The finished tank

Finished tank topI 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.

Tank top after blocking

After blocking

Tank top before blocking

Before blocking

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.

Green wool yarn on coneI 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.


About yorkshirecrafter

I live and work in West Yorkshire.  I've always enjoyed crafts of all types, from woodwork to lace-making.  I also enjoy anything mathematical, which makes knitting a favourite pastime, especially complicated designs.  I've been advising businesses and industry on environmental matters for 30 years and also have an interest in green living, especially where it saves me money. I live with my husband and our Maine Coon in a 100-year-old cottage that constantly needs something doing to it.  Fortunately, I enjoy DIY too.
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