Monthly Archives: February 2009

finished object: laminaria shawl

Warning: this is a photo-heavy post – I got a bit camera-happy in my excitement about this shawl!

Pattern: Laminaria

Yarn: Posh Yarn Cecilia, 50/50 cashmere/silk, in the Fern colourway

Needles: 3.5mm

This has been a joy to knit from start to finish. The pattern changed frequently enough to keep me interested, and the yarn was sublime to work with. I’ve been entranced and a little obsessed with it, and I have even seriously considered picking up my unfinished pink version and working on it again straight away…

I love the little alien faces:

Details on my Ravelry page here

Cute pointy edging:

The yarn moves subtly from blue green to yellow green, not enough to stripe the shawl, just enough to add depth to the colour.

I got to wear this for the first time last Thursday when I  met Arienwen for the first time and we went to the knitting night at Iknit London together. I’ve got to know her through her blog, and it was lovely meeting up in person.

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hemlock ring blanket progress

I am loving knitting this heavyweight lace blanket. It is destined to live on the plaid footstool on which it is pictured here, and I am really pleased with how the colours complement each other.

I made a bit of a mistake when I started the feather and fan part of the pattern, which meant that the pattern started in the wrong place on the star. I got as far as you can see in the photos before realising and ripping back to the central star pattern. But, this blanket is quick to make, and I have now caught back up to where I was before, so it’s really not a problem!

3286395304_e7f2426642_o2In other news, Michelle has been kind enough to nominate me for a kreativ blogger award – thanks Michelle! I’m not sure where to start with nominating other bloggers, there are so many that I love and am inspired by, so instead, following Sonia’s example, I’m going to point you towards the list of my favourite blogs. If you have some time to browse, I recommend them all as places I love to visit.

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spring is coming when …

… the first snowdrops flower  …

… laundry can dry outside in the breeze …

… rhubarb peeps up through the soil …

… cabbage tops are ready to be harvested for supper …

It’s been a long winter – roll on spring!

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steps forward, back, forward, a milestone and a leap of faith…

Last year, I signed up for the Sock(topus) Sock Club. It’s the first sock club I’ve joined, and I have been looking forward to experimenting with new yarns and patterns. The first package came a couple of weeks ago, complete with some deliciously minty feet-pampering products.

The pattern is Om Shanti Bed Socks, and the yarn, Chameleon Colorworks Evolution,  is fabulously girlie and pink. You may recall that I’m a bit anal when it comes to variegated yarns – I get bothered by the unpredictability of how the colours knit up. However, I do like variegated socks when they are contrasted with plain heels and toes, so I cast these on with white toes.

Steps forward, back, forward

All was going well at first. I decided to knit both socks at once on two circular needles to avoid second sock syndrome, but after a while I realised that one sock was significantly bigger than the other. It turns out that one skein of yarn was actually quite a bit thicker than the other. But, all is now well. Alice from S0cktopus has graciously sent me another skein of thinner yarn, so now I can start the second sock again.

A milestone

I mentioned a while ago that I was following the Couch to 5k running programme. Well, on Saturday I reached a milestone that I am really proud of – I ran for twenty minutes without stopping! To put this in perspective, in December I could not run for more than one minute, and even that made me feel like my lungs would burst. Yay me!

A leap of faith

I have joined Iknit London‘s team to run a 5k Race for Life in Battersea Park in May. It feels pretty scary to commit to doing something like this, but I’m sure that by then I will be able to run at least 5k. At least, I hope so!

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finished object: vintage floral tea cosy

Pattern: 1937 Floral Tea Cosy

Yarn: Cosy body: Dream in Colour Smooshy, knit double. Flowers: Kidsilk Haze

Needles: 3.5mm

Notes: I had a problem getting the stitch pattern to look right, so in the end I substituted 1×1 ribbing, with the yarn held double. The result is stretchy and thick, perfect for keeping the tea good and hot!

For the flowers, I followed Mimi Allesis’s Little Flowers pattern, although I omitted the leaves. I sewed the flowers onto the cosy with little silver beads. Because, you know, you can’t overdo it when you’re going for kitsch…

So, anyone free for afternoon tea? There’ll be Battenburg!

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