I finished the tank top I was knitting this week. After two washes to remove the lanolin still in the yarn and three or so decades of dirt – I can’t remember exactly when I bought this yarn, but I knitted a sweater for my dear husband in it some time in the late 80s – it “bloomed” beautifully.
I can see me getting a lot of wear from this, both under an open cardi in the winter and instead of a long-sleeved jumper in the spring and autumn.
In the end I decided against introducing a contrast colour around the neck, given that there are already multi-coloured neps in the yarn. Blocking evened up the stitches and flattened the broken rib stitch pattern into a smoother fabric.
So, what’s next on my knitting needles? I acquired a cone of very hairy wool this week from a new scrap store I’ve discovered, Scraptastic in Shipley. I say new, but it’s apparently been open for two years. It’s small but very cheap – all the scrap items in the shop have a number on the shelf to indicate how many of that item are allowed into a basket, and each full basket costs just £2.
I came away with this cone of yarn which weighs about a kilo, four zips, six large furnishing fabric remnants, a couple of notebooks and numerous other little bits and bobs that will do for cardmaking, all for £2. The yarn has little pieces of vegetable foreign matter such as straw in it, and it behaved like wool when I held the end in a flame, so I’m pretty sure it is 100% wool. It looks to be about a 4-ply weight and is probably a carpet yarn, but if I knit it double it should make a useful and very warm Aran sweater.
Once upon a time I knitted very little other than Aran sweaters with all the traditional cabling and (usually) bobbles, but I’m down to my last one now. It is a natural colour that is rather stained – I have a habit of spilling coffee down my front – and quite threadbare. It definitely needs to be replaced, and bottle green is a more sensible colour. But I’m not sure I can summon up the enthusiasm to start such a heavy, wintery project when spring is just around the corner. Maybe I should instead work on the cowl/poncho in Orenburg style that I was considering last month.