Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
So I was a day ahead when I knitted these Pat-a-Cake mittens yesterday!
Once again I used the remains of a single skein of Interlacements Toasty Toes (worsted weight), which seems to go on for ever. This child now has a hoodie, a jester hat and a pair of mittens all from the same skein!
It's a free pattern and I really like it - quick, easy to follow, and well-shaped.
Next year will require more planning as by then they will have TWO babies!
I still have my daughter's present to finish, but now that she has flown off for Christmas with her dad and his side of the family, I can take it easy and knit in public! Their flight was delayed by two hours yesterday but at least they got there safely. I hope the next leg of the journey (to Taunton by coach) goes smoothly, but that is out of my hands.
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Yarn Yard Bonny in "Famous" from my Chevron Scarf
Noro Kureyon sock from my Simple yet Effective shawl.
Snow arrived on Friday night. I hope the kids can fly to London tomorrow!
I'm at work til lunchtime on Christmas Eve.
Left a candle on top of the wood burner with obvious consequences. Then FL dropped the full ashcan on the sofa.
Had a splurge at Kemps - they are selling 500g mystery bags of Rowan yarn for £5 each! Fly, fly my friends!
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Last year I had an Eric Carle (Very Hungry Caterpillar) Diary. Which was fun, but felt a bit mass-produced.
For 2010, I have this!
It came all the way from Canada, and every page is designed by a blogger/ crafter / Etsy-person. It comes with a plain cardboard cover, so it can be personalised. I am thinking of sewing it a little jacket. Just because.
I admit that some of the pages don't actually have much room to write in my appointments, but the illustrations are so inspiring, I will make it work. If I get desperate I can always stick an address label on top and write really really small!
My next mission is to find some creative stationery to use at work. My desk is depressing. I spend 8 hours a day rearranging the heaps of paper. I am actually very organised - my pinboard is a shrine to Excel charts! So all I really need is a date file and a couple of magazine box-files to restore order and inner calm. And a purple pen. I've got to get a purple pen!
FL has had a tooth extracted (after the dentist checked her book for the effects of Zometa). And now has an unexplained rash on his chest. The parade of minor ailments never fails to amuse and delight us - sigh!
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Finished and in use!
Friday, December 11, 2009
Tuesday, December 08, 2009
The hardest thing about this project was choosing the button! I raided Granny's button box for this vintage number, but almost used a bluey/green modern one for a more contemporary look. Next time!
It would be fabulous in a handspun. I almost feel inspired to learn to spin!
Monday, December 07, 2009
Then there is the pony-riding burlesque capelet. You can't see the thigh-high boots in this picture. Hmmm. Not to my taste, but full marks for "on trend" styling.
The least said about the Rowan "extract" sweater the better. And there is an unbelievable wedding-cake of a cabled coat that is just - well, teeth-on-edge-sweet sculpted icing sugar. The cover jumper made me laugh - hmmm my neck band doesn't fit, what shall I do? I know - I will leave it loose and call it a design feature...?! And there is a Gedifra bolero with massive cables held together by a few strands of lace which made me shrug - so what?
This red and white double-layer hat has potential... but looks unfinished somehow. I don't understand the white lozenges - maybe they would look better embroidered?
Sunday, December 06, 2009
This weeks' square has been sadly neglected! But I will finish it later today.
Yarn credit: Fyberspates Echo sock yarn in Woods, which was used to make FL's Trilobite socks.
Most of my week has been dedicated to finishing the Fugue tam, my test-knitting project for Kate.
It is now blocking and is going to take some time to dry!
I must beware the temptation to try it on while it is still damp.
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Gratuitous picture of the inside too! See that stranding? I am very proud of it!
There was a spot of chart-dyslexia last night so I had to rip back seven rows today, but I have almost recovered. Finish tomorrow? Maybe!
Thursday, November 26, 2009
FL says he is feeling better, but his cough developed overnight, so I have insisted he sees the local GP today. I am NOT having another run-in with pneumonia, thank you very much!
