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Friday, April 21, 2006

Posh Yarn and Just One More Round

Well, after being introduced to Posh Yarn by Nanatoo (who, by the way, is the most excellent enabler), yesterday I became their first customer.

Posh Yarn is based in the north of England and specialises in hand-dyed cashmere yarn and cashmere mixes. They supply all weights of yarn from cobweb lace through to chunky and including sock yarn. The yarn is hand dyed to order and there's a good range colourwise comprising both solids and variegated. Dee, at Posh Yarn, informed me that more colours will be added soon and custom dyeing is also available. No postage/packing is payable on orders over £20 and the goods are sent by registered mail.

The yarns on the site look gorgeous but I was very good and only ordered three skeins: one skein of pure cashmere laceweight for Sivia Harding's Victorian Shoulderette; and two skeins of Cashmere/Silk laceweight for Heartstrings' Beaded Lace Scarf II. Yarn should be received within five days of ordering and, accordingly, I was told by Dee to expect my yarn by Tuesday. She also told me that she would inform me by email as soon as it was posted so that I would be kept updated on the status of my order. I'm thinking that the cashmere/silk variegated would make a lovely clapotis and this has tempted me to consider making another. I'll post a photo when the yarn arrives and let you know what I think of it.

I finally got around to having a go with dpns and made amulet bag No 2 which I've embellished with a knitted flower and a bead. The amulet bag making has given me the idea to make some scented sachets for the Craft Fair to be knitted on dpns, embellished with beads or flowers or whatever else occurs to me and with some ribbon slotted through the eyelets perhaps. Then I could put some dried herbs inside tied in muslin with a few drops of essential oil added - citrus oils for the orange and yellow bags, lavender for the mauve ones, etc.

Having completed an amulet bag in the round, I decided that the one I'd knitted flat previously wasn't good enough any more so I frogged it and I'm going to reknit it on dpns. When it's reknitted, I'm going to draw a name from all of the people who said they liked the original one and that person will be sent its replacement if they desire. I can't make up my mind, you see, having asked if anyone would like it, whether people were a bit reticent to say they would like it or whether they were just being polite when they said it was nice. So, in order to cover all eventualities, I plan to proceed as above. LOL

The success with the dpns also encouraged me to crack open my Web of Wool sock kit which has been in the drawer since Ally Pally last year. I got to the stage of dividing the stitches for the heel when I noticed that I'd knitted a few stitches of moss stitch amongst the rib right at the beginning of the cuff. So, it went to the frog pond and I've now restarted it. This is where I am with it at the moment.

And, I now completely get it - all the fuss about knitting socks, I mean - and I can't put it down. I'm forever wanting to do just one more round!

Thanks for all the nice comments on my last post about Fitzgerald, etc. Charlotte asked what's Noro like to knit with. Personally, I think it's okay to knit with if a little hard (it's not what I'd call a soft yarn) and there are a lot of knots in it for such an expensive yarn, too. If making a cardi, some might find it more important to match the stripes on both fronts which would mean continuing from where the repeat matches and consequently the garment could end up taking more yarn. However, if you're prepared to accept these 'cons', the 'pros' are, in my opinion, well worth it because the colour combinations are so gorgeous.


  • At 5:47 pm, Blogger Daisy said…

    Hmm, well you're not bad in the enabling department yourself! ;-)

    Love the little amulet bag - I used the rest of a ball of purple sock yarn (after making my socks) to make a little lavender sachet thing for a relative. Worked very well!

  • At 6:09 pm, Anonymous Mary said…

    What a tempting website! Very nice yarns. Welcome to the world of sock knitting - you won't be able to stop now.

  • At 6:37 pm, Blogger Seahorse said…

    Love the sock! The bag is very pretty too.

  • At 6:40 pm, Blogger dreamcatcher said…

    The amulet bag is gorgeous, so pretty. Another great colour combination. Please do put my name in the draw!

    Congrats on being the first customer at Posh Yarns too. I've been looking through the site and the prices seem very reasonable given the super quality of the yarns. I am so so tempted :-)

    And you have a sock! I'm going to have to have at go at them this summer :-)

  • At 6:51 pm, Blogger Emma said…

    Ooh, the yarns were bautiful. Thanks for the link! Good luck on the sock.

  • At 7:33 pm, Blogger sal the spider said…

    Will you quit with the "enabling" thing, I've told you, the term is "bad influence" !!! :-)))
    Fab about the DPN's a whole new world awaits!!!
    Sal x

  • At 8:07 pm, Blogger Rain said…

    Those little bags are so cute. You're all tempting me to start making them.

    Not looking at the the yarn link, no, not looking.

    The sock is looking great so far.

  • At 9:17 pm, Blogger acrylik said…

    Way to go on the dpns! Your little amulet bag looks lovely, and your idea of making them as sachets for the craft fair is great.

    The sock is looking fantastic. Isn't it strange how the sock bug just grabs you like that? ;)

  • At 9:29 pm, Blogger nanatoo said…

    Hmm, I'm thinking the Clapotis would be great in the cashmere/silk, but I'm afraid of that thought, hehe. Sounds as if Posh Yarn are going to be great. Can't wait for your photos.

    I love the new amulet bag. It's beautiful with the flower addition. Please include me in any draw for previous bags :)

    The sock is going to be great.

  • At 11:26 am, Blogger Minnieknits said…

    Re:amulet bags for Craft fair - how about some girly pink ones, maybe trimmed with eyelash with a small something inside for daughters/grandaughters? I'm always thinking in kiddy mode and I know Libby loves little bags and necklaces, I have box loads of the things to prove it!
    Looks like there's a few of us waiting in eager anticipation for your Posh Yarn order to come through!!

  • At 12:27 pm, Blogger Cherry Rolfe said…

    Hazel you are a tonic, always! What wonderful ideas you have - and you act on them. Inspirational!

  • At 7:03 pm, Blogger Marie said…

    Sorry for being so late, but I wanted to compliment you on Fitzgerald - it's very nice. And I'm looking forward to reading your assessment of the Posh yarn - I'm in the market for clapotis yarn (sob), so this looks very interesting.


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