Sunday, 31 May 2020

Summer of Gansey kal

All the ideas I had for the next blog post. I have photographs and yarn and bits for one of different types of spinning from top, but it's still not sorted through in my mind, so I'll continue to look at the little skeins hanging up on the creel for a while yet.

So - there's a gansey kal going on this summer, over at the Guernseys, Ganseys and Knit-frocks group on Ravelry. I have more than a few things already on the go*, but I joined in.

I discovered the Manx gansey a few years ago - there's one example in the Isle of Man museum, and when I contacted the museum for more information, they very kindly send me a scan of a pattern for the gansey. I've subsequently (with permission) uploaded that to Ravelry, as the book is long since out of print.



The pattern itself is slightly more elaborate than the photograph here, from the museum. This image shows a very plain gansey, mostly knitted in navy gansey-tytpe yarn, which looks to be naturally-dyed with indigo given the variation in colour. The sleeves are grey, which along with the repairs and hard-wear to the gansey itself, make me thing they are replacement sleeves when the original ones were worn and fraying.

There is ribbing from the upper waist upwards on the body leading straight into the neck, and for the top few inches on the sleeves. The cuffs, welt and collar are all in double rib, finished with a few rounds of stocking stitch.



I can't find an example of the pattern knitted up. There is some difference between the gansey photograph above and the pattern - there is no welt to the body, just straight into stocking stitch. The ribbing starts much higher on the body and there there are a few horizontal ribs between the stocking stitch and the double rib on the body and sleeves. I have found myself wondering if there was one another gansey in the museum once, which would explain the differences.

For the gansey kal I thought I'd knit this pattern exactly as written, insofar as it makes sense. The pattern gives a tension but no needle size or yarn. But 7sts to the inch/28sts to 10cm is a good gansey-type gauge, and would give a sweater of about 38". I'm planning to do a slightly looser gauge, which will be easier on my hands, a bit quicker, and give a bigger finished sweater.

This is my stash of gansey yarn (part of the general reorganisation shortly after I was put on furlough from work):

This is what the two smaller cones of the Frangipani Herring Girl Pink turned into:

I don't do pink. I got these four cones of pink Frangipani cheap a while ago, as they've been stored in daylight at some point, and faded. So on Thursday I wound it into four skeins of about 180g each and spent the afternoon layering up navy and teal-green to give me this sea colour. It would probably have been easier to dye the white up, but I did buy the pink to dye anyway, and I thought the pink would add a nice warmth under the blue-green, which indeed it has done.

It's after nine on Sunday night. I shall put the colourwork shawl in Millarochy Tweed aside for the time being (but not for long, there's a lot to do for it and it has to be finished soon) and play with needle sizes tonight.

Quick update on Monday morning - swatch to see how the 3mm needles work. This swatch has been washed with soap and cold water, dried and measured, and then chucked in a 30 degree wool wash with a sweater. It's snugged up slightly, and the new gauge will give a final sweater size of about 42". Which will of course go smaller with a hotter machine wash. Nice easy fabric to knit too.

*Things on the go: Mark's peacoat, which only needs sleeves and lining and buttons attached, but it's hot and he won't need it for months; aforementioned colourwork shawl for a Kate Davies Design challenge; weaving that needs to be finished and off the rigid heddle loom so I can put something else on it that i've been asked to do, but there's 300g of spinning to be done for that other thing too.

Saturday, 25 April 2020

Virtual Wonderwool - bunnies in jumpers!

These are all my lovely little bunnies in their handknitted jumpers. The bunnies themselves are safe for children with embroidered eyes and no hard parts, though they do squeak if squeezed. 

All are £20. Again, message me on FB or email freyalynn@yahoo.com with your email and I will respond with a final price  including postage and Paypal invoice. 

Bunny left wearing a rainbow sweater knitted from Shetland jumper-weight yarn NOW SOLD 
Right bunny is wearing a sweater knitted from natural-dyed bfl sockyarn. SOLD 


Both these bunnies are in handspun sweaters - on the left is my Away Wi' the Fairies SOLD, 
on the right is Northern Lights over dark grey Shetland. 



Both handspun again - on the left is cashmere in natural pale grey and dyed green, 
on the right is a yoke in Summer and the sweater in a Manx blend wool SOLD. 

Both these sweaters are knitted from handspun merino d'Arles wool dyed green and embroidered with Shetland yarn. 

