Team Kiwi

The official blog of the New Zealand Olympic Knitting team.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

training exercises

(First, my apologies for the crummy photos - my digital camera takes really bad close-ups and night shots!)

My beautiful soft merino wool arrived on Friday so I set aside some time on the weekend to get the feel of it and my new dpns through knitting up a gauge swatch like a good person.

Here is the hank all balled up and ready to start (don't know why it looks so blue in this shot.)

Here is my swatch after I finished it last night - you can't really see it very well, but I love the way the pattern comes out, subtle but neat. The needles are a dream to use. I was a bit worried about the small size, but they're really smooth, and the length is just right. If these socks turn out okay it's going to be really hard to give them up!

And finally an awful shot of the blocked swatch. It's slightly out but nothing blocking the hell of it won't fix ;) The yarn was so deliciously soft to wash, buttery like silk.

Now I can't wait to start - coverage of the opening ceremony starts at 7:45am on Saturday!


At 1:53 PM, Blogger Sarah said...

oooh, where's the yarn from?

At 9:09 PM, Blogger octopusgrrl said...

It's from The Wool Company in Taihape - they have some lovely yarns on their website. I also got some of their multicoloured 8ply in Gelato for my Secret Pal, although I've very tempted to keep it for myself, it's so pretty!

At 11:31 PM, Blogger Donna said...

Oh, you won't believe this, but I recently bought that exact same yarn!! It's soooo pretty, and it's MINE. :-D I plan to make socks from it, and am hoping to get 2 pairs out of the hank. Of course, I may decide it's too pretty for socks...

At 4:15 PM, Blogger octopusgrrl said...

hee, that's awesome - I think if these socks work out okay I might just be forced to buy more yarn from them :)


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