Monday, June 30, 2008


Lots of it! Somehow have overcome the lack of knitting mojo, and am now on max power. Behold.

Bibs, courtesy of Chickpea Designs. Not as cute as hers, but towelling backed, so hopefully useful. They look a bit small, but take about 10 minutes to make, so I might make some bigger ones. Just need to get some press-studs for closures. A book bag for my poor deprived nephew, who didn't receive his original birthday present, and has been waiting on slack auntie to make another one. Which I finally have! (Gotta love Olivia!)
Christmas knitting #1: Quickie Cowl, in Colinette Burnt Umber. Not very Burnt Umber in my opinion, more turquoise & pink. I don't really like this colourway, but the cowl itself is very cute. There is a lace pattern in there (somewhere).
Christmas Knitting#2 (still in progress): Branching Out, looking quite nice in Drops Alpaca. No work done on this since the baby stopped my interest in knitting, but dug it out to take pics, and am surprised at how good it looks!
My new favourite piece of knitting, the Baby Surprise Jacket (Ravelry link here), in Gedifra Fashion Colour. Love this pattern - what fun to knit! I promise more pics to follow of the craziness of this pattern. Love the yarn a lot - is less washed out than in this picture, richer browns & blues, with a subtle self-stripe. Very very nice, but definately not newborn size! I am guessing this is going to be a 1yr old size by the time I finish!
I also did a bit of investment in the stash - some lovely yarn on sale (I needed to top up the Gedifra for the BSJ, so a few more balls didn't hurt!) and a few choices pieces from Colinette (luckily, only the Burnt Umber disappointed on colourway not looking like the internet description).
Also, the Elderflower Cordial went wonderfully, and tastes superb! Cheers.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Good English Fun

Now, it wasn't quite Midsummer Day, but we went picking elderflowers at midday anyway (only a few days off, so that will have to do). We went out to a nearby village and walked along a gorgeous bridleway in the howling wind, stopping every now and then to plunder the flowers.
We returned home with a great haul, which is being turned into various drinks as we speak. Also, finished knitting (!!) - this is the First Coat from Debbie Bliss' Essential Baby, knit in gorgeous Blue Sky Alpaca Skinny Dyed Cotton. It used about 2.5 skeins, and I think it looks quite handsome! It looks much better in person than in the picture, and needs a block, but I'm pretty happy with it, all in all.
And gratuitous garden shot - I've been waiting for these little sweeties for ages!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Summer - apparently

I think it happened. Summer, that is. We had three days of lovely, sunny, hot weather (the car said 31! The weather guy said 27) which was delightful. But its gone, as quick as it came - back to 18. Which, to be honest, is easier as everything I own that I can still wear is warmish, the heat makes me tired & I have to remember to water the garden (this happens so infrequently I kind of forget until things appear to be dying).

My lovely friend Ky and her boyfriend came to visit a little while ago, and she bought me a copy of Debbie Bliss' Essential Baby. Which I just happened to have got out of the library and was knitting from, which was great because I could return the book, without having finished my knitting and without paying a late fine! And I can now make the very cute Duffle Coat that is in there too....

I am knitting the first coat, and it is going swimmingly (a small counting error, apparently the result of baby brain - thats my claim anyway), and I bought cute little toggle buttons to go with it. I also bought black pretend leather buttons but they are too big, so toggles it is. Very hard to find those lovely woven leather buttons, especially small ones. Anyway, only two tiny sleeves to go. And then I think I need to buy some new yarn...well, I really don't, there is some in the stash, but I might anyway.

Anyway, I am bravely attaching a pic of me, bump and all. Bravely, as it was taken one evening after a day of work & heat, and I look a bit....ordinary. But at least you get the idea!