Wool Maker Lane

knitting, spinning and life with alpacas

Work in progress

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This has been one of those weeks when it has been hard to focus on any one particular activity which means that while I have been busily chipping away at projects nothing has actually been completed which is a bit of a shame but as long as I keep working away progress is being made.

I am still beavering away on Bert’s fleece, which is still as beautiful as ever and will be bound for a knitter in France very shortly.


I have been working away on these Solidago Socks which have been designed by Mary Jane Mucklestone.  They are really beautiful but I have to pay such close attention for a number of reasons

a: this is the first pair of socks that I have knitted on four needles

b: I am fairly new to intarsia although I am really enjoying the challenge.

In making these socks I have learned quite a lot about myself; mainly that I am not a good pattern follower and I like to go ‘off piste’ when I think that I can get away with it.  I did come a cropper while doing some of the shaping as I realised that there was a difference between some of the American knitting terminology and U.K./ Irish knitting terms.  But I got over that and as you can see I am plodding on in an effort to make a pair soon.


Back to mittens: now I’m in my comfort zone.  I have been making another pair of mitts with a family tree design on the front.  The wool is by Tivoli and the colour really is my favourite.  The second one is on the needles and I am getting through it quite quickly which really is the joy of working with aran weight yarn.

Author: woolmakerlane

I live in a small cottage in rural Ireland with my family. We care for two lively alpacas and two sedentary cats. I love all things "textile" but particularly knitting aran patterns and spinning my alpaca's wool.

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