It doesn't help that he pulled the front door handle off (!), so now we can't keep the door shut against the wind. I had to scramble over a barricade of wellies last night when I got home. Sigh! If he wasn't so independant (stubborn) we would call a locksmith like anyone else... but he wants to find someone at the pub to repair it if he can't do it himself. I left him today with plans to remove the lock from one of the pile of ex-hotel doors which he has stacked up outside the garage (don't ask) and fit it to our front door. I suppose it keeps him busy, but sometimes his over-optimistic inventiveness can be frustrating!
I have brought my cold to work. I am supposed to have two flu vaccinations on Saturday (swine and seasonal) and am not looking forward to it.
However.... I am having a great time knitting Kate's tam. The colours of yarn I was sent don't contrast as much as the ones on the pattern itself, so mine is an altogether-more-subtle rendition of the design. I am being very careful to strand my colours evenly across the back in a regular pattern and I think the extra care is paying off. I would show you, but there is no daylight to be found up here at the moment. Wait for the weekend, when I might get it finished!
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
I am a test-knitter for Kate's "Fugue" pattern - oooh!
The yarn is delicious Bowmont Braf and Old Maiden Aunt (Lilith) has dyed it in these wonderful almost-solid shades of blue: "Moody" and "Dreich".
Did I say ooooh?!
Monday, November 23, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
And about my birthday:
Thank you so so much for all your birthday wishes and haircut appreciation! I am feeling SO pleased with myself for taking the plunge and going for the chop. Mind you, I will have to re-learn how to use a hairdrier and buy some "products" - eek!
Friday, November 20, 2009
Impressive self-portraits, huh?!
The postie was kind to me too! Roo sent me a fab personalised card and ooh! ooh! a lime green Herdy mug and notebook! They will be going to work with me on Monday to brighten up my desk.
The kids gave me some fancy mint tea, purple mascara (to match my hair?) and a pocket hairbrush - now that I will have to gasp brush my hair!
And FL gave me some £s to spend on new clothes - woo hoo!
Happy birthday to me! Middle age crisis? MOI?!
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Two long-simmering projects have finally been started.
First up, some patchwork cushions for the front room. I have a Moda "Snippets" charm pack and am attempting to squeeze two cushion covers out of it.
It will be close! I somehow forgot that the more seams you introduce, the less area of fabric you produce - duh!
Friday, November 13, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
But I'm told it is warm and soft.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
My sewing momentum has fizzled out again, probably because I still haven't worn my new indigo and lime skirt. Why? It doesn't go with anything else I own. It WILL go with my Central Park Hoodie... but I haven't finished it yet!
So it was actually a relief to be seized by a new obsession. This apron dress appears in a Japanese pattern book which I do not own and do not intend to buy... yet.
Why do I like it so much? I think it is the combination of the denim* (it would have to be organic of course) with big pockets and the layered look. A large part of the attraction is the row of giant buttons peeking through the gap at the back, topped by a big bow. Then at the front, there is that super-flat Peter Pan collar over a wide boat neck.
She ought to be standing on a stool in a draughty Victorian orphanage. Or scrubbing the floor with a hard-bristle brush and carbolic soap. Or standing in her art studio, pondering a lump of wet clay.
It is a garment that speaks to me of utility and hard work, but also of creativity. And I want one! I don't think the under-dress is included in the pattern book, hence my hesitation to buy it. I have been tripped up that way before! I am hoping I can draft my own version of the"Tablier" using other Japanese patterns. The under-dress? Hmmm. Not so sure.
*ETA: The original is made of linen. The fabric can be bought from LinenBird in Japan via an online shop called Envelope. And I think that the same shop sells the apron ready-made, but I may be wrong. My Japanese is non-existent. But I will content myself with the book. Sigh. I need to buy the book now! Even though the under-dress is definitely NOT in there.
Sunday, November 08, 2009
And then another miracle occurred. FL came home, and after a second's pause said: "What I don't understand is why you still haven't got curtains for this room...?"