With 31 million sheep you could be forgiven for thinking that New Zealand produces an abundance of fancy yarns and that there are hundreds of little independent yarn dyeing ventures. Unfortunately, that doesn't appear to be the case. So, whenever I am overseas I like to
While I was in New York in December last year I bought some soft, baby alpaca yarn from Purl Soho. I started knitting immediately and finished early in the New Year. The pattern was Big Sweater, Little Pockets by Kate Schoren and purchased from Ravelry.
This sweater was knitted in the round so there was no seaming to do and no untidy selvedge edges to hide. And there were several new (to me) techniques to try like the tubular cast-on and the suspended bind-off.
Apparently Rosa is happy to wear this item because it is super soft and not "scratchy" like a lot of knits.
I recently finished another top for Rosa: Tama by Kelly Brooker
This was knitted from Noro silk garden yarn I purchased from the Mendocino Yarn Shop in June last year. I don't recall where I bought the buttons but I think they are made from Fimo and the colours of the flowers seemed well suited to this yarn.
This was a top-down knit. After the buttonhole band and raglan shaping were knitted, the rest was finished on a circular needle. I love not having to do any seaming - just a few ends to sew in and some buttons to sew on!
I am not a very good knitter and I despair about the state of my sloppy selvedges and my backwards knitting (I knit left-handed so things like button bands are often reversed unless I can be bothered to reverse the instructions which I obviously couldn't be bothered to do this time!). I have become a regular reader of Arenda Holladay's blog. Arenda is a master knitter and her weekly post is full of knowledgeable tips and expert explanations so I'm hoping some of it will rub off on me...
Finally, one of the sweaters I most enjoyed knitting last year was Owlet by Kate Davies. I plan to make another one soon but surprisingly will have to purchase some chunky yarn to do so
Made for a colleague's daughter