Last week, Anne Hanson was the speaker at the Rochester Knitting Guild. It got me excited about lace knitting again. However, I am not letting myself get started on one of her beautiful designs until I finish one UFO. In itself it is really great- however I am a little tired of it.
We went to New Zealand several years ago. Knowing they have more sheep than people, I packed lightly so I could bring back yarn. The first yarn I bought was on the North Island in Rotorua at the Agrodome.
After the Wool Show, I could do nothing but buy yarn. It was beautiful, soft 2-ply yarn – enough for a wonderful sweater. Later in the trip, we visited a wool farm with colored sheep (unusual in NZ) on the Otago Peninsula
outside of Dunedin on the South Island.
They sold yarn spun from their own wool. Again, I had to buy after meeting the sheep. When we got home, I used the colored yarn first to make a sweater for my husband.
I used a pattern from Debbie Bliss Traditional Knitting, one of my all time favorites. Then I started on mine, got the back and fronts done and put it down for about a year. Well, I want the sweater for this winter – so I am on the last sleeve. The pattern is from the same book.
I am on the last sleeve – only three more increases. Then the saddles for the shoulders, the front band, and I’m DONE!!! Then I can get on with one of Anne Hanson’s beautiful lace scarfs.
By the way – New Zealand is a wonderful place. Visit when you can!!