I went to another Yarn Tasting Evening at Stash Yarns yesterday. This one was for Lorna's Laces and was just as enjoyable as the first one in September. Dawn and Jill were there and several other knitters I hadn't met before, including blogger Ingrid from Tales of the knitty. The evening went by like a flash (natter, knit, natter, knit) and we all thoroughly approved of the yarns we swatched.
Swatch pic - clockwise from top left, Lion & Lamb (50% silk/50% wool), Shepherd Bulky (100% superwash wool), Shepherd Worsted (100% superwash wool), Swirl DK (85% merino wool/15% silk). Yarn pic (I was too busy talking to swatch these!) - left, Helen's Lace (50% silk/50% wool); right, Shepherd Sock (80% superwash wool/20% nylon).
I've knitted with Lion & Lamb before and can report that it's just as nice to work it with a hook as it is to knit. I really fell for the Shepherd Worsted though; it's soft, non-tickly against your skin and takes colour wonderfully. I bought two skeins in the Berry colourway to make a scarf. Isn't the colour glorious?
Kiri's finished! Blocked, it measures 85cm x 170cm and was such a lovely pattern to knit (thanks, Polly) that I'm sure I'll make it again. Also finished is a black silk scarf knitted in one strand of Tilli Tomas Rock Star and one strand of Anny Blatt Kanpur (thanks, Liz). I tried out several ideas, all of which proved far too complicated for the yarn, and finally settled for garter stitch which is reversible and shows off the beads really well. I love it; really glam!