Frog in knots

Knitting, knots and frogging.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Mo' hair

Either I can't resist a bargain or I have a compulsion for people to think I have fleas.

What is it with me and mohair at the moment? I have a whole tub dedicated to it and have just added even more. I bought this today at a charity shop, 7 x 50g balls for the grand sum of 10p each. Yes, it really is that green. I haven't got a project in mind yet, but as I've got a thing for green right now I'm sure I'll come up with something. It's 78% mohair, 13% wool, 9% nylon so a little on the itchy side, but a good dose of fabric softener should help.

I also found a knitting handbook for £2 which contains techniques, design help and a good stitch library. It looks like one built up week by week probably from the 80s, I think I'll find it quite useful.
I got the latest issue of Simply Knitting too. I wouldn't normally buy it as I think it's beyond crap but I saw the cover pattern for a lacy vest and shrug on Egeria's blog and really wanted to make it. It's a bit girly for my usual tastes but a change won't kill me.

I've been working on my nephew's cricket jumper, it's taking a wee bit longer than I expected as I'm taking more care with it than usual. Kids can be really bloody horrible to each other so I don't want it to look blatantly hand knitted as it's for him to wear at school. I decided to follow the slip pattern that goes with the cardigan I started making pre-olympics (that's due to be dug out of the cupboard soon). It has the size I need so makes life easier but I'm working in the round instead. I'm working a blank set of stitches between each cable as I'd noticed that's what the official England team jumpers are like, the stripes match his school uniform. I'm about a third done and I'd like to have it posted off to him by the weekend so I really should be doing that rather than poncing on the internet.


At 11:45 pm, Blogger Samantha said...

Wow -- that is really -- um, green. I'm sure whatever you knit it into it will be lovely. The jumper looks great. I'll bet your nephew will be thrilled to have it. :)

At 12:16 am, Blogger dreamcatcher said...

Purest green! (sorry could not resist obscure Blackadder reference). There is definitely a green vibe ging on :-)

The cricket sweater is looking great. Someone made one for me when I was in my teens and it was so comfy. (Re your comment on other children) - isn't it interesting how people's attitudes to where clothing comes from have changed - at one time home-made, hand-made clothes were prized and shop-bought was rather looked down upon. I for one absolutely treasure handmade items and I'm sure your nephew will love the sweater :-)

At 1:44 am, Blogger KnitPastis said...

Oh wow, you just blow my mind with your skills of knitting. The cricket sweater's cables are so cool looking. Kelly Green, you know, I didn't think I would like my green socks but I do now. I know of a blogger friend who knits the mohair with Cascade 220 for a pair of simple leg warmers. I don't know though, green leg warmers? Maybe a lacey scarf. Now that would be very pretty with your hair color!

At 3:18 am, Blogger HPNY Knits said...

the jumper looks very pro. and the cardigan you want to make looks lovely!!

At 9:11 am, Blogger Rain said...

Thanks folks. Lol, it is very green but strangely I like it.

DC - you're right, I used to love the things my Mum handknitted for me when I was little, but I suppose post war it was a necessity and up until the 80s it was trendy. My nephew is a good lad though and was quite made up to be measured and involved in design choices.

KP - strangely I have been looking at legwarmer patterns, but I think it;s something to be left for next winter.

At 10:12 am, Blogger acrylik said...

Wonderful bargains! I actually quite like that green, lovely and vibrant.

I love the cricket jumper, it's looking fantastic.

At 10:29 am, Blogger Seahorse said...

Great bargains - you're my kind of girl, point me at a charity shop and I'm happy as Larry. Your attention to detail on the cricket sweater is very impressive, how many people would even have realised that about the cable spacing!?

At 11:24 am, Blogger nanatoo said...

You folk have good charity shops! Yep - that's GREEN alright :) For that money you'll think of something to do with it. I like the look of the knitting handbook too.

'Beyond crap' lol. I think most people agree with you but I still can't resist it being a bit of a newbie. The vest and shrug are gorgeous, I agree.

Cricket jumper is coming along beautifully.

At 12:21 pm, Blogger KnitYoga said...

Well you most definitely couldn't let a bargain slip by like that, could you! Funnily enough, I'm just starting to get into green too and, if you do decide it needs toning down a bit, a good way is to knit it together with perhaps a thinner strand of a lighter or darker green. The book looks interesting, too. I've got a set of '80s partworks and they're absolute gems for the techniques. The cricket jumper is looking fab and I'm sure that your nephew won't get any derogatory remarks from his classmates. You're obviously paying close attention to detail getting it just like the official England team ones.

Thanks also for those very interesting recipes in your last post. I'm afraid that I'm rather likely to try each and every one of them and then try them again just to ascertain which one I like best. ;-) Looks like you had a great time judging by the photo!

At 1:14 pm, Blogger Bezzie said...

That green mohair reminds me of Officer Kermit. But he's a recycled thriftstore mohair sweater. I envy your patience to knit with mohair. Drives me batty!!!

At 2:48 pm, Blogger Melissa said...

That is the greenest green I've saw in a while . The jumper is looking awesome!

At 7:19 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The cricket sweater is beautiful! Your cables are coming out fantastic! I clicked on the picture to enhance it because I couldn't believe how perfect it looked!

At 3:01 pm, Blogger Stickbloggen said...

Well, you just gotta buy when its charity, right? *lol*

A green fuzzy Kermit the frog to accesorize your blogs profile?

Nice cricket jumper, and nice colours!

At 3:02 pm, Blogger Stickbloggen said...

A green frog. Definitely!

At 4:32 pm, Blogger allisonmariecat said...

I love the cricket sweater so far. The cables are amazing. As for the green, no advice here, but I can't wait to see what you turn it into!

At 2:12 am, Blogger TutleyMutley said...

Now that's really my kind of green - luverly!
And from a charity shop - brill.

At 5:14 am, Blogger Areli said...

That is a pretty little top, it's always fun to be a little girly! Great score on the mohair, you will find a great project for it.

At 4:07 pm, Blogger Rain said...

Thanks for your kind word ont he cricket jumper folks.

Seahorse - I used to be so ashamed to go into charity shops when I was a teenager but then I became a poverty stricken student (yes, we do bleat on) and I realised what treasures lie within.

Nanatoo - we should start a revolution...or maybe just a good magazine. It sucks.

Knityoga - thanks for the tip on toning it down. I certainly wouldn't get lost in it as it is. I hope you enjoy the recipes. The Bailey's one works well with some honey in it too.

Bezzie - lol, it's easier to work with if you keep it in the fridge, but your family tend to think you've finally lost it.

Melissa - lol, there's no debating what colour it is.

Pam - thanks, you've made me blush.

Monica - it certainly would make a good Kermit.

Areli - I'm actually looking forward to having something so nice to wear. I
ve been feelng a little frumpy of late still stuck in my winter clothes - roll on summer!

At 7:05 pm, Blogger anneland22 said...

I love that color...a mohair tip that I think works: Put your mohair garment into the freezer for at least 3 hrs and it will stop the itchy shedding. I just tried it with a little number that I love but haven't worn the item since it is getting beastly hot here in Southern California. The reason I think that it must work is that the moisture in the yarn will crystlaize when frozen as water likes to tend to do. Then those crystals will bind the loose fibers together (like ice felting without the shrinkage or loss of texture). Since it will probably bve cold there much sooner than here, if you have the opportunity to tyr it, please let me know how it works out.


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