Grand opening

Ta dah!

Finally, the grand opening of ‘grammazooknits’ on etsy.com.au has been achieved. The stock is small, but the ideas are huge with more to be added as the weeks roll by.

These little fellows are just a few of the ideas I have actually worked at this stage. I have ideas for many more and the plan is to eventually write patterns for each and sell the patterns. They are simple to knit, but even I don’t want to spend my whole life knitting.

If you have any other ideas for egg cosies, let me know and I will have a go at making them.

Take a peek at what I have done so far by clicking on the link below: https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/grammazooknits

Thank you all for your support


How very true these few words are.

Actions always say a lot more than mere words which can be rolled off the tip of the tongue without, in some cases, too much thought.

 

 

 


Photo courtesy of Melanie Stetson Freeman.

I don’t really remember learning to knit it was soooo long ago, but this article by Murr Brewster describing her first tentative steps as a knitter made me smile.

Having tried to teach my granddaughter to knit (and successfully failed … so far) giggled out loud at her description of achieving the knit stitch only to find she now had to master the purl stitch.

It is something we knitters take so much for granted it is hard to imagine picking up needles for the first time and trying to control them and the yarn at the same time.

I was impressed by her determination, but wished she had let on what her mistake was and if she ever managed to fix it. I will have to look out for a sequel.

Have a read, it is worth it.


It has turned cold, well cooler, here in Dubbo and I have had to rug up on my morning walks with the fur babies.

Click on photo to download this free pattern from loveknitting.com

I went ratting through the cupboard and do you think I could find any of my beanies from previous years? Nope.

So I have decided that it is time Grammazoo had a new beanie and I went looking for a pattern to suit some chunky wool I have stashed away from another project.

Going through my pattern library at loveknitting.com, I found this cable hat with a tassel. To be honest, the tassel doesn’t do much for me, so I am going to replace it with a huge pom pom.

This will keep my head warm during the wintry mornings to come and even look quite stylish to boot.


Did you know Angora wool comes from an angora rabbit?

It can only be spun from the hair of the Angora rabbit whereas yarn from the Angora goat is called mohair and not wool at all.

The rabbits are generally harvested up to three times a year by plucking, shearing or the collection of the molting fur.

This fluffy little specimen sure could use a haircut.

Angora wool yarn is soft, silky and has thin fibres. The fibre is also hollow, which is why products made from angora wool are warmer and lighter, and have that characteristic floating feel.

Being a warm yarn and having short fibres, angora is often blended with other wool types, for example lamb’s wool or cashmere wool in order to keep the cost down.

However, blending the Angora with other types of wool does diminish its softness.

Yarns made for commercial knitting usually use 30 to 50 per cent of angora.

https://www.woolme.com/blog/introducing-wool-types-1-angora-wool/

You can see the difference between the fibre of the wool of this goat and the fluffy down of the rabbit above.

Mohair on the other hand is a strong, lustrous fibre that makes it perfect for both yarn and fabric.

Fabrics made from mohair wool yarn drape well and resist wrinkling and shrinking. Noted for its sheen, mohair is often used in fibre blends to add these qualities to a textile.

Apart from being warm and having great insulating properties, mohair is very durable, resilient and resistant to moisture-wicking, stretch, flame and creases.

Mohair wool is harvested twice a year by shearing the goat and one animal can produce between 5 to 8kg of mohair wool each year.

Compared with alpaca and cashmere, or synthetic fibres or wools (that are usually treated to enhance softness) mohair is not a very soft yarn.

Its value is derived from other unique characteristics: mohair wool is warmer than other fibres and therefore is used to make a light-weight garment. It is often blended with wool for this purpose which helps to keep the cost down.

https://www.woolme.com/blog/introducing-wool-types-4-mohair-wool/


Well we have done the pattern of the week, so now for the stitch of the week.

As an addition to last week’s zigzag or chevron stitch, I thought a lacy-look chevron stitch would be a good follow-up.

To complete this stitch, you will need a multiple of 10 stitches plus one.

There is also a little video which leads you through the stitches in case there is something you are not too sure of.

This particular stitch uses the following techniques:
K: knit
P: purl
Yo: yarn over
SSK: slip slip knit
K2tog: Knit 2 sts together
SK2P: Slip 1, knit 2 tog, pass slip stitch over

INSTRUCTIONS
First row and all wrong side rows Purl
Row 2: *k5, yo, ssk, k3; Repeart from * to last st, k1
Row 4: *k3, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k2; Repeat from * to last st, k1
Row 6: *k2, k2tog, yo, k3, ssk, k1; Repear from * to last st, k1
Row 8: *k1, k2tog, yo, k5, yo, ssk; Repeat from * to last st, k1
Row 10: k2tog, yo k7, yo, *sk2p, yo k7, yo; repeat from * to last 2 sts, ssk


I can’t say goodbye until we do our weekly yoga class.

This week’s class is an advanced shoulder opening stretch. There are a couple of these coming up, but these are probably the ones we need most as we sit, doing repetitive work with our hands and arms.

Each of these stretches will build on the previous.

Well, that is about all I have for you this week, a few of the usual things are missing, but it has been a very busy week and it is only going to get busier (I hope).

It is school holidays in all the eastern states now and next week Grammazoo is off to Melbourne for babysitting duties.

We might have a different post next week with lots of holiday snaps and not too much knitting – just for a change.

Have a fantastic weekend, talk again next week,

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