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Sunday, 30 May 2010

Quick update.

A very quick update. I have started several new projects to knit in between packing boxes of which about 15 have been packed now.

The first project is Travelling Woman's shawl which I forgot to photograph so will show that next time Both the patten and the yarn are lovely. The pattern is easy enough not to addle my brain and still enjoy knitting the lace even with everything else that is going on.

I have also started the new Cookie A sock pattern - Cubist Socks which is available as a free download on Knitting Daily. I am making them in Regia Hand-dyed Effect. It is great fun to knit and also and easy pattern to remember. I was told of the pattern at a store in London, "All The Fun at the Fair" which is in Kingly Court behind Liberty's. It is worth a visit if you are in the area.

I have not knitted socks for a while so am really enjoying these. I have knitted the first pattern have nearly completed the second. I have not got to the heel here. It is just stretched over my foot as a fitting.

Lastly, I fell in love with Louisa Harding yarn, Willow Tweed, which found its way home with me from London. I am knitting my own version of the "Smithy" cardi in her pattern book. It will have to be adjusted for my body shape as the patterns fall in unfortunate places. I did not like the eyelets at the bottom of the piece so have replaced them with the heart pattern which would have been straight across the middle of my breasts if I knitted the pattern to instruction.

I am on the stretch of stocking stitch at the moment which is also perfect for now. The colours will add interest later.

Thursday, 20 May 2010

A week of completion.

This week had been a week of completion. All projects are now waiting to be gifted to the various people they were intended for and I am thinking about what I would like to do next and don't have any idea!

The baby jacket is very sweet with the teddy button but I am very pleased that it is finished. I will not be knitting this pattern again.

Ishbel is blocked and beautiful. The yarn bloomed beautifully soft when it dried. I am extremely pleased with it.

Lala's simple shawl will be perfect for Nana and I will post it later today. She will love it. It will give her great warmth over her shoulders in the colder weather.

I am pondering my next project. I want something simple that I can pick up and leave easily as I will be busy with the move over the next couple of weeks. There may be another shawl in my future or perhaps a cowl. I was given beautiful yarn for each and I have been itching to use it.

Monday, 17 May 2010


I have not been able to post lately as life has got busy. We are moving house in six weeks. I am putting squares together that our knitting group made. I have been ill for over a week now.

Amongst all this, there are some bits being created and or finished.

Ishbel is beautiful and I enjoyed knitting every bit of her.

She is blocking and then will be wrapped up for the special one that she was made for.

I do love the pattern and the stitch detail.

The baby jacket is still to be finished and I will try to complete it before the end of the week.

On my needles at the moment is Lala's Simple Shawl which is a free download on Ravelry. I am making it for my mother-in-law as it is her birthday next month. As it is winter in South Africa, it will arrive at the perfect time.

It is knitted in Sidar Escape and she will love the different colours. It will also be easy for her to wash which is important when I make things for her.

Here is the stitch detail. It really is very simple, with rows of garter stitch then stocking stitch with a row of eyelets in the middle. It is all my brain can cope with with at the moment with so many other things going on.

I hope to finish it by Sunday so that it can be mailed off to her in plenty of time.

I am now off to complete the last rows of crochet on the squares blanket and watch Lewis.  My chest still hurts and I will need to be quiet for a little while yet as I do not want to miss my weaving class over the weekend.

The blessing is that I am able to compete some of 'the unfinished' that lurks in my basket when my brain co-operates.