I had a request to make it a bit bigger than the pattern, so that it wouldn’t sit too tightly on the head.
A friend showed me her current project, a scarf using some fabulously soft Alpaca yarn in a rich mulberry shade. Just beautiful!
Another friend showed me her hat, made from knitting 2 strands of carpet wool together.
In addition to my knitted woolly projects, I am also preparing for a couple of items using wool felt.
The first is using a Quilted Crow Girls pattern . http://www.thequiltedcrow.com.au/
I’ve selected Cotton Mako 28 for use with this.
The other project will be a small 15 inch wallhanging using these materials.
This time I will use Lana (wool blend) thread.
For more ideas about using wool and Lana see http://alwaysquilting.wordpress.com/2012/10/16/tuesday-treats…-wool-applique/ and http://alwaysquilting.wordpress.com/2014/05/17/the-flavour-of…-month-is-felt/
So while the temperature outside may be in low figures, the sun may be hidden and the wind whistling, I’m snug indoors surrounded by my wonderful woolly things!!