Still no Shetland wool but I do have another beanie

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.

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Kerry's picture

Hi Jesse, your beanie looks great. I found wool from Shetland took a week to get here, but with the 4 days Easter break that will slow things down. Enjoy it when it arrives.

grandcarriage's picture

It's beautiful. No one looking at it would find anything wanting. I can't imagine, myself, waiting for yarn. In my case it is more likely to be WADING through yarn.....


My 2cents, and I'm paying....

kiwiknitter's picture

Well, I must say that there is something to be said for having at least some stash around for emergencies like a long 4 day holidays! Of course, if NZ didn't send all the good wool abroad and left some good stuff here, it wouldn't be so difficult to find quality knitting wools!

Never trust a man who, when left alone in a room with a tea cozy, doesn't try it on.  ~Billy Connolly

Celowin's picture

I can't get the line "a rather seedy yarn shop in a rather seedy part of the city" out of my head. Somehow, I have the image of a swarthy man in a trenchcoat saying, "Hey, bud. You want to buy some... wool? I have the good stuff here."

That aside, the beanie looks great. I love the shade of red.

kiwiknitter's picture

LOL! It's not the worst part of the city but it's definitely not my favourite - sort of the "across the tracks" part of Christchurch. The shop is kind of creepy with a very odd selection of yarns. The owners used to wholesale yarns and now just sell-out the odds and sods. It's difficult to find enough of any dye lot to do a complete jumper. And then, there's all that acrylic yarn... Now that's seedy!

Never trust a man who, when left alone in a room with a tea cozy, doesn't try it on.  ~Billy Connolly

rmbm612's picture

Hi Jesse.......You did a great job. What weight yarn and what size needles were used to knit your beenie? Is the ribbing 3x3 on the body of the beenie? Think I'll try one for myself. I need a neighbor like yourself who needs yarn. I need to start working on using up my stash. There is a disadvantage of living in a metropolitan area that has so many yarn stores to choose where to spend one's money. Its appalling that a healthy chunk of NZ wool doesn't stay in NZ.

Hope your order arrives soon.