Sunday, 27 March 2011
CHANGE OF PLAN......
Goood afternoon to you all! Nice to be back, even if it is for just a flying visit. We are off out shortly and I've not planned my time very well today, so I'm in a big rush to 'talk' to you all, feed Oscar, Magimix the leek and potato soup that's sitting in the pan still, get changed, print my school planning......... I could go on! The list is always pretty endless.
I just HAD to show you the pretty little cardigan for Sophie. I 'm really pleased with it. The bamboo and wool yarn has great stitch definition and a lovely sheen, but gets a little fluffy. Bamboo always seems to. It's such a quick and easy knit, with a clever little scalloped edge made by picking up the stitch from the third row down along with the current stitch and casting off together on every sixth stitch along the cast off row. I've not used this method before. The cardigan goes well with the little beret.
I decided to take your advice on the yarn choice for 'Spriteling' and have had to make a very necessary little purchase, in order to obtain the required yarn!!!!!! I decided a solid colour or semi-solid would, indeed, show off the stitchwork to much better effect. I've done very little lace knitting and am not really a shawl wearer, so whatever I use, has to be something I will be happy having around my neck. I gone for this....
....... the softest mix of baby alpaca, silk and cashmere. It's from one of my favourite dyers, 'Old Maiden Aunt' . I've wound a nice fat yarn cake....
...... and swatched...... again!
The 'Juno Fibre Arts' yarn that I had planned to use, will become a pair of 'Jaywalker' socks. Perfect car knitting for our trip up to Yorkshire over the Easter holidays. No wasted yarn there then!
I've also started the little hat that I am knitting as part of a set of baby 'bits', for a friend to give to her friend who has just had a baby girl. I'm using Rowan 'milk cotton' for the hat and bootees and Rowan 'woolcotton' for the cardign.
This book is my favourite for baby knits. There are some really lovely, simple designs.
Oscar's been up to his old tricks with the flower pots! He's begun a 'stash' on a corner of the lawn, behind the bush that you can see on the right of the photo. He's also begun collecting large pieces of wood to add interest to his ever growing collection of garden objects. You can see the latest piece to be dragged onto the lawn! He calls it 'branch on lawn'. Sure to be a most sort after piece of moddog art!
That's all! Gotta go! I'll catch up with you all tomorrow evening! Have a good week.