A Berry Scarf and Heather Phone Cosy

I am not the fastest when it comes to completing my little projects, therefore I can’t post my knitting results every day. Now I have finished a few things in preparation for the new craft market season which is going to start soon.

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I found this lovely soft and gloriously coloured yarn in a wool shop in London. It is from a company called Shilasdair, on the Isle of Skye. Luxury 4 ply, a blend of Angora, Cashmere and Lambswool. They dye their yarns with natural materials, which makes them all the more attractive to me. The two colours I chose are called Rowan Berry and Blackberry.

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I knitted the scarf in garter rib pattern, first seen in Ingrid’s Blog Strickpraxis (click here). Strangely, the sides are turning inwards, which I found a little annoying at first. Here it is drying flat after washing. After it had dried the curl at the sides was still there, but I don’t mind, because the wrong side, which doesn’t look as attractive as the pattern does on the right side, is less visible and the scarf is a neat roll when you wrap it around your neck. The yarn gave off some colour when I knitted it, so I thought there would be a lot of dye coming out in the washing process. Luckily that was not the case at all. I am really pleased with this little scarf and will be more than happy to wear it myself if I can’t sell it.

P1550476 (533x800)Moss, Heather and Scotch Broom

Although I live in the north of Scotland, it took a visit to London to discover Jamieson’s Shetland yarns. After my return I went online and ordered their well-made shade card containing the 220 shades of dyed and natural colours. Looking through the beautiful range of blues, reds, yellows, reds, purples, browns, greens and shades in between I decided on 8 colours for a start: Moss, Heather, Seabright, Madder, Mantilla, Coffee, Scotch Broom and Shaela.

Spindrift yarn is used for Fair Isle knitting, which I haven’t attempted yet. I started rather small and made a phone cosy from it.

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Rowan Trees

It’s not autumn yet although a northerly breeze makes the air feel cool. The first Rowan berries are appearing on the trees.

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I took this photo last year, a bit later in the year, and I processed it with the Orton tool in Picasa. I don’t process my photographs a lot but sometimes I like experimenting with different effects.

As I sell photopostcards at the local craft market, I’m thinking of using it.