Monthly Archives: August 2008

Go support a fellow blogger: donate! win prizes!

I just wanted to spread the word about a blogging friend’s 60-mile walk to raise money for breast cancer research.

Mel will taking part in the Washington DC Breast Cancer 3-day walk from the 3rd to the 5th of October; she will be walking in memory of her mother. By helping Mel raise funds you can be entered in a contest to win some scrummy prizes. Mel has written about the walk here – I wish her much success, both in her fundraising and in her walk.

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Denmark (3): Helsingør

Thank you so much for the encouragement about my Pomatomus socks, and for all your lovely comments about Popknits!

Whilst in Denmark we visited Helsingør, or Elsinore, as Shakespeare re-named the town in Hamlet, and spent an afternoon at Kronborg Castle.

It began life as a fortress in the 1420s, with the current castle being built after a fire in the 1600s. As ever, it’s the details I love. This is from the entrance arch:

A view from inside the castle, looking across the cannons to the sea beyond. Can you spot the sailing boat in the bottom right window pane?

The courtyard walkway was made from these amazing arches:

Looking backwards across the moat to the castle entrance:

Outside the moat, the cottages had been renovated and were beautifully preserved:

There was a lovely outdoor cafe where we had our lunch.

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Ravelympics update: Day 10 (of 14)

Just a quick post tonight – today was my first day back at work since the pneumonia, and I’m pretty tired. I finally finished my first sock yesterday, much to my own amazement! Here it is, fabulously and glamorously displayed using the tried and tested stick-your-foot-out-and-photograph-it-yourself technique:

I’ve got almost down to the heel flap on the second sock, which gives me some hope that I may even finish by Sunday…

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Popknits Fall preview

This was going be a post showing photographs of our trip to Hamlet’s castle, Elsinore, but instead I want to share some exciting knitting news.

You might remember me mentioning last month that the forthcoming Popknits magazine will be featuring my first ever pattern, for a Fair Isle beret (picture below). Well, as of today, the Popknits preview is online. Go check it out – there are some lovely patterns there, and what looks like a great article on using vintage lace patterns. I particularly love the Footlights Cardigan, made in laceweight Malabrigo – can’t wait to get my hands on that one!

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Denmark holiday (2): Charlottenlund

We left Copenhagen on Tuesday for our second hotel a few miles up the coast, in Charlottenlund.

It was a beautiful 17th century building; we were lucky to have a room at the front, with a little balcony, and from there we had a lovely view of nearby cottages, and behind them, the sea.

We decided to hire a car for the rest of our holiday, and we went to some lovely places. I’ll share some of them over the next few days – hope you don’t get bored! But for now, I’d just like to take you for a wander in this small area – it’s not a major tourist ‘site’, but I feel it’s just too pretty to skim over.

We saw lots of thatched roofs,

and quite a few cottages, like this one, with beautiful mustard-yellow plasterwork. Isn’t the garden just perfect, with flowers planted to match the walls?

I love how, if you ignore the streetlamp, this path probably looked this way for very many generations.

Charlottenlund is such a charming area, it truly was a pleasure to spend time here wandering around. Next time, I’ll take you to Helsingør, the 12th century castle where Hamlet was set.

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