Sunday, April 01, 2007


I have been busy. First as you know I had to make a decision what pattern and yarn to use to make the scarf for my ISE4 Pal. Decision made I am using JoSharp Silkroad Aran in the Fishtail Lace pattern.

This is what it's looking like. I have tried out four different yarns and patterns and this was the one I chose. Because my Pal doesn't like pastel colours I didn't get to use the gorgeous hand dyed cashmere I bought from Katie at Live2Knit. Plus I didn't like the Branching Out pattern for this yarn, the two just didn't seem to work together. Here's a picture of it, what do you think?
I think I will make a lace shawl from it I don't know how long socks would last made from this beautiful yarn so I won't use it for socks.

I also bought the Blue Lagoon colourway in the cashmere to add to my stash (not that my stash needs adding to) I have no idea what I will knit from it yet.

This is the first time I've ever knit with pure cashmere and it's gorgeously soft yarn. But frogging is almost impossible with this yarn much harder then mohair. I can actually frog mohair reasonably well but this yarn I couldn't.

My other purchase was this beauty and beauty it really is. I bought this from PurlYarns, SeaSilk by Hand Maiden.

I am going on a yarn diet because it's all getting a bit out of control again and I am feeling very guilty buying more yarn. I have also been shopping for my SecretPal10.
But it's a secret.

I don't know if I should send her little presents monthly or send one large parcel at the end. You see my dilemma is that if I send her little parcels each month she will find out where I live. I did ask my Pal which she would prefer but she wasn't sure either.

My SecretPal that I will be getting goodies from lives in England and I don't mind knowing that because it's still very intriguing. We've exchanged a few emails and she sounds wonderful.

That's it for now. I cannot believe it's taken me two hours to blog. I am off the see my daughter this afternoon for afternoon tea.

Have a great Sunday everyone!


Dorothy said...

Knowing where you live and knowing who you are are two very different things. You could always use a made up address like, Secret Pal, 1 Secret Yarn Cave Drive, and your city and postal code.

She would probably love knowing her pal is so far away.

Sue H said...

The scarf looks great. I knit that scarf in a very similar yarn, Morehouse Merino in a very similar shade. I think it looks much better in a plain yarn.
I like your other yarns too. I'm about ready to start buying more, *I just need to get some work so that I have some money.

monica said...

Helen, your yarn is beautiful and I love both of the scarves, even in the Branching out. That yarn is just gorgeous...if you are feeling really guilty about your yarn purchases, you can send them my way, I will take them off your hands and help you ease your guilt:) Thank your hubby for the vanilla tip I will have to try that, I don't know if I can stand to be in the car for the planned road trip with that new car smell.

lbquilts said...

hi helen,
i live in IOWA,USA!! altho i have some cousins who live in Aus and haven't seen for years! i'm just starting to knit lace yet. i knit for here in IOWA and for family/friends.

Live 2 Knit said...

I agree, the cashmere can be a bit of a pain to frog, it can be done, but you just have to be careful, perhaps putting it in the freezer might help, I heard that can help with mohair.