On my recent yarn shopping expedition, I found this pattern book by my favourite designer, Martin Storey.
I’ve got a great plan for my final two garments for the year using this book, but first I’m going to have to return it to the shop in the hope I can get a better copy. Because, you see, when I got it home and took a proper look, I found it is missing half the patterns. The page numbering goes: 1-48, then 33-48 again, then 65-99. Bit of a printers’ error there. Up to page 69, the instructions are in English; from page 70 the instructions are repeated in German, so it’s the English instructions that are interrupted. Part of me thinks that I could just follow the German instructions (not that I can speak more than three words of German) but that’s not the point. The point is, you buy a book on the understanding that you will get all the pages you need. Or, if the book has some kind of major error, it’s sold as a second and you buy it at a reduced price knowing that you’ll need to use a bit of initiative.
I almost feel like saying “Nul points, Rowan, on this occasion,” but in my heart I know I can only dock one point for the massive printing error because the designs are just so good. My vision is for some kind of curated collection of hand-knits based on these designs which means I’ll probably be revisiting my favourite “mix and match” yarn, which is the good staple Shetland-style offering from J C Rennie. They went through a rough patch where supply was limited and I haven’t ordered from them in ages, but their coned yarns hit the right spot so far as colour range and price go. I do love indulging in a bit of yarn marling – holding two shades together to create a patchy effect such as in my gold cardi and my pink jumper, and the 4-ply Shetland wools are excellent for this. The only downside is the tendency to shrink them when I wash them without thought – such as in my pink jumper….
The other thing to come home with me from that shopping trip was a pretty skein of sock wool from Urth Yarns. I’m not too sure where this brand hails from – the website suggests the USA, but the yarn is marked as being produced in Turkey. My eye was first drawn by one in gorgeous shades of purple, but really I need to rein back on the purple a bit, so I went for a skein that just has every colour known to man. This is, pretty much, my ink collection splashed onto yarn!
Whilst 100% wool isn’t my usual choice for socks – I feel they need some nylon added for durability – I do intend to use this for socks. After all, who doesn’t want a pair of luxury socks to keep for very special occasions? Not everything you own has to be equal to the rough and tumble of everyday life. There’s room for a bit of Sunday Best.
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Not everything you own has to be equal to the rough and tumble of everyday life. There’s room for a bit of Sunday Best.
I heard myself saying aloud “Yes Pam yes yes yes” . Thank you for that reminder you are right.
I’m so glad this sentiment resonated with you. I’m quite looking forward to having a pair of socks that turn occasional days into a mini-celebration.
Hope you get another copy of the book. Your socks will surely lift your mood with their fun colors
The book replacement will hopefully happen next weekend. Easter Saturday passed me by as I was too busy doing other things to go into town, and then this weekend I’m still at home with Covid. So I’m counting on the stars aligning next week.
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