So, I’ve finally had a chance to wear my Aestlight.
I love it!
When we went to the park on Saturday to take some pics it was pretty warm, too warm to be wrapped up in wool anyway. So we just snapped a couple of pics before we left – not much of a photo shoot, but I hope it shows you just how pretty it turned out.
The only thing that I would change, if I could travel back in time and tell myself what mistakes not to make, is to make the larger version. I could have gotten away with it, especially considering how much yarn I have left over. But I didn’t think of that at the time, and I thought the large one would be too large. I don’t know, it’s smaller than I thought it would be, but maybe I’m considerably taller than Gudrun Johnson so it looks bigger on her 😕 . Hmmmmm….. maybe they should put the models measurements on patterns so you can gauge what it’s going to look like on you 😕 What do you think?
The kids had a blast at the park, as always. It can be such an effort to get all 7 of us out of the house, but I think Mr HKWT and I forget how easy it is once we get to the park, no complaints of being bored, no demands to be entertained. Just an hour or more of watching the kids enjoy themselves running off all that energy.
It’s Autumn now and I can feel the change of season. The days are getting shorter and it won’t be long before daylight savings and those light filled evenings are over. It makes me sad. I don’t like winter, I don’t like short days, I don’t even like the cold (says the mad knitter). It always seems that winter is far longer than summer, and I will miss summer, the hot days, the long evenings, the ice blocks and water guns, the long light filled evenings, the sunsets, the sun dresses and skirts, my thongs, the washing drying off in a few hours. Everything. I know it will come again, but it’s too far away 😦 (now I’m sounding like my kids waiting for their birthdays to come around again 😛 ).
But at least with Winter approaching I’ll have a chance to wrap myself in all that knitted goodness I’ve been working so hard on! Speaking of which, the socks I’ve been “designing” have been ripped back about 3 times now. It’s frustrating and demoralising (and a lesson to be learned in using that grid pad I bought) and I keep wondering why I’m putting myself through this and is it really worth it? Do all designers have this same issue? Or is it just me (because if it is I think I’ll give up now)? I like to think that for as many great new working designs that each designer puts out, there are at least 2 that didn’t work out the way it was planned – or am I totally wrong and great designers are born, not made? I know that it’s hard work, this designing caper, and maybe it’s something that I’m going to have to really push at in order to succeed. It’s a shame that my automatic reaction to this is to give up and walk away before I’ve even really started. Maybe 2013 should be the year of positive self talk.
The Gimli socks are a slow work in progress. And I mean slow! I was looking at them the other day thinking that I must have at least an inch of the cuff already, I measured it and was way of (as in there wasn’t enough). The cuff is supposed to 1.5″ and I have thought about reducing it to just 1″ just because it’s so time consuming and a pain in the butt! However, considering that they are for my husband I think a longer cuff is probably a bit more masculine, so I’ll tough it out!
Just over a week ago I discovered gradient yarn. It started a little bit of a fascination and I spent a while trawling through etsy looking at all the different colours. I came close to buying some, but I thought better of it and ended up doing a google search for Australian hand dyed gradient yarn. I came across the House of Yarn in South Australia. Not only is it a functioning yarn shop, both online and a physical store front, they also dye their own yarn and they have gradients.
So the above (I don’t know what I was thinking when I took that photo) is 4 ply/ fingering weight sock yarn in the Peony colourway. It’s a 75/ 25% merino nylon blend and at 400m I’m pretty sure it’s going to make an awesome looking pair of socks. In fact, I’m already planning on making the Om Shanti socks with them. When it comes to Australian indie dyers, I don’t generally think twice about buying, I love supporting Aussie made 😀 .
Well, that’s it from me for today. I have a little girl home with an ear ache. It’s always nice to have an extra set of arms around that are willing to help.
Do you know of any good indie Aussie dyers? Post them here and share the love 😀
See you soon