In my last post, I mentioned some yarny shopping had taken place. Well some of it I did snap up before Christmas and it was precious stuff indeed. These two at the top here are Erika Knit British Blue Wool. A mear snip at over £5 for a 25g ball. Yes, just 25 grams, you did read correctly. Hence my only getting two balls.
You may think that've completely lost my marbles buying wool that pricey and maybe you are right, but you should have been there... The colours were all so, so gorgeous and all worked so wonderfully well together. There was even a little pair of mitts made up to show how fabulous it looked when knit up. You'd have to be made of steel not to have succumbed and quite frankly I'm amazed I managed to stop at two.
Colours: Pink (300), Natural (701)
These next ones are Lanas Stop Angora. Again, ridiculously expensive (£5+) but put one in your hand and you feel like you're holding a cloud! Only 10g per ball these ones, but as it's so fluffy and light the yardage was almost the same as the pure wool above.
The next question of course, is what to make with these darling balls. What would be worthy?
The first decision was quite easy. The British Blue Wool had been shown made up into little fingerless mitts in the shop and I loved them so much I didn't deviate too much from that idea. I just changed them to plain wrist warmers. I used Stripey Arms by Amoena, it's one I've used before and love so I was happy to knit it again.
The only tricky part was knowing when to stop. I wanted to get as much warmer as I could out of those tiny balls, so I knit one mitt from each end of the wool and kept going as long as I could!
The next decision was a little more difficult. I pondered on this one for a bit as I wasn't sure what would be best for the delicate and fluffy angora. In the end, would you believe it, I went for another pair of wrist warmers. Albeit a shorter, more cuff-y style pair. Such imagination I have, such range!
This time I based them on the fingerless glove pattern Prudence by Louisa Harding. I was actually inspired by this project by 'dimoni-' on Ravelry. She'd shortened hers down from fingerless mitts to an adorabel pair of cuffs and I thought that would work perfectly with my fluff.
I even added the little beads in too, although it's hard to see those through the haze. They are a little clearer in real life though.
They are very pretty and very sweet and very feminine and as such, not at all like me. But strangely I still feel that I can manage to pull them off, which naturally, just makes me love them all the more.