Hooray for Superglue!

Yes, I superglued the top of my thumb and it’s easier to use now – doesn’t keep catching on things and opening up again.  Well, they use medical superglue now so why not?

I’ve been working on my crochet top yoke. Knitted the back and then thought I’d better try to see if I could do the crochet neck bit before I went any further.  I admit it started a bit wobbly but by round 3, I’d got the hang of it and I don’t think you can tell whether it was meant to look exactly like this or not.  It’s not finished yet but here’s where I’ve got to so far..

Crochet neck yoke

Looks ok, I think. (It’s knitted in a sparkly cream yarn, double knitting, incase anyone is wondering.)

And now to my Snoopy. Like I said, he’s maybe not quite right yet but you can tell what he is meant to be, can’t you?  Next time, I’ll try making the head a bit bigger – I think that would make the difference.

Copyright 2013 Diane Stobbart

Copyright 2013 Diane Stobbart

Copyright 2013 Diane Stobbart

Copyright 2013 Diane Stobbart  

I’ll keep on with my crochet yoke top and let you see the finished version eventually.  I’m also working on a granny square blanket in Stylecraft Vision.  It’s a nice yarn that changes colour every so often – quite a few rows between changes though so I’ll see how it turns out.

I’ve also bought some cotton mix yarn to knit a dress.  Have one already that is good for holidays but found a pattern in a magazine lately that I quite liked so going to try it sometime. (I think it was Simply Knitting but will check if anyone wants to know.)

Have a few toys to fit in somewhere along the way as well… Hmmm, no wonder I don’t find time to blog. 🙂

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Chunky, Aran, Double Knitting…

Who thought of different thickness of yarn?

No, really…Who did and why? Was it a natural occurrence because the wool from sheep, llamas, alpacas or other animals actually has different thicknesses?

sheep

Or is it yet another human invention?
Did a lone knitter somewhere, perhaps in a damp hillside in Donegal or a sunny mountain top in Peru, suddenly think, “This is baaa’d”  (Sorry, pun intended!)
“I don’t like this wool – it’s too thin; I need something thicker so I will twist two lots of this together and make it thicker.”  Pause while some knitting goes on.  “Oh, but now it’s hard to knit… I know, I’ll make bigger, thicker needles too…. ahh, that’s better!”

Knitted

I have been a knitter for many years and, although I know that yarn was originally wool from sheep and other animals rather than the many varieties of man-made fibres that we have today, I have never heard anyone explain where the different thicknesses or weights come from.  Anyone know the history?