Thursday, 25 January 2018

Colour Bomb Knitting

I've been on a yarn diet over the past year, trying to dutifully knit from the stash, but when I saw this colour-bomb yarn over on Etsy I knew it had to be mine! Its hand-dyed 4ply sock yarn in the colourway 'Sherbert Rainbow' dyed by Kate Selene. Luckily you can request for the skein to be wound into a ready-to-knit from ball, which saves time winding it up yourself - bonus!

I decided that a colourful pair of long, fingerless mitts are what I need for Spring 2018, cast on the required number of stitches onto my bamboo dpns and off I went...

The yarn is a joy to knit with and I've finished one mitt and have cast on for the other. Its been fun seeing how the colour striping works out when knitted in the round and I'm happy to report that there's been no obvious pooling of colour, unlike other yarns I've knitted with.

Before starting on the mitts, I wanted a lazy knit to do over Christmas, where I could knit in front of the telly without having to count rows, patterns, stitches etc. Delving into the stash I found a bag of yarn that I brought from a car boot sale years ago. I can remember being surprised at finding it, as its quality yarn and I think cost me under a fiver. I decided to knit a simple cowl with this DK yarn, knitting with two strands simultaneously on 6.5mm needles as I wanted a heavier knit than the usual DK texture. 

Like the previous yarn, this is also from an indie yarnie and one that's local to me too: May Hill Gotlands. I've cribbed the below quote from their website, because they describe it far better than me:

"We produce wool, sheep skins and woolly creations from our flock of Gotland and Gotland cross Blue Faced Leicester sheep that graze within sight of May Hill, the famous landmark near Newent, Gloucestershire. This Viking breed originated about 1000 years ago on the Island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea, off the Swedish coast. It is becoming increasingly popular because of the high quality, beautiful wool it produces. The lambs are born black but turn grey/silver as they mature. The young coats are silky, curly and, to quote Tolkien "like dusk silver as water under stars".  Gotland wool was even chosen to make the Magic Elvin coat in the film The Lord of the Rings".

Now doesn't that make you want to knit with it?

I'm glad that I had this project on the go as I fell ill with a lurgy over Christmas and ended up recovering whilst bingeing on Amazon's Outlander series and mindlessly knitting. I soon noticed that my cowl with its undyed yarn looked similar to the knits used by Outlander's costume department, so I've nicked named it the 'Fraser Clan Cowl'!


  1. Both knitting yarns look absolutely wonderful and warm

    Julie xxxxxxx

  2. Such contrasting projects, but both equally ace. That colour bomb yarn is so cheerful.

  3. I seriously love that colour bomb yarn! My Mum knitted a jumper for me back in the 70s, which looked a bit like your mitts. Your cowl looks very cozy, and isn't it amazing that the wool was produced locally? xxx

  4. Gorgeous knits. I love the colour bomb yarn. I've just treated meself to a big, fat yarn order and it felt gooood! I'm in the middle of my second hat and taken an order for a third. Get me! Then it's a big chunky blanket and then it's on to a sweater. Loving th eknitting I am. Next time I come to Stroud it will be off to Bluestocking!xxx

  5. Love the colour bomb yarn! Just the thing to brighten up a grey January.

  6. What lovely yarns. I love the rainbow one. It is so colourful. Being a big cowl fan your grey one looks fab. Thanks for the info on the sheep. I am glad that such an old breed is still being raised. Xx


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