As soon as I had finished it, I wanted to knit something else, I decided to try something different and so signed up for a Craftsy Class in Icelandic Knitting, I wanted to learn colour work techniques and steeking (you knit in the round and then cut the knitting to make an opening for the cardigan front!)
The class was really good, but definitely not for beginners:) I learned a lot and the nice thing about Craftsy classes is that you can go at your own speed and watch the videos as often as you like. Just as well as I have only just finished!
Ravelry notes here: https://www.ravelry.com/projects/suller/top-down-icelandic-sweater
I am really happy with it, it is warm and fits really well. I found some beautiful Celtic style button in my favourite shop (Liberty) which I think really work well.
While looking through my yarn for something else to knit, I came across this cardigan in pieces. I abandoned it years ago as I did not know how to sew it up properly! I decided to take another class in finishing techniques and it is finally done! It looks an odd shape in this photo but it does fit well :) Pattern is 'It's the Berries' by Carol Sunday.
Ravelry notes here: https://www.ravelry.com/projects/suller/its-the-berries
I still feel like knitting at the moment so I have started 'Tenaya' by Elizabeth Doherty, Ravelry link: https://www.ravelry.com/projects/suller/tenaya It has a lovely combination of lace and cables.
I am using a yarn that I bought a couple of years ago. It is a gorgeous native British yarn from Blacker Yarns, all of their yarns are from regional and rare British sheep and spun at their mill in Cornwall. This is from Gotland sheep and is a wonderful natural mottled silver colour
In the accompanying leaflet they say that if you give them the batch number of your yarn, they can tell you where the fleece was raised - really? I had to try, apparently I am the first person who has ever asked! I had a lovely email from them telling me:
"The fibre in your batch is from the 2013 clip of Sue’s very own Gotland flock, based near St. Austell in Cornwall. It was spun on our mill near Launceston – like all our yarns."
My yarn came from these sheep!
I bought it in October 2015, so it's about time I knitted it up!
The cardigan is knitted top down in one piece so you can very cleverly try it on as you go, I don't know how long this will take, but I am enjoying the process, and the combination of the natural lanolin from the wool, and wooden needles have been wonderful for my arthritic hands this winter.
I have it all stored in my lovely knitting bag I made a few months ago