Tuesday, 6 October 2009
Bam bam boo
The commissioned v neck is complete and delivered, it will be presented later this week and we will all be waiting to hear how it is received replacing as it does something of a family heirloom.I've also stopped knitting the blanket squares and stitched them together, I think this is enough to make a decent knee blanket that I'll be sending off to the Macmillan appeal this week. I was dreading the joining operation but a wet afternoon saw the work done and I might even be willing to tackle something like this again. So for now I need something simple and have started a pair of plain socks in Wendy Happy, a mix of 75% bamboo 25% nylon. This is the first time I've used bamboo and I'm not really enjoying it in the way I might a ball of Opal. The yarn is very silky and therefore slippery, splits easy and a dropped stitch will quickly run many rows back. Apparently bamboo is being touted as an environmentally friendly choice from a renewable resource, no plants are killed to produce the yarn and within a few months a new crop can be harvested. I believe the same criteria can be applied to sheep. Bamboo is naturally antibacterial, is breathable and cool, strong and flexible with great drape. Likewise wool. I'll be interested to see how the socks wear but at the moment I'm thinking that a high percentage wool is my sock yarn of choice. It may be a bit more expensive but I'd much prefer to look out of my kitchen window onto a field of happily grazing sheep rather than huge canes waving in the breeze.