Showing posts with label shawls. Show all posts
Showing posts with label shawls. Show all posts

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Fragile hearts and tools

So, what else was I doing over the last month or so? Well, I got some other knitting and quilting done as well. I'll be taking my quilting to my Tuesday afternoon craft group today, so I'll do an updated photo later this week, but here's the latest knitting finish.

It's called Fragile Heart and it's knitted in Old Maiden Aunt merino in the colourway Greige.

And speaking of fragile things, I decided to widen the flower bed last week and dig up and divide the hardy geraniums that were taking over. And the garden spade that has barely been used and is only a year old decided to snap right in two!

It wasn't until later that I realised how lucky I'd been. I obviously was putting a lot of pressure on it when it snapped and I fell into the flower bed. If I'd fallen onto the broken end I could have impaled myself. Thankfully no damage was done!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

What's going on?

Well, I haven't blogged or read blogs for the longest time, but this morning I got the urge to start again. There's really been far too much to catch you up on since I last blogged regularly, so I'm going to start right here and now by saying the snow has almost gone, there's no work right now and not much to be done around the house, and so I'm going to do a bit of knitting and maybe dig through my stitchy stash.

I might frog the bind off on this shawl and redo it. I ran out of yarn but a lovely friend gave me hers to redo it in the proper colour...

And I might keep knitting on the blanket I am working on. I don't have enough yarn to finish it but I'm putting my head in the sand about that.

As for stitching - it's been so long we'll just have to see what I can find!

Tuesday, October 04, 2011


I should be posting photos of this week's Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt blocks (yes, they're done and photos are ready to upload), but I unpinned this from the floor this morning and need to show it off! It's my finished Catkin and I'm so pleased with it.

Catkin by Carina Spencer
Knitted with Old Maiden Aunt merino in Bramble and Midnight Owl

It's a lovely size, perfect for autumn (once the incredible heatwave we've been having disappears) and so soft and squishy. I love it! 

Friday, September 23, 2011

An autumn project

At this time of year I always get a desire for brown and berry coloured clothing - blackberries, damsons, plums - purples and rich deep pinks. I haven't found the right coloured purpley-pink yarn yet, but I have found the right brown and purple, and the right pattern to knit too.

This is my swatch for Catkin, a lovely shawl in two colours. I'm using Old Maiden Aunt merino in Bramble and Midnight Owl. (I'll leave you to figure out which colour is which - the names are a good clue!)

It's not a perfect swatch because it was done after a walk down the river to the next village, a lovely, relaxing, boozy pub lunch in the sun, a walk back and another glass of wine in the garden (with Lulu supervising of course). It was a gorgeous day and the river was stunning and so peaceful - one of my favourite places in the world.

Knitting of the actual shawl has started and it's ticking along very nicely thank you.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Box, Bow Tie, and a little knitting

Gosh, these weeks are going fast aren't they? Another two blocks done on the Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt. These two were easier and faster than last week's and done while watching much rugby on Sunday (I'm already a little rugby-ed out and it's not even the end of the first week of the world cup!)

So, here's Box...

And here's Bow Tie...

And here they are all together - I'm happier with the colours now there are more blocks.

There's been lots of knitting too. I've almost finished a cardigan (just seaming and the neckband to do), started another (pic coming shortly), been hexipuffing slowly but steadily (up to 40 puffs now), and been ticking along on this - a stole that is the first pattern in the Knitspot Fall in Full Color Club. I'm knitting mine in laceweight merino/silk with just a hint of sparkle from Posh Yarn. Pretty!

Friday, September 02, 2011


I'm on holiday! Our first time off this year - it's been such a crazy year so far.

We're going to have some days out and maybe a few nights away, but mainly we're just going to spend time doing exactly what we want for a change. The main thing I want to do is finish some projects and start some others, so here's the first.

Legolas shawl by Susan Pandorf
Knitted with Old Maiden Aunt alpaca/silk/cashmere 4ply in Bitterbug

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Christchurch shawl

I think I'll let the pictures do the talking today...

Christchurch Shawl by Bristol Ivy
Knitted in Dye for Yarn Tussah silk in colour Worn Jeans

Tuesday, August 02, 2011


I just couldn't put this down!

Jaali by Kitman Figueroa
Knitted in Old Maiden Aunt merino in Last Night's Red Dress

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Shawls galore

I started another shawl just before the weekend. I couldn't wait to knit some of the lovely yarn I bought at Knit Nation, so why not?! This makes three shawls on the go at the moment - all in middling stages.

First is Jaali by Kitman Figueroa - this is the newer start in Old Maiden Aunt Last Night's Red Dress. It's all bunched up at the moment and hard to see but it's going to be very stylish.

Then there's the Christchurch Shawl by Bristol Ivy. I bought the pattern for this after the big Christchurch earthquake in February - proceeds went towards the relief fund. It's knitted in Dye for Yarn Tussah silk in Worn Jeans. Again it's a bit bunched up as it's getting big now.

The last is Legolas by Susan Pandorf - one of her Lord of the Rings patterns. This one is in Old Maiden Aunt Bitterbug. The pattern is a little like the Christchurch shawl - leaves and spines - but it will be smaller and cosier.

