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Hundertwasser socks and a bit more gocco printing

I haven’t had much knitting on the pages of this blog for a while.  It seems to be the winter when I do most of it, because of the long dark evenings when the light isn’t good enough for getting the colours right to create something with fabrics or paint.

This time I made another pair of socks out of some gorgeous Hundertwasser sock yarn by Opal which I bought in Abergavenny market a while ago.  Here they are in their colourful glory!

hundertwasser socks

I’m looking forward to wearing them through the cold weather….

I’ve also been doing some more Gocco printing this week, using a couple of screens I made to test some of the machines I’ve been selling.  This one is a crow which I drew using the Gocco pen and doodled inside to fill in the pattern of his feathers.  It is a small one which I’ve printed on lots of little cards and a few Moleskine notebooks.

little crow gocco prints

crow Gocco print on Moleskine notebook

I also printed one on this previously painted newspaper:


I’ve also stamped this at the bottom with a wall-shaped print block that I made from fun foam (great for making print blocks!). 

Today I printed an image of a cottage in the grounds of the slate mine we visited in North Wales in the summer but that will be the subject of my next post…

Swatch for SSS shawl

Here is the swatch for the Knitalong shawl which I am participating in:

swatch for shawl

It is rather larger than it should be but I’ve got plenty of yarn and I’m happy with the looseness so I think I’ll stick with the needle size, 3.5mm.  It is Jaggerspun Zephyr yarn.

Cobweb ring shawl

I did it – I blocked it!   Problem is, when I had blocked it, I saw all the mistakes I had made…. and also there was a hole in it, whether made by moths or rough treatment I’m not sure.  I think I can mend it – I’m certainly not going to unpick it after all this time, that’s for sure!!

Having said all that, I was ASTOUNDED at the difference it made to the shawl.  I am definitely going to block all lace stuff in the future.

Here is a corner of it pinned out on the floor – it was difficult to see the whole thing because of the colour of the sheet underneath which doesn’t provide enough contrast.

cobweb ring shawl being blocked

Here it is now it is dry:

ring shawl

Please ignore the state of my studio in the background – perfectly normal, I assure you!

I loved it when the light shone through it:

ring shawl with sun shining through

I found the pattern and a small ball of the yarn so I will be able to mend it with the same stuff.  It was a kit purchased from the Women’s Realm magazine, price £4.47, 71p per hank!  Golly.  6 hanks of Cobweb Shetland Wool from Messrs Jamieson and Smith of Lerwick in Shetland in 1985.  History!

Stupidly I don’t have any ‘before’ photos for you to compare it with….

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