Doesn't it feel good when you finish something hand-made that you have been working on for a long time? Just think how they must have felt when they completed the last stitch of the Bayeux Tapestry. Never mind finishing a huge project like building a cathedral in the past when tools were rudimentary. How pleased they must have felt when it was all done and they could finally stop for a cuppa.
Contemplating all of that puts the blood sweat and tears of finishing knitting a sweater into perspective. I am, however, feeling quite smug this week at having finished off two that I have been working on for the past few months. One is using a lovely Isager yarn - Merelin, a blend of Merino wool and linen that creates a lovely knitted fabric that is light to wear. It's a great pity that they have now discontinued this shade of orange that I adore. But the good news is that they have come up with new shades that are equally delicious. The pattern is in the Favourite Knits book of patterns using Isager yarns and I loved learning to do the 'smocking' stitch at the hem and cuffs. Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks?
I also finished another sweater that I love, knitted using The Fibre Co's Cumbria yarn. The pattern is 'Celidh' from this summer's issue of Pom Pom magazine, number 21. Just after I hung it up in the shop Gill came by and tried it on before deciding that she too would make it. Here she is modelling it and she looks great wearing it. The fact is that you would have to travel far and wide to find a more luxurious worsted weight yarn with which to knit this sweater. It would also work in Rowan's Pure Wool Worsted no doubt. It's a very wearable sweater for when the weather decides that it really is autumn.
Now I plan to embark on some more Isager knitting and try out some of the new patterns that have so excited us of late. The Tokyo shawl that James knitted in a variety of Isager yarns has been the hit of the summer season. With a delivery of fresh supplies from Denmark today, we now have lots of kits in a variety of colour ways. Just in case you missed the photo recently, here is Margaret modelling this shawl. It suits everyone, especially Margaret!
Whatever the weather where you are, keep knitting and do send us photos. We love to keep tabs on you and to see what you have on the needles.
Happy Knitting and Crochet!
PLEASE NOT THAT THURSDAY EVENING KNIT CLUB WILL BE SUSPENDED FOR THE LAST THREE WEEKS OF AUGUST. DUE TO STAFF HOLIDAYS THERE WILL BE NO KNIT CLUB ON THE FOLLOWING THURSDAYS:
AUGUST 17th, 24th and 31st
There will also be no late opening on these dates.
Wednesday morning Knit Club will carry on regardless.