I'll probably end up finishing all three around the same time and will suddenly have a surfeit of shawls!

Tuesday, July 05, 2011


I was really hoping someone would offer to take my quilt top off my hands. I guess it'll sit in a chest for another few years until I decide what to do with it!

Some knitting pics today. Ravelry friends will have seen this before as I finished it a while ago, but I never posted pics here. It was my first big lace project.

Laminaria by Elizabeth Freeman
Knitted in Dye For Yarn tussah silk in Ghost of a Lichen

I'm really proud of this. It took ages and I got very fed up with it towards the end but once it was blocked it looked amazing. So much so I have yarn to make a deep pink version for me.

It's a birthday present for my mum for later this year. She'll probably never wear it but she's impossible to buy for and I wanted to knit it, so she's getting it whether she likes it or not!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

A little time

It's been more than a little time since I last blogged, and it's been quite a long time since I had a little time. The lack of both blog posts and time go hand in hand!

The first half of this year has just been work, work, work. Back in February I worked out that my first available time for holiday would be the end of July/early August. I hadn't realised I'd only have about three weekends free too! This weekend is my first one not working since April - I'm not too sure what to do with myself...

I don't think I've done any stitching since January, the sewing machine hasn't been out of the cupboard since last autumn and the garden is a mess. The allotment is neglected and my seeds never got planted. It really has been a working 9 months - I've never taking on this much work all at once again. People keep telling me it's better to have too much work than be struggling, and I know they are right but it's not been fun! Martin and I had to work in shifts the other week as we needed the same computer. He worked til 2 am while I slept and I got up early and started work at 5 am!

I have been knitting. It's a real stress relief at the end of the day. Progress is slow, but here's my latest finish - Luciole.

Knitted in Wool Candy Eclair Silk Sock in Plum Cake

This is a pattern by Anne Hanson and you can find it here, together with the patterns for the Tudor Grace Scarf and Curling mitts I showed you way back in January.

Sarah is settling in nicely. I don't think she's ever going to be best friends with the other two, but she's a little cutie. Here she is in her new favorite spot - on the roof of the back porch. I wish she wouldn't lie so close to the edge - but that's a typical cat for you!

Lulu has been stealing Trevor's bed on top of the wardrobe in protest at the other cat in the office!

Well, I really am hoping to get back to blogging again now work is easing off. Fingers crossed! Thank you to anyone who's still reading and following me. I appreciate it!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Introducing Sarah and other things

I did tell you not to hold your breath for knitting photos didn't I?! I didn't plan on being away this long, but you know how it is...

It's been a busy few months here. Lots (and lots) of work, a fair bit of stitching and quite a lot of knitting and a new additon to the family. May I introduce Sarah... (please ignore the stains on the chair - ahe threw up a LOT in the first week we had her - very stressed kitty)

I saw a photo of Sarah just before Christmas and fell in love. She'd been dumped on the doorstep of a local animal shelter and they were looking for a new home for her. So off we went and she's now been with us for three months. She's still very nervous but she's a real sweetie. She follows us around, loves attacking our feet and bites ours hands a lot for attention. Trevor has been a complete angel and is slowly winning her over. Lulu is less sure, but we're all getting there! Last week was her first adventure outside - she's been too scared to go out - and she's slowly getting used to it.

I need to take a photo of my stitching, but here are some knitting photos taken over the last few months...

Annis Shawl knitted with Old Maiden Aunt 100% merino in Ysolda

Curling Mitts knitted with Sanguine Gryphon Bugga! in Pink Millipede

Tudor Grace knitted with Old Maiden Aunt merino/bamboo in Last Night's Red Dress

Holden Shawl knitted with Old Maiden Aunt merino/cashmere/nylon in Red Red Rose

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Saroyan shawl

I finished this a few days ago now but it's been too hot to bother with blogging! This is a birthday present for my mum. The pattern is called Saroyan and it's a free download on Ravelry. I made it a little wider and shorter than the pattern as my mum will probably wear it with the wide bit at the back and fastened at the front with a pin.

I love the leaf edging...

Next up is a scarf in the same wool (Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend) for my mother-in-law.

It really is hot and dry here. All three of my water butts are empty. We've just had hot day after hot day. No rain (apart from a slight sprinkle yesterday morning) for 10 days now, not much really for weeks, and no rain in sight either. Not good for the garden and too hot for the cats....

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Variety is the spice of life

Crafting is currently taking the form of knitting and cross stitch in equal quantities - depending what's on the TV. I'm finding knitting takes more concentration - probably because I'm not used to it - so will only do for TV programmes I don't have to really 'watch'. And I'm enjoying the cross stitch a bit more too, which is great.

In fact, here's a fair bit more done on Shores.

And here's my second knitting project - a shawl/scarf for my mum. She's so hard to buy presents for, so knitting her something is ideal. I get the fun of buying lovely wool and creating something, and I have a present she'll like at the end. The wool is Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend and the pattern is Saroyan (I love Bones and couldn't resist!)