Friday, October 18, 2013

Pirate cap

Have just finished this small cap for my grandson because he likes pirates but think it could also be suitable for an older boy because it is a bit querky and perhaps could even be considered 'cool.' This pattern is small as written but suggest using larger needles for an adult size cap or perhaps adding an extra 14 sts to allow for an extra pattern repeat. Make note of the errors in the pattern - 8 repeats; K 28 sts between markers. Used 8ply wool with 3.4mm needles for 1x1rib and 4mm circular needles for body of cap. Pattern is 14 sts x 11 rows.

Also finished this lace cowl and beret for a gift for a friend.

And used the first of my newly acquired wool stash that I bought last week at Australian Country Spinners mill shop, for a charity knit for an older child Free pattern on the right of this post as Child's Vest.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Supporting Australian Made

Have just returned from a trip to Melbourne and stopped off on the way at the Wangaratta Woollen Mills shop. With the Bendigo Woollen Mill this is the only other woollen mill left so really needs support or it will disappear. They are finding it difficult, like many Australian manufacturers, because of the competition from cheap overseas products that flood the market, particularly synthetic yarns.  Under the name of Australian Country Spinners they manufacture quality products under the label of Cleckheaton, Patons and other brands. 

This is some of the quality wool that I bought. These end of run packs are sold at $30 per kilo which is an absolute bargain. This is all 8ply/dk wool and will be used mainly for children's jumpers for my charity knitting. So if you have the chance make sure you stop off at Wangaratta but mainly remember just to continue to buy Australian Made wool and give imported products the boot!

Australian Country Spinners
Wangaratta Mill Shop