Further Stash Upgrade

Then there’s the small matter of my discovering Kingscraig Fabrics on eBay.

Chunky cone in Antique Red
Chunky cone in Antique Red

First I tried the chunky weight. I’m thinking that this stuff is cheap enough for the forthcoming Girasole blanket at only £13 or so a cone.

The yarn is oiled and quite hard on the hands to knit with, but it washes up nicely – it’s 100% lambswool.

The colour did run considerably – but you get what you pay for, right?

Aran weight in Sea Green
Aran weight in Sea Green

Happy enough with that purchase, I sent for some aran weight – for comparison purposes. This too is lambswool.

I chose Sea Green, which is a flecked colour (that was a surprise) and I intend to make my Rivulet cardi from this. I’m hoping that there are 1,800 yards on this cone (also £13 ish) and that I’ll get the whole garment out of it. I need… 1,260.

Most likely I shall skein and wash this before I knit my Rivulet. This is mainly because I find the smell of the oil gets up my nose a bit and makes me sniffle.

Finally, I succumbed again today and have some 4ply lambswool/silk coming. Well – I should do thorough testing before recomemnding a vendor, do you not think?

If you want to give them a whirl – they are here http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Kingcraig-Fabrics Postage charges are extremely fair. Kingscraig Fabrics are based in Brora.

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Bare Naked

Bare Naked

We are home again, after a month-long trip away. A trip during which I completely failed to get my laptop out. It was good to come home. We were driving along, close to Le Dorat at the time, when I felt that “aren’t we fortunate to live in such a lovely part of France” feeling washing over me. I had a sudden urge to invite all my friends to come and stay and to shareContinue readingBare Naked

A Month in France: Nothing is Lost

A Month in France: Nothing is Lost

I am lagging on the Month in the Country prompts, and lagging badly at that. I have a list of prompts t be caught up on and I shall be working my way through them here, or at Scattered Thoughts depending on where the post most naturally sits. I have elected to tackle the prompts not in date order necessarily but to seize upon prompts that offer me space in which to write down the things that I am feeling the need to say. Even if I need to crowbar it in. The thing is, I am going to continue to be short of time and space in which to write and so a two-for-one is useful and I hope to do as many of those as I can. Seems like a plan? … Continue readingA Month in France: Nothing is Lost

Recent movements of the: Deux Escargots

October 22, 2020 at 01:21PM

Ah, the windy highway. The last time we came down here our awning blew open… Thankfully it’s not even close to being that windy today. Phew. Not so good now that the tolls have been removed and there are HGVs to contend with. A bit macho, your Spanish lorry driver.. #livereportingfromtheroad #Spain #autumn2020

October 22, 2020 at 12:22PM

Rather a different day today but still warm, with 24 degrees expected by the time that we reach Ribamar. Those Happy Hour beers will be tempting. Shopped this morning before leaving, to find the Christmas Turron had arrived overnight. I confess; we spent an inordinate amount on Turron and chocolate. #livereportingfromtheroad #Spain #autumn2020