All handspun again, a scrap of yellow wool and grey Shetland on the left, 
and indigo-dyed blue and madder orange on the right SOLD.

Slightly bigger bunny this time, but still child-friendly. This one's sweater is in my Flamingo colourway sock yarn. 

Virtual Wonderwool - fibre

All fibre in 100g braids unless stated otherwise. Postage will be calculated on total weight - please message me on FB or email freyalynn@yahoo.com, including your email, with the fibre you'd like and I will email you back with a total price and a paypal invoice. 

Northern Lights, Polwarth/merino blend, £16 SOLD 

Full Circle (300g), white bfl silk, £48

Away Wi' The Fairies gradient, oatmeal bfl, £15 NOW SOLD 

Away Wi' The Fairies, oatmeal bfl silk x 1, £16 each  BOTH SOLD 

Away Wi' The Fairies, pale grey Shetland, £14

Away Wi' The Fairies, white bfl silk x 1, £16 each  ONE SOLD 

Dryad gradient, oatmeal bfl, £15

Dryad, grey Shetland £14, white bfl £15

Falling Leaves gradient,
 pale grey Shetland £14 NOW SOLD
 Exmoor Blueface £12

Pinewood, top Manx £14
(lower one sold)

Apple, oatmeal bfl x 1, £14 each  ONE SOLD 

October gradient,
pale grey Shetland NOW SOLD
 oatmeal BFL, both £14

Spring Green, white Shetland, £14

Birchbark, white bfl, £14

Oakleaf, top Merino d'Arles NOW SOLD,
left Devonia blend, bottom Arbon sock blend, £14 each 

Oak King, oatmeal bfl and white bfl, £15 each  BOTH NOW SOLD 

Oak Leaf, Manx, £14

Thistle, left gradient Dorset Horn £14, right Suffolk £13

Sea Glass, white Polwarth, £15
grey Polwarth, SOLD 

Sea Glass gradient, oatmeal bfl, £15

Faerie Spring, left Zwartbles blend, right oatmeal bfl, £15 each 

Faerie spring gradient, white Polwarth, £15

Fine alpaca, £9 each 

Fine alpaca, £9 each

Fine alpaca £9 each 

Baby alpaca, £10 each 

Grey alpaca (lovely fibre, slightly felted) £8 each

 Fine Shetland fleece, £8

 Kerry Hill fleece, £7 each ONE SOLD 
Jacob shearing fleece, £8 each TOP TWO SOLD 

Down-type fleece, £4

Littleheart gradient, pale grey Shetland, £14

Kingfisher, left white bfl silk £16, right Devonia blend £14

Peacock
white bfl silk £16 SOLD 
pale grey Shetland £14

Full Circle (each 300g), oatmeal bfl silk £48, Exmoor Blueface £42

Hellebore, lower left Devonia blend £14
OTHERS SOLD 

Fisher Blue, white bfl, £15 (lower one is gradient)

Festival, top white bfl silk £16, lower oatmeal bfl £15


Northern Lights
 top Romney £13 SOLD 
bottom Arbon sockblend £14

Copper, Southdown, £14

Macaw, pale grey Shetland £14

Vivien, top oatmeal bfl £14, bottom Dorset Horn £13

Goldmine, Exmoor Blueface, £14

Solstice, bottom Dorset Horn £14
TOP ONE SOLD 

Selkie, left oatmeal bfl £15 NOW SOLD
right Dorset Horn £14

Rivendell, page grey Shetland £14

Pinewood, Dorset Horn x 2, £14 each 

Pinewood, 
top oatmeal bfl SOLD 
lower right pale grey Shetland £14
lower left Exmoor Blueface £14 

Peacock, oatmeal bfl, £15 each 

Peacock
white bfl silk £16 NOW SOLD 
pale grey Shetland £14 NOW SOLD 

Solstice gradient, oatmeal bfl, white Shetland, £14 each 

True, top oatmeal bfl silk £15, left oatmeal bfl £14, right page grey Shetland £14

Goldmine, one gradient, both Exmoor Blueface, £14 each 

Gold, white Shetland, £12 each 

Dewi, white bfl, £12

Festival, white Shetland £13

Vivien gradient, oatmeal bfl, £14 NOW SOLD 

 Macaw, white bfl, £14

Dragonfly, white bfl silk, £16 SOLD