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Denman Island, British Columbia, Canada
Jean Cockburn retired from her professional career as an academic librarian in 2008 to become a textile artist living on Denman Island, British Columbia. She draws, quilts, embroiders, knits and crochets, makes wearable art, weaves baskets, dyes fabric, and paints watercolours. Her work has been exhibited locally in juried and group shows on Denman Island, in Courtenay, Comox, and Duncan on Vancouver Island, in West Vancouver, and across Canada with the Surface Design Association.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

My birthday swift and Malabrigo lace yarn

My sweet husband has given me a swift for facilitating the winding skeins of yarn into balls. For some reason the best yarns seem to only come in skeins, so for years I have been arranging skeins over the back of two chairs and using my handy ball winder. Now I have this wonderful device.

The yarn on the swift is Malabrigo Lace, the finest merino wool from Uruguay. I am going to knit a sweater for myself; the Hannah Fetig design "Featherweight Cardigan".

And for once I am doing a swatch, as I have finally learned that haste makes waste, and I need to know this sweater will fit. I started using a 4mm Adi Turbo circular needle, as I just adore Adi Turbo needles. But interestingly enough, they were too slippery for the fine yarn, and the 4mm bamboo needle that I had rejected when knitting bamboo/silk yarn is perfect for this project.

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