This August, whilst I was travelling around the top of Iceland, I visited the wonderful Anna-Fold yarn shop in Akureyri. I wanted to buy some local wool, so purchased enough Isotex Lettlopi to knit a cardigan. I chose a khaki main colour of the Aran weight wool with four complimentary colours for a fair isle yoke.
On returning home, I decided to use this Icelandic wool to knit a Gamaldags cardigan by Helene Magnússon, known as The Icelandic Knitter. I worked out my colour scheme on graph paper and then began.
Being a thicker weight than my last knitted cardigan, namely my Shetland 2-ply Cockatoo Brae, this one quickly progressed. Sleeves first, then the main body. Knit in the round as a jumper, it was relatively easy to steek.
Once I had finished sewing in buttons and steek ribbon on the inside, I soaked and blocked the cardi to size. It took three days to dry as it is rather thick! I’m delighted with the finished result, and grateful for the colder weather so that I can wear it!
Yesterday, a wonderful parcel arrived from Yorkshire! My friends, Martin and Amal who are currently hiking across the Penines, on holiday from Australia, came across Swaledale Woollens. Knowing my obsession with wool, they bought a selection of wools, carried them to the next post office on their route, and packaged them off to me! So grateful for such a fantastic gift, thank you!
Just need to decide what to knit with these DK beauties! Any suggestions gratefully accepted.
As promised, there will be a Woolly Originals’ E-shop update on Wednesday 4th October at 7pm (Edinburgh time). There will be a small selection of various size bags in different patterns.
A huge Thank You to everyone involved in organising Yarndale in Skipton, Yorkshire. What an amazing event! What an amazing weekend!
An equally huge Thank You to everyone who visited our stand, chatted to myself or Jo, or bought a bag or badge. We so enjoyed meeting you, seeing what you’d purchased or admiring what you were wearing! It was fantastic to talk to so many different crafters: knitters, weavers, crocheters, machineknitters, felters and farmers!
Finally, Thank You to An Caitin Beag for the cups of tea and Alice of Whistlebare Yarns for covering for me over lunch on Sunday!
The photos below show our sheep pen before and after decorating, two gorgeous Exmoor Horn sheep who were visiting the show, the unique Skipton Giant Swaledales with their sheepdog, and five beautiful gradient skeins from The Little Grey Sheep, bought yesterday to match the Icelandic cardi I’m currently knitting!
The Perth Festival of Yarn is taking place on Sunday 10th September at the Dewars Centre on Glover Street in Perth. Doors open at 11am until 5pm. Jo and I will be on stall 15 all day. If you’re coming along, pop over and say hello, and show us what you’re making/wearing/purchasing! We love chatting about knitting and crocheting!
Ooooh the Seventies! Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon; glam rock; punk rock; and funk! Chic; Village People; the Bee Gees; and the Bay City Rollers! And then there were the films: The Godfather; The Deer Hunter; Star Wars; and Grease! What was on the telly? Pennies from Heaven; Dixon of Dock Green; and The Good Life. What were we wearing? Bell-bottoms; tabards; Night Fever suits; culottes; platform boots; and granny shoes!
It was also the decade my family returned to the UK from Iran and settled in Scotland. I instantly fell in love with this stunningly beautiful, friendly, amazing country. And, the scenery! Through the Seventies, I remember family trips along the Rest-and-Be-Thankful road through the mountains of Argyll, picnics beside remote streams, cycling round the island of Great Cumbrae on the River Clyde on hired bikes, and holidays to Carradale on the Mull of Kintyre.
So, as this new pattern reminds me of these amazing times and places, I’m calling the design, “Argyll”. The outer fabric of these bags has been machine knit using Spindrift Shetland wool from Jamieson’s of Shetland. The bags will be available to purchase at the Perth Festival of Yarn on Sunday 10th September 2017.