Ming Blue from Utiku

My Ming Blue

Finished and I love my Ming – 100% Pure Wool (Perendale) from The Wool Company, south of Taihape. As you can see the buttons are still not on. My LYS couldn’t match the blue, shade nuances are infinite in any colour and this blue is no exception. Raewyn suggested trying a contrast like a leather brown button. I’ll go back and have another squiz.

Couldn’t resist posting a pic or two – I do like my Ming, made from a vintage pattern circa 1950’s.

Simone is heading South for a holiday in a few weeks and is working hard to get her chunky knit jacket finished in time to take with her. It’s getting close to summer here but NZ can get sudden cold snaps anytime of the year. 4 years in the making, this WIP will no doubt give Simone a great deal of satisfaction when it’s finally done.

Flat Feet – this novelty is knitting up rather cool. Karen picked her ‘kit’ up at Knitting Pretty in Karori.

What is ‘Flat Feet’? you may well be wondering. It’s a new concept in sock knitting? There are no skeins, no balls, no tangles–and it’s portable. You simply unravel as you knit. You do not wind the flat into a ball, knit as it’s presented into the sock of your choice. It’s creative, fun and easy.

Because each flat is hand-painted, no other pair will match the flats; these are “art socks”, one-of-a-kind. The unique colour pattern develops as the flat is knit. It’s literally a colour transformation at the needle tip. Depending the pattern selected, the colours may yield diagonal colours, slight striping, or even bold colour.

Uniquely, the colours in the blank will not disclose the final result of the sock; it only indicates the colours that will be found within the sock. Your needles drip colour as you, the artist, create socks that are uniquely your own. 80% Superwash Merino/20% Nylon. Size 2-3 US needles recommended.

Sunny side up – Raewyn’s shawl is growing by the second. The yarn gradiance colour is changing into the pink tones, it’ll be interesting to see the effect.

The beginnings of picot for a 4 ply picot edged baby’s cardigan – Lyndsay’s WIP. This is a delightful pattern and the picot edge makes this straight forward plain card into something special.

Picot edging is easy as to work and can be applied to almost any garment to zoosh it up (Early Arrivals book No.2 by Sirdar).

Another sock made and modeled by Karen.

Kobe is the iKnit Bouncer – he stands at the door to welcome and farewell knitters in with a bark (or 4). In between rows Wendy can be relied upon to dish out a bit of TLC to the pooch.

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If you enjoy knitting on your own you’ll love knitting in a group with other keen knitters – it’s so much fun and inspiring sharing the experience…so don’t stay at home and knit alone, come and join the fun! (see Contact tab for details) :)

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