Hello, thank you for calling in, you are very welcome here. I hope you are keeping warm and cosy - the temperature has dropped sharply here and vests, socks and hot water bottles are the order of the day. Last time I promised a post about knitting so I thought I'd share my first adventure with Drops Fabel with you. I had seen this yarn written about online in all sorts of places and wanted to knit with it but what finally spurred me into biting the bullet was when the champion sock knitter at my knit and natter group recommended it. I went home, went online and went shopping. This is what I bought -
This one is called "Heather" and I chose it because it shouted my sister's name (which isn't Heather, but she wears these colours) and I wanted to knit some socks for her. The problem with it was that much as I love these self-striping yarns, you don't really know what the pattern is going to look like when it's knitted up. There was a tiny photo but it didn't show enough rows to give a realistic picture, so it was a bit of a gamble.
I have to tell you that knitting with this yarn was an absolute joy. As the pattern emerged the colours transported me to the moorland at the top of the Long Mynd: the pink heather, the yellow gorse, the brown bracken, the green grasses, the white sheep. I have heard some knitters say that the yarn they buy tells them what it wants to be used for and I have never understood that, but this yarn wove its own spell as it became a pair of socks which would nurture and cosset a pair of feet as they walked through the British countryside. I found it SO difficult to give them away, but fortunately, my sister's feet are not the same size as mine so they didn't fit me, which made it easier.
These colours are not true - blame the indoor lighting.
The yarn itself is 75% wool (warmth) and 25% nylon (durability), it's very soft and ever-so-slightly fluffy, there were no knots and it's smooth and easy to knit with. So, when a friend saw them and asked me to knit a pair for her, I was happy to oblige.
Outside in the sunshine, these colours are true.
This time, however, I was not so pleased: when I knitted up the second sock, the stripes did not match up with the first! All was well until I got to the heel and even though I used the same batch of wool, the same number of stitches, the same needles and the same number of rows, they are slightly misaligned, which bothers me Very Much. Fortunately, it doesn't bother my friend.
However, I have succumbed and bought some more of this wool, in a different colourway - these socks are for me and they tell a different story, which I'll share with you next time. I just need some sunshine so that I can photograph them.
See you soon.
Love, Mrs Tiggywinkle x