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Tuesday, 19 May 2009

Shawl update

This is the feather and fan shawl, detail of. These shawls seem tob e evolving into a bit of a project; I thought I might aim for a Knitter's Dozen (ie 13) and stage a show to raise funds for the village hall maybe, or something. Need to look into cheap and cheerful, but effective ways of displaying them. Pleased with this, quite effective in this colourway, reminds me of sea glass.

Monday, 18 May 2009

BAthroom cloths

Confined to barracks by rain and howling winds yesterday, I spent the morning int he kitchen cooking, with knitting in between. The pink cloths are for the bathroom; I'm about to re-decorate in there, pinks and bluses, possibly florals, so set to and got these done from the cerise cotton I got at the show a few weeks back. Very pleased with them, they're lovely and soft, and should wear well.

As for teh Shipwreck shawl - well!! LOL I have fallen out of love with the printed pattern, but not he shawl itself. Having a long hard look at it, I think the variegated greens aren't showing the patterning to its best advantage, so that's being undone. I've started another shawl with the green, a feather and fan pattern, nice and easy, but quite effective, and the pattern shows up better, being much simpler. Hey ho!

I got a lovely HUGE cone of very fine wool in a pale-ish grey at the scrapstore on saturday, might be destined for some lacey gorgeousness soon...........

Friday, 15 May 2009


Not just me, then! Getting frustrated by the Shipwreck shawl from knitty, but have done a bit of research via Ravelry, to discover the instructions have been modified a bit. Need to take out all the Madeira rounds and start tha section again. Won;t be beaten..............LOL

Jumper finished

This is the finished Dennis the Menace jumper for a friend's nephew. Pleased with the way it's turned out, and the red's not to garish. This is the one being bartered for surplus apples for cider making later in the year. :)

Monday, 11 May 2009

New fleece

WE had a lovely day out yesterday at a local village annual event. One of the highlights for me is seeing a man called Dave shearing the small flock of mixed sheep he runs on the estate, in addition to his own on his own farm. I bought a couple of fleeces two years back, and was determined not to crumble and get another one. But I did...........LOL. No charge this year, he was happy to give it to me, nice man. I was able to choose which one I wanted, and chose a Romney X, and the sheep was sheared right in front of me. He did invite me to shear, but I declined, but now wish I'd had a go. I have shorn a sheep with hand shears many years, ago, taking so long that the sheep dozed off...................
So, I have my very own custom-sheared fleece to process now; lovely wool, looking forward to doing it. Updates will appear here. The photo shows him in action ,shearing *my* fleece :)

Tuesday, 5 May 2009

Keep and Share

Found this rather nice site mentioned in May's Country Living magazine:

Their 12 packs of yarna re very tempting!

Monday, 4 May 2009

Dennis the Menace jumper

I ws asked to knit this for someone, and have arranged to barter for some windfall apples (for cider and juicing) in the autumn - good deal, I thought. I have the back done, an easy knit in wide stripes.

Saturday, 2 May 2009

Socks finished

All done, very pleased with them, the first ones I've actually designed by myself, and more to come I hope. Lace pattern is Fishtail lace, and they are a perfect fit for my feet!