Since both my life and blog have been low on knitting until last weekend, I thought an update on all things yarny was well overdue. So here is some yarn porn and a bit of an update.
1. Geoff's Vest. A commission for a mate - the largest thing I've knitted in ages (not being renowned for the length of my attention span). It is also well-travelled, having been to Germany and back, but I didnt get much stick-time there, so it came home still unfinished. I put in a big effort early last week, as Mum and Dad were visiting, and I planned to get Mum to finish it for me. Until I got to the shoulder decreases of the second side of the front neck and found I had one stitch too many.
The evil pattern-corrupting fairy that normally hangs out with kms was on holidays at my place, because I missed that one line that tells me to put a single stitch on a pin. Next morning front right side was frogged, and I put it in the naughty corner for a bit of time-out.
Now, however, the front is done, and its on its way to Super-Mum for finishing (a commission is not the time to teach myself to knit up stitches for a neckband!). Sadly, though, no photos of the WIP.
2. S. E. X. in Germany. It was good, don't get me wrong - not really enough for me, but as in many partnerships, Beloved doesnt have the same drive as me, so I'm happy with what I got. Lots of lovely sock yarn and a few other nice bits and bobs. Oooohhh, baby.
This haul came from Wollkorb in Luebeck (please tell me if youre ever in that neck of the woods, the store and its owner are sensational):
It includes the only handspun I saw in Germany - sadly there is very little in the way of a "cottage industry" for fibre. The top 6 balls are Jawoll and the other 2 are Lana Grossa MegaBoots. They were on sale at E5 each - should have bought a dozen.
These four came from the Willich Wollstuebchen - my first yarn shop so I was restrained. 2 balls of Lana Grossa Meilenweit cotton (on the right) and 2 of OnLine bambus.
I also grabbed this GGH 100% wool for E2 (about $3.50) per ball:
This is from a combined craft / kids clothes store only 2 villages from home, and our last stop 2 days before we left (it will certainly be first stop next visit). Some more Jawoll, some assorted Regia, another Lana Grossa cotton and some Regia silk.:
So that is the lot that came home in my suitcase like this:But the main haul is on its way home in a nice cosy box. I'll flash that when it arrives.
3. International stash relations. I think it might be time to have a bit of a stash clean-up so the german yarn doesnt get the wrong impression about Australia:
Now I've just got to deal with the Knitting Corner and all those lurking WIPs that havent seen the light of day for months. Then I might finally have some finished things to blog about.