Thursday, February 21, 2013
Shetland Island on My Little Island . . .
Jamieson and Smith dispatched my order (and with impressive dispatch too, I might add -- the package arrived at the same time as my new Bompard sweaters and I don't have to tell you what a happy day that was!).
Kate Davies Rams & Yowes (or rams & ewes) lap blanket are each and every subtle one a natural, undyed colour -- these are simply the varieties to be found on sheep wandering the Shetland Islands. Isn't this a veritable symphony of earth tones?
another pair of mittens. Turns out that knitting two-handed on a long circular needle is SO much easier than with the 5 double-points used for mittens.
Also turns out that knitting this charming sheep is pretty addictive and the perfect complement to watching the season finale of Downton Abbey (infuriating!) and catching up on Dexter and Breaking Bad and The Big C. . . .
I've steeked once before, and although it's a nervous-making task to slice through stitches and trust the whole garment doesn't immediately unravel, Jamieson & Smith is, according to Kate Davies, nonpareil for Fair Isle knitting -- stickiness built into every fibre. It's certainly gorgeous to work with and I'm having such fun. The only downside is that I'm having some shoulder and upper back tightness, so trying to pace myself .
Off for my run, now, before heading to work. Any fun new projects you're stealing time for? I'd love to hear. . . . And knitters, have you knit any of Kate Davies designs? Or knit any favourite Fair Isle hats, sweaters, or other garments? Steeked? Do share. . . .