Friday, August 17, 2007

As Requested...

Well, as I said in my last post I've been responsible for the Wool Department in work the last few weeks and have had large deliveries to put away. Normally the official Wool Lady does this but she's on holiday which means I'm left in charge - ooh er!!

I arrived today armed with my camera to get some photos as requested only to find there had been 5 more huge bags of wool delivered and there were 3 more still to be unpacked. As if that wasn't enough work to contemplate the boss decided we should move all the DK weight yarns to the same area. And of course by 'we' I really mean 'me'!! I didn't escape the wool all day I was that busy shifting things. I don't know if the orders were doubled up or not but there were insane mountains of cheap acrylic DK - still a big seller with our little old charity knitters - most of which were doubled up. I did enjoy myself once I'd figured out where everything should go and was bemused when the Sirdar rep arrived and as I had armfuls of wool at the time dealt with me! Thankfully nothing more complicated than a new shade book and new posters to display but exciting none the less! Naturally the old shade book is sat here with me to peruse before being passed on to my knitting group to study.
So here's the finished result of anothers day hard labour in the wool dept!

From L to R - Click Chunky, Blur, something from Wendy with alpaca in it,
Wendy Fusion and Peru Naturals (that actually smells woolly!!)



The DK Aisle! - including the new Click DK and Twillies Freedom Spirit
and leading to the rainbow of acrylic DK!


I also hinted in the last post that I might at long last have an FO to share with you and so I have - can you tell what it is yet?!



For those in the know it's obviously another of Elizabeth Zimmermann's Baby Surprise Jackets in its 'before' mode. And here it is 'after'!



The girls had fun at my knitting night trying to figure how it all came together after I finished casting off and were all suitably impressed with the cleverness of the pattern. Obviously I haven't sewn the buttons on yet but Emily has worn it and does like it. DH is trying to train her to say 'Surprise' whilst wearing it and so it's of course known as the Surprise Jacket to little Emily as well!

I love the pattern! I really really do! This only used 144g (weighed on the kitchen scales!) of leftover DK acrylic that was in the stash - not my favorite but with messy Emily a god send really and simple to wash. I was even tempted with the thought of making a rainbow one - all I need is a decent blue and orange and I think I know where I can get those from! But first I want one for myself! And then Emily really needs a Tomten Jacket and another of EZ's fantastic patterns - do you know, I loved the patterns before knitting them. But now having actually knitted one up I'm even more in love with them all - EZ was truly a genius with her patterns and I want to knit more of them!! I can see an obsession coming on!!

Right, I'm going to try and find the buttons for this and try to crack on with finishing something else namely my Devon socks - only inches to go!!

Edited to add: The girls in work though I was mad taking pictures of the wool but one of them has decided that this is what happens when you start knitting with four needles!

22 comments:

Jo said...

Just seen somebody else casting on a surprise jacket, yours looks great kath, great combo of colours!

Seahorse said...

Oooh, all that yarn! Lovely!

The Suprise Jacket is gorgeous. Really interesting to see the 'before' pic too!

Queen of the froggers said...

The jacket is lovely!

Sarah said...

Yey! thanks for the work pics.

Yur BSJ is really lovely, great colours. I didn't guess from the before pic, it's so clever.

Caroline M said...

It looks lovely, I especially like that dark purple in it. It took me eight days to get to putting the buttons on mine, it's just a pity that you can't knit them in somehow.

Mrs J said...

Why not take pictures of yarn? The jacket is lovely - I will knit one soon!

Craftydramaqueen said...

I love your BSJ. I am waiting for the extra yarn I bought so I can finish my first one. I love the stripes, they have come out very well.
Thanks for my award :D

Riggwelter said...

Oh you have such a wonderful job!!

The surprise jacket is gorgeous, I have been thinking about knitting something for Ollie, this may be it!

A lovely combination of colours, a rainbow one sounds great.

Artis-Anne said...

It did turn out well and I love the bit you told me about Emily choosing the bluey purple shade !!. Yikes don't let me loose in the shop the Peru yarn sounds lovely; think I should start saving now :)

Helen said...

Ooh, look at all that wool! You should have piled it all up on the floor and rolled around in it!

Great jacket!

Artis-Anne said...

You have another award:) check my blog

Piglottie said...

Oh my word, all that yarn! I've heard good things about the Sirdar Click. Your Baby Surprise Jackets is so cute!

Badger said...

Nice BSJ there, and there's nothing wrong with taking photos of walls of yarn :)

acrylik said...

Love all that yarn! But if you're anything like me you come home from work without any wages left at the end of each month, especially when new craft stuff comes in ;)

Love the Surpise jacket, that is ingenious :)

clarabelle said...

Lovely yarn photos and the BSJ looks good in those colours!

I feel so much better now having read your post about the dreaded acrylic. Yes, it's dead easy to wash (good for little kiddies and also 32-year-old daughters who won't handwash), but it is rather uninspiring to knit with.

And you're extremely brave to work in the Wool Dept. Is your house remortgaged?

Christina said...

thanks for the award!! I love the cardigan, I must get round to knitting one of those for my messy littl'un!!

cyndy said...

What a great BSJ! The before and after pictures are great....I am just starting a BSJ for a friends newborn, and your before picture is giving me hope that I am on the right track!

artyfartykat said...

Woo-hoo! Yarny yarn pics! Thank you!! The shelves look fab! Bet you spend your wages before you get them!!
I love the BSJ! I'm trying to find a baby to knit one for! I'd quite like to have a go at one for myself too! They seem a brill way to use up all that stash stuff.
Congrats on your well deserved awards too.

yvette said...

I love your BSJ and the photos of your yarn at work, very pretty.

RoxyKnits said...

I would never have guessed a surprise jacket! I still can't quite get my head round how it all goes together....

All that yarn - do you get upset when someone tries to buy it LOL?

Riggwelter said...

hee hee thanks for your comment on my blog. As the saying goes, if you don't ask, you don't get!

so firstly, yes, the stainless steel is really metal, very, very thin, (thread like!)surrounded in wool.

with the other threads it is much easier to knit with, if it was knitted on its own it probably would stand, but with the extra weight of the embroidery threads, it won't, but if it's scrunched up it holds it's shape.

as for the silly questions : yes, probably!

Knittings Nice! said...

Oh all that suqishable yarn...sighs...nice knitted jacket...great colours.