Welcome to Wool on Sundays :)
Back in November (Fits like a Glove) I extolled the virtues of West Yorkshire Spinners. For many reasons using wool grown and spun in the UK fits with my personal vision of ethical consumption and, at the time, I said: “I was very happy with how the wool knitted up and I shall certainly be buying from them again in the future”. As it turned out I was so happy with my yellow gloves that I decided to make a cardigan with the left over yarn.
Of course, that meant I didn’t have enough of the yarn so I purchased some more and to get up to the Free Postage price I thought I’d try out some of their Signature 4ply. I like not having to pay postage because it both avoids paying double the retail price for a single ball of wool and, at the same time, makes me feel that I get a ball of wool free. Irrational, I know, but in my mind it feels like win, win!
Anyway, when it arrived, rather than carrying on with the cardigan, I decided to try the 4ply and that is what my two February ta-das are made from.
For the first, I used West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4 Ply – Juniper (157)
I used Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Pi theory but I started at the outside and knitted inwards because I was much more enthusiastic about having the rows getting shorter and shorter as I progressed. I began with a lace border from a Burda book of knitting stitches that I’ve had forever and alternated bands of stocking stitch with bands of garter stitch, including a simple eyelet lace pattern on three of the stocking stitch bands.
All the while, I doubted that it would in fact turn out be a semi circle but, magically, it did. Unfortunately, I took the photo below last after I had scrunched it up but you can get an idea of what it looks like.
The diameter is 58 inches and it is very soft and warm. I’m tempted to wear it out but I think I’ll wash and block it and set it aside as a gift.
And my second ta-da has been gifted already! I used West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4 Ply – Goldfinch (840) from the delightful Country Birds Collection. Enthused by the blue shawl, I thought I might try another one starting at the centre. I divided the yarn to try to keep the stripes or at least the colour balance even over the longer rows but it became such a palver that after a couple of froggings I gave up…
…and made socks instead.
Until now, I have shied away from self striping yarns but these striped up so evenly that I see more socks like this in my future!
I hope you, too, had a happy yarnful February. The linky will stay open for one week and Wool on Sundays will be back on Sunday 2nd April :)
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