2019 03 08 Louleigh Knitting Podcast

This week I’m wearing an aran cardigan that my mother knitted.

The Louleigh community has been getting really excited about yokes.  Come and join the Magnificent Louleigh Yoke Along#knit1000g closes on 20 March.  Don’t forget to update your posts to be in with a chance in the prize draw.  I’m really forward to meeting some of you at the Rabbie’s Cafe meet up in Edinburgh.

I’ve been working on Bovertun and Marklee.  This week I also review De Rerum Natura Gilliatt.

Yarn Review: De Rerum Natura – Gilliatt

I’ve been putting off writing  this review because I just didn’t know what to say about the yarn.  The very few words I do have to say about De Rerum Natura’s Gilliatt aren’t going to fill up much space; however, it is a yarn that I really want to share with you, so lets just crack on with the vital statistics.

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Yarn weight Worsted; Skein weight 100 g; Length 250 m; Recommended tension 17 – 19 stitches over 10 cm; Recommended needle 4 – 5 mm needles; Fibre content European Merino; No. of plys 3;  Spun in France.

Gilliatt doesn’t feel like any other merino that I’ve squished in the ball.  It’s not as finely spun as other merino yarns I’ve encountered.  The yarn looks plump, round, and woolly; and the ball rebounds as I squish it in my hand.  It’s not super soft either.  You aren’t going to pick this up and coo over it, but it is pleasant to the touch.

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Swatch knitted of 4 mm needles after one wash.

I knitted two swatches with 4 and 5 mm needles, and ended up with a gauge of 18.5 stitches x 30 rows and 17 stitches x 26 rows over 10 cm.  Both fabrics look great.  This plump yarn expands out in to the space around it, so the fabric still looks full and opaque at a looser gauge.  On smaller needles, the knitted fabric still has a nice movement to it.  I wouldn’t say that either swatch has drape, but they do have a nice movement to them.

It’s worth mentioning that I didn’t experience any prickle factor while wearing my swatches.  I’ve knitted the Furrow Hat with it, and haven’t experienced any prickling or itchiness against my forehead.  I didn’t notice the swatch when tucked into my neckband either.

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Swatch knitted on 5 mm needles after two washes and two weeks of armpit testing.

This is the bit where I run out of words for this yarn.  I proceeded to the wear test, when the swatch gets tucked in to my bra at the armpit, and stays there for a few days.  The 5 mm swatch spent a week in close proximity to my perspiring armpit – no change.  So I washed it again, and tucked it in to my bra for another week, then hand washed it again.  Still no change.  Oh, sorry, it’s a teeny tiny bit softer.  That is all.

So how would I describe this yarn?  Stable.  And that is something I like in a yarn.  If you’re going to take the time to knit a garment, you really want it to maintain it’s looks for a long time.  I think Gilliatt would.  At £11 it’s a high quality mid-range yarn.  I liked it a lot, and very badly want to make myself a garment with it.

2019 02 22 louleigh knitting podcast

This week I’m wearing Treysta.

The Louleigh community has been chatting about #knit1000g, the Advent Mini Skein Swap, and The Magnificent Yoke Along.

I’ve been knitting socks! Hairy Man Socks, Pebbles and Pathways Socks, and an afterthought everything sock tube.

I’ve been reading ‘The New Animals’ by Pip Adam, and my focus project for the coming week is Bovertun.

2019 02 07 – Louleigh knitting podcast

This week I’m wearing Enchanted Mesa.

I will be attending the Edinburgh Yarn Festival.  If you’d like to join me for breakfast at Rabbie’s Cafe, there are details in the Louleigh Ravelry Group.

Sign ups for Quarter 1 of the Advent Mini Skein Swap will close on Monday 11 February.

Currently I’m working on Bovertun and Marklee.

2019 01 11 Louleigh Podcast – Reviewing My Sock Knitting Books

 

I’ve been knitting Twisted Limone tube socks and Opal tube socks, whilst reading The Lido by Libby Page and Mist Over Pendle by Robert Neill.

One sock for The Hairy Man is complete, and I’ve started a pair of Pebbles and Pathways socks.

The books reviewed are ‘The Knitter’s Book of Socks‘ by Clara Parkes, ‘Sock Architecture‘ by Lara Neel, and ‘Custom Socks‘ by Kate Atherley.

Pop over to the Ravelry thread for an opportunity to win the Pebbles and Pathways pattern.

2019 01 04 Louleigh Podcast – Drop Cloth Embroidery

The jersey I’m wearing this week is Carbeth.

I’ve finished my advent socks, and am knitting socks for The Hairy Man.  The embroidery I’m working on is a Drop Cloth Sampler.

Please visit the Louleigh Ravelry group to show off your advent mini skein projects, and update #knit1000g progress.

2018 11 17 louleigh knitting podcast – with embroidery and breadmaking

There is a 10% discount on everything at Shoplouleigh until 18 November.  The new enamel pins for the Stash Appreciation Society are available now.

In the Louleigh Ravelry group we’ve been chatting about the Advent Calendar KAL.

I have finished the Jones cardigan, and am testing a snowman embroidery kit from Mary’s Makery.  I’ve also been mending socks, and working on the CustomFit Jersey.

2018 11 09 louleigh knitting and sewing podcast – buddy the bear pattern

Today I’m wearing my Swallowtail Shawl, and a cardigan that my mother knitted (for herself).

The Advent Calendar KAL is up and running in the Louleigh Ravelry group.  Pop over and let us know how you plan to use your mini skeins of yarn.

This week I finished a pair of socks, and another Buddy the BearThis is the link for the tutorial I use for sewing soft toy feet.

2018 10 12 louleigh knitting and sewing podcast

We are chatting about #knit1000g2018 in the Ravelry group.  Please come and join us.

This week  I’m sharing progress on the Jones cardigan, road testing some fabric woven on my rigid heddle loom, and explaining my decision not to continue with the Alexandria Peg Trousers.