Monday, July 31, 2006

Superfine Merino

I knitted this on my SK830(Fine Gauge) machine. I used 4 strands of 2/48's and 2 strands of 2/60. Three different colours. The yarn has a super handle, soft and smooth. The yarn is also 11 years old! All it has done is sit on my shelves all this time. It has not deteriorated at all. I haven't had it 11 years but that is it's date of manufacture.

I have used my now usual set in sleeve style. I knit a 'half raglan' for set in sleeves. I find it fits the best and looks the best. I have tried nurmerous times to use a more convential curved sleeve head but do not like the result.


lou said...

Very nice sweater Colin!
You'd think 11 years old is old? I have some yarn in my stash that is
much older than that and, believe me, it still knits up beautifully! And
none of my knits are falling apart...

peggy said...

I have hundreds of pounds of yarn in my stash - my youngest commercial
yarn is about 11 years old....and my youngest handspun is at least 5
years old! ;-)
Old yarn never dies, it just waits for inspiration to hit its owner!

Nat said...

I'd love to feel that one Colin. It looks real nice! And over to my favorite color range, too!

Cat said...

Hi Colin
Really nice looking sweater! Good to know old wool isn't garbage.

Barb said...

Great looking sweater. Just goes to prove"don't throw anything away".

Michael said...

Colin,, You are absolutely talented. It ia a wonderful gift and I am so happy that you share your work with us. It gives us all something to strive for, excellence. And your well-aged yarn looks great too.

Mell said...

Very nice sweater Colin, indeed. I like the coloring in it. I'm interested in the sleeve you put in. It's somewhat like a saddle shoulder sweater but wider at the armhole edge, right? Really neat idea.

Lynne said...

Hi Colin: Wow, another beautiful sweater. So hot here I'm going to hide inside and do some knitting. I have a blue a little like that, maybe I will swatch it.

Iris said...

Oh Colin,

When will I get this good? Ever?

I still get sweaters that are too big, or too small, or too tight
around the neck, or some wonky color combination that looked great on
the skein, but when made up - ugh!

Move to Florida, USA and bring your dear one and your pups. Please?

Pat said...

What a beautiful mix of colors! How do you come up with these great combinations? Do you just swatch with different combos until you find one that tickles your fancy? Do you sometimes purchase colors with the thought in mind that you will be mixing them together? It amazes me that you can picture in your mind ahead of time what the mix will look like. Lots of experience, I bet!

Carol said...

Another nice sweater, Colin, but I think I can beat you on the age of the yarn.....

I acquired several bags of yarn recently and decided to try out some of it. Well, some had to be thrown but the rest appears to knit up OK. It is mostly wool and wool mixes, but it has been weighed in Ounces and the phone number on one of the cones is 0572 XXXXXX rather than 01572 XXXXXX, so it must be a few years old!

Anonymous said...

love your sweaters Colin really inspires me would like if you could please let us know how to do a semi raglin they look like the ones they do in the fashon sweaters the very expensive ones, so pretty please.

Anonymous said...

Nice jumper Colin. You do such a nice job. I love the colour.

Don't worry I have yarn in my cupboard older than that !!!

Dot said...

Hi Colin,

As usual your sweater is beautiful. You have such a marvelous knack of
combining yarns and colors. Thanks for sharing.

Sheila said...

Another beaut sweater, Colin! I can't believe you knitted this on a Fine
Gauge with 6 strands of yarn!!! Have to admit that I have never met a 2/60s
yarn, it must be really fine.

But hey, that's not REALLY old yarn - it is only nicely matured I
have some that I brought here from the UK in 1972 - Shetland yarn, spun in
oil. Don't know what to do with it as it really doesn't suit this climate.
(Although perhaps now that I am getting oldER, I can wear it. When I first
came out, I brought with me a lovely outfit I had knitted in a fine Shetland
yarn (actually bought in Scotland) which had knitted trousers. I put it on
one winter's day and by lunch time I was climbing the walls because the
temperature had gone up to around 20C and the Shetland yarn was making my
legs itch like mad. That was the last time I wore anything made with
Shetland yarn and I have never bothered to knit up what is in my stash. Any
suggestions as to what I could do with it now? The oil would have kept the
moths out, but whether it is worth knitting after all this time is

Good luck with your dog show on 6th August - I really admire you being able
to show your dogs yourself in spite of your handicap. You obviously have a
LOT of guts - keep fighting it and hopefully they will come up with a cure
or way of keeping it at bay forever.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for the schematic -----------
Colin, you are a superb knitter --------- I enjoy seeing all of your new creations, and marvel at your beautiful workmanship.
I never miss your blog ----------- knowing of your background, how you have overcome it --- and the inspirational messages of hope that you have posted for others is equally or even more talented than your knitting.
You are such an asset to our knitting lists ------------

kathy said...

> Wow, Colin--I am so amazed at your talent! And I cannot imagine
using 6 strands of yarn at the same time--the most I've used is 4, and
THAT was difficult! (if I turned my back, all the yarn tried to
ttangle up in a birds' nest--LOL!)
I still hope you will one day come to the U.S to give all your devoted
fans a seminar!