This is Pumpkin. The last wee knit I’m doing for the family reunion.
It isn’t much to look at the moment, but I’m hopeful I’ll make some serious progress on it this weekend. I love the yarn I’m using. It’s an organic New Zealand merino called Treliske Organic, in a natural brown and cream marl. Some merino fleece must have a very short staple when it is spun, resulting in a slightly fuzzy yarn (which then pills badly). This merino must have long staples, because it is not at all ‘catchy’ on the hand, yet retains its beautiful softness. From how it has performed in a vest for my son, it doesn’t pill either. It’s not super wash. I really like it. Sometimes superwash yarns can be awfully splitty because the way the scales on the wool fibres have been ‘cemented’ down (to create the superwash performance) means the different plies don’t hold together well when you knit the yarn. It can also be annoyingly too slippery. (Sock yarn seems to escape this fate. Perhaps it’s because it’s super twisted?)
This little hoodie is gratifyingly fast to knit. Since I took this photo, I’ve used up that ball you see in the photo, and started another.
I have been very slothful over the finishing of the Striped Cardigan:
I’ve been afflicted with an annoying cold/cough thing this week, which hasn’t been conducive to doing fiddly things like sewing seams (excuses, excuses!) Can you see the lovely halo of the possum yarn in this photo? It’s going to be a very warm, cuddly and soft cardigan, and I hope my niece likes it! It’s a nice pattern for possum yarn – it is cropped, quite roomy, and has 3/4 length sleeves, which means plenty of ventilation and comfort for an active child, while keeping her warm at the same time.
More on this cardi when I force myself to sew in the sleeves and put in the buttons!
We’re in for more wet, horrid weather this weekend. I am hoping this translates into quality knitting time. I am missing the knitting!