The parcel from the Shetland Islands still hasn’t arrived with my new knitting wool and I couldn’t go without knitting something. I found this pattern in the back part of a rather seedy yarn shop in a rather seedy part of the city and figured that I could practice stranded knitting on a small but practical project. The pattern is by Peter Gregory of Gregory Kassapian and Partners in the UK. I used a knitting wool made right here on the South Island of New Zealand (Dunedin) called “Rainbow” which I have to say is really nice to work with. It has a nice “spring” to it and is soft to touch. The white ended up a bit whispy so the contrast of the pattern is a bit distorted; the burgundy is colour-fast so no need to wash first. I enjoyed the stranded knitting and found that my technique is improving. Gauge/tension is the real difficulty for me. I think that it took more time to knit just the 2-colour band than to knit the entire rest of the beanie.
I hope my parcel from Jamieson & Smith arrives soon – I can’t possibly do another beanie! Traveling in and out of the Shetland Islands at this time of year can be very difficult; I’m hoping it’s not been delayed by rough weather.