Knitting news: the modular cardi is finished! (Well, there’s the ends to run in, but hey, that’ll happen.) And here it is on Mon’s bod for proof. I just love the way the colours have worked to create the 3D effects, especially on the back. I have to get the perfect buttons for it, and will be visiting the button shop for that soonest. Bad thing is that it’s really too warm here to wear it now. The spring weather has definitely arrived in Sydney, with temps now in the low-mid 20s most days.
And on to local news and my rant: Aussie knitters who use the internet (I call them Interknitters) are often really dissatisfied with the yarns that they can get here. And it’s true. The local yarn stores are great stockists of the products of Australian Country Spinners, and these are, er, somewhat limited. There are a few Rowan stockists (maybe four in the whole country), and you can now get Noro yarns, although these are dreadfully expensive. Yes, we can get Jo Sharp. Of course. And Filatura di Crossa is appearing, slowly. But apart from the odd ball of Jaeger or Anny Blatt that you might accidentally stumble across, there’s very little else. We just drool when we read about the great yarns you can buy at yarn stores in North America. Of course there is the Kniternet to order from, but you can’t fondle the yarn, nor can you see the colours accurately, as Pam recently discovered.
I know how difficult importing is, but I do wish that some of our local shops were able to bring us yarns like Lorna’s Laces, or Koigu, or the wonderful Fiesta or La Lana yarns from New Mexico, or Colinette (which, I’ll admit, you can buy here on mail order from Sarah Durrant.) I saw all of these and more when I was in the US, and no amount of national pride will get me to say that there is anything to match them being made by manufacturers either in Aus or New Zealand. One exception - the compnay NZNaturally (which doesn't seem to have a website) has been making some very interesting yarns in the last few years, including interestingly dyed and spun pure wools, the possum/merino mixture, a merino/silk mixture, and a range of interesting cotton-based mixtures. I think that SRKertzner carries them in the US.
Off to enjoy my weekend.