From across the pond

Last night I met up briefly with Lisa, for miscellaneous knitting and chatting and exchange of items. I’d left a few things behind at her place during the kitty-minding stint and she also had some goodies from the UK.

Clearly great minds think alike, as we were both knitting on Lorna’s Laces socks at the time, me on Jaywalkers in the new ‘Rockwell’ colourway, her on Synesthesia socks in the tried and true ‘Tahoe’:

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That Jaywalker there is the 2nd of the pair, and I’ll be happy to have it finished and another set of LL Jaywalkers added to my sock drawer. (This will be pair #5, and I’d like at least 7). But Lisa was also kind enough to enhance my stash with some lovely knitting materials from ‘across the pond’:

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This is a Rowan ‘Scottish Inspirations’ book featuring a selection of sweaters, accessories, and home knits. I like the look of several pieces in here. The wool is from Wensleydale Longwool Sheep Shop, a slightly hairy fingering weight wool in well-chosen charcoal and periwinkle. I’m curious to know if any of you UK knitters have worked with this yarn – what sorts of things have you made with it? I have visions of gloves or even a fair isle muffler…I will have to ponder this for winter knits.

Tomorrow I will practically be able to wave across the Atlantic to knitters on the other side of it, as I am off to Halifax for a long weekend visit with some friends there. I hope to have at least one yarn shop experience while I’m there, and in general am looking forward to a fun visit. I’ll catch you on the other side!

In the meantime, keep the knitting close by.

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7 responses to “From across the pond

  1. LadyO

    Hee – more Jaywalkers

    Have fun in Halifax! Too bad you aren’t here longer.

  2. tinebeest

    If we time it well, we can wave at eachother, I wonder if I am your most westerly based UK reader, here in Falmouth!

    The wensleydale wool is on my must buy list, I haven’t even touched the stuff, but it is British, so it keeps the wool miles low (well, the travelling wool miles, not the stash wool miles, obviously)

  3. Just yesterday I checked and there are over 6000 pairs of Jaywalkers reported done by Ravellers. When I saw the number I equated it with that many knitters but if many of them are making many pairs as you are its another question entirely! Have a great trip!

  4. Just curious, but why seven? Is there something extra special about seven Jaywalkers?

    Have a great weekend trip though!

  5. 7 Jaywalkers would be the perfect number! Have fun in Halifax.

  6. Oooo, pretty socks and pretty yarn! I don’t even have one pair of Jaywalkers. :( I better get busy since I love wearing my one pair of handknit socks. Have fun on your trip!

  7. Whitney

    I am currently making the Lace Ribbon Scarf with the Wensleydale wool and I love it! Unfortunatley I realized when I returned from the UK that the two skeins I bought were different weights, so I am hoping one skein of DK will be enough…Enjoy!