Thursday, 27 May 2010

It's been a long, long time since I've updated this blog, and that has a lot to do with my complete inactivity in the fibre realm. I loosened off the tension on my loom when I went to sea in January, and haven't done so much as tighten it yet, far less weave a single pick. That's largely because other things are going on in my life. I find myself with little time to slack off on a computer at work at present, and no inclination to look at one once I'm home. In addition, I've been doing all the spring jobs in the garden and working on renovating a flat. Busy!

I've not been totally inactive, however, as the photos below will show. I've still been knitting a little in the evenings, finding it something relatively brainless I can pick up for half-an-hour and put down again. I'm working on a project at the moment that I'm making up as I go along, but I also finally got around to seaming up the sweater I knitted over the xmess break last year. In the finest tradition of yarninmypocket, here's a bathroom-at-work shot:

I made this in some handspun alpaca, in a chocolate brown which unfortunately doesn't show the detail very well in a photo. This is a really simple knit, done mostly in garter stitch, with some increasing and decreasing for shape, and yarn-over-needle increases to make the pretty increases which create the cowl neckline and lacy effect up the sleeves. A close-up of the cowl neckline:

Although I knit this to guage, the small size was still a bit too big for me (just because I'm tiny, I think), so this hangs off my shoulders a little. But that makes it a lovely comfortable sweater which is perfect for those days when you want to hide the body. And the alpaca makes it lovely and snuggly, too.