Boot toppers

I love wool

I love wool!

While the River Pebbles cowl is queuing for washing, another quick and fun project has been turned into a FO.

Furry Welly (Boot) Toppers

Furry Welly (Boot) Toppers

These Furry Welly Toppers will come handy in wintery times, and although I don’t own a pair of wellies myself, they will be used on my other boots. More info about the knitting kit is on the Ravelry project page linked above. The yarn is pure British wool, a tribute to Wovember.

Furry Welly Toppers kit by Erika Knight

Furry Welly Toppers kit by Erika Knight

To sew them up I will use the kitchener stitch, so I can practice it.

I am planning more small projects: it’s fun to see a result within days, gives variety of knitting and prevents WIPs going into hibernating state  🙂

Recently I have practiced a healthy stash enhancement exercise, which lead to a wide variety of vintage yarn (mostly pure wool) to play with in my projects – a few gratuitous images, just because… The next, though, will have to be some stash tiding up!

Bernat Astrakhan vintage wool

Woollybear Yarns Wool Bouclé cool gray Woollybear Yarns Wool Bouclé yellow

Samsyco DK Wild Rice Samsyco DK moss green

Bellmans Chunky Crepe blue Twinfold DK purple

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River Pebbles

At the moment I don’t feel like working on complex projects. Although I still love my Thistle WIP, I casted on a new work. The air is getting cooler, Christmas is approaching, thus it’s a great idea to work on small and quick knits… don’t you agree?

I’ve already winded some of my skeins in yarn cakes, which will make it easier to start a small project on the go. The first that I put to use is a BFL yarn from Skein Queen: Tweedore in River Pebbles.

The River Pebbles project is a small-sized cowl, the pattern is Tina-ease Cowl by Tina Turner, in the 4 ply (fingering) version. I’ll probably do 3 repeats, but see how it grows – ideally, it should sit snuggly around the neck.

My River Pebbles WIP

Skein Queen Tweedore in River Pebbles River Pebbles with real pebbles from my trips

Rowan Colourscape Chunky in Frosty

Rowan Colourscape Chunky in Frosty

Rowan Colourscape Chunky in Frosty

Fur Wool & Maxi Wool by Eirka Knight, kit for Welly Toppers

Fur Wool & Maxi Wool by Eirka Knight, kit for Welly Toppers

Fur Wool & Maxi Wool by Eirka Knight, kit for Welly Toppers

The Bowmont and Lincoln Longwool I ordered has just arrived… it definitely smells sheepy!!! It’s in its raw fleece state and needs thorough cleaning – I will have to be very careful not to felt the wool in the process. Bowmont is a very rare sheep, the result of a careful breeding selection that lasted years and there are only a few flocks in the world (all in the UK). The staple is approx 14-15 micron – I’m no expert, but apparently this is an exceptional quality. You can read more about their story on Devon Fine Fibres.

Bowmont sheep, photo from Devon Fine Fibres

Bowmont fleece_Devon Fine Fibres

Bowmont sheep and fleece, photos from Devon Fine Fibres

Bowmont raw fleece

Bowmont raw fleece

Lincoln Longwool is another rare British sheep. You can visit the official site for the Lincoln Longwool sheep breeders association to read more about it and for some cute sheepy pictures 🙂

Lincoln sheep

Lincoln sheep, photo from The Pagan Homesteader website

Lincoln Longwool raw fleece

Lincoln Longwool fleece, the locks are approx 30-32 cm long unstretched (!)

Oh, my recent trend of buying vintage has continued, but more on that soon 🙂