Friday, 17 December 2010

Angora felts beautifully.....

... unfortunately!

This time last year I knitted a little neck warmer from the 'Pretty Thing' pattern by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee. It was a little thing of beauty and kept my neck toasty warm without being scratchy.

I should have known in Spring this year that it was doomed because, when I tidied up the box of hats and scarfs to put them away for the summer, the beret that I knitted it to go with (Rose Red by Ysolda Teague), had been nested in and eaten by mice.

Now, the lovely neck warmer has had an unintentional trip through the washing machine at 40C and came out looking like this...
and with the flash on to really highlight the horror...

Ouch. Looking on the bright side, I now have a great reason to knit another hat and neckwarmer in this year's chosen colour, yarn and pattern. Now I just have to find the time...

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

With hindsight...

... I would never have knitted the following projects.

I loved the patterns and the yarn, and it seemed like a good idea at the time, but they've never been used. On a positive note, they didn't take long and are still really cute!

I didn't want to knit anything major for Imogen in newborn size as she would grow out of it so fast, but I thought that a little hat and sock set to go home from the hospital would be nice. In reality, she was wearing a sleep suit, so the socks were unnecessary and the hat was too big. By the time it fitted, we were having a hot summer so was too hot!

Pattern: Baby socks and hat by Sue Morgan.
Yarn: RYC cashcotton 4 ply.
Needles: 3mm DPNs.

This yarn makes a lovely hat and I'll probably knit another one for her in the future as I have a lot of it in stash. It's too inflexible for socks though, especially very little ones to go on delicate feet.