The weather has cooled down and I am able to knit again. You have no idea how I miss knitting. I have always worn glasses and as I get older I find that sewing at night time is just no good for my eyes. I end up with blurred vision and headaches. Not so with knitting. I can do that by feel.
I have now finished the shrug I started back at the beginning of the month. It isn't for now rather it's a Spring shrug. I think it would have been better if I had had another ball of silk. I would have liked the sleeves to be longer. This often happens when you buy kits from Asia. Asian women are a lot smaller than Western women. Still it will be a great piece right up to about Xmas. It took a bit of getting used to the 'lumps' in the yarn but they make a great effect.
I have a bit of a 'quest' on at the moment trying out Australian Artisan wool yarns. I have now started a shawl Called Nurmilintu by Heidi Alander. (The name comes from an old Finnish lullaby.) The pattern is a free download on Ravelry
I am using a new yarn from the Australian Wool Store. I bought the yarn from a show up at Toowoomba earlier this year and it is a hand dyed 50% merino and 50% silk and the colour is called 'faded roses'. I can't see an equivalent on their website but there is one that is merino, silk and nylon blend for $32. Mine cost me $40 for the hank. There are some delicious colours available and I want them all. But not yet. (I still think that Bendigo Woollen Mills have the best priced wool for everyday knitting.)
I had to make do with a couple of chairs to ball the wool because I couldn't find a spare pair of hands to help.
I am finding it quite nice to knit but the spinning isn't consistent and that annoys me. Still I will see what it looks like when I'm finished.