Sunday, January 30, 2011

Show and Tell

Hello my lovelies,
hope you have had a good week. Mine has been busy - I can't actually remember the begining of it it has been that chaotic! Having said all of that I have accomplished quite a lot. I finished my dress ( it is gorgeous, soft and warm and I am wearing it) and I should finish Ishbel this evening. Sorry no photos of either as of yet. An offspring snapped a few of my dress earlier but, I didn't look at them until it was dark when it became obvious very quickly that they are all very blurry! So photos is a job for next weekend.
On saturday when we were at the library Oriana saw a Debbie Bliss Book "Blankets Bears and Bootees" She has been muttering for a while about all the teachers who are having babies at school and she decided that she wanted to make some bootees for one of them. So yesterday she cast on. A lovely pale green in baby cashmerino a few rows in and she had mastered yf and tbl.It is funny to see her leaning against this chair her face so full of concentration.
Much of my knitting has been carried out in exactly the same spot leaning against my grandmothers legs as she knit behind me.
Last week in my comments Jeanne asked if I had any suggestions for her daughter learning to knit I have had a think about it I was lucky mostly when I was in a knittng mood when I was little I was on holiday. So I had my grandmother to help. she was at the other side of the country but, if she wasn't due a vist a quick telephone call would soon sort me out if I got stuck. Nowadays if there wasn't anyone nearby to help I think I would use youtube. Any technique is shown there, you can see it again and again. Hopefully someone round about will be able to fix any errors that you make. Remember a true knitter will be glad to pass on their craft without charging you!

Arianwen xx

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Ravelry takes the 229

Hello my lovelies,
A funny thing happened on Thursday morning. When I reached the bus station at 6.45 there was a girl sitting reading in my usual seat. She was reading a book and looked up as I reached the seats. I smiled and she smiled and looked away. Then I got my knitting out before I had knit more than a couple of stitches. She put away her book and pulled out her knitting. Well I had to talk to her then and we spent a lovely journey talking about our projects and our knitting goals for the year.Dbexx is taking on the challenge of 11 shawls in 2011 and was working on the most beautiful dark purpley blue prayer shawl. During our conversation she admitted to seeing me knit on the previous Thursday but because she didn't have her knitting with her she didn't feel she could come and say anything. So I would just like to put it out there if you see me knitting and you don't knit or you don't have yours with you come and say hello! I am already looking forward to our next Thursday meet up.
As for my knitting here is another Sunday reveal.
I have finished another pair of little socks this time for Oriana. This pair were very quick but, I had a bit of a problem with the second sock as the stripes were not lining up perfectly so I had to cut and splice the yarn to that the socks would match. I was pretty underwhelmed by doing this and I probably wouldn't have bothered if they had been Inigo's but unmatching stripes is almost guaranteed to cause distress to Oriana and truth be told it would have irritated me as well! I think that I knit these faster because I am really looking forward to next week's project.

I have made Ishbel twice in the past both for other people and I have always wanted one for myself. I have the perfect skein of Sundara that was a gift from the lovely Stash about two years ago and it has always been ear-marked for Ishbel I just kept being side tracked but I really think that it is the perfect knitting for the bus so tomorrow morning I cast on!
I have also finished the body of my dress and cast on the sleeves it is soo warm and soft maybe I will be able to finish it soon.

Arianwen xx

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Craving the light

A couple of weeks ago I watched a vampire movie.It wasn't good, it was set in the far north of Canada. The story line was that the people of this little town had thirty days of darkness. For the last two weeks I have left the house in the dark, not seen the day and then gone home in the dark. Friday morning was wonderful I saw daylight only for a few hours but it really was wonderful. Grey, misty, winter light of course I have seen the same both Saturday and Sunday but somehow those precious hours were delicious.

It is strange to knit in the dark especially so early in the morning but I had fun twirling my dpns on the bus. It certainly raises a few eyebrows! Inigo is a very happy boy. Knitted socks are warm and they are perfect for skidding across wooden floors. Oriana has put in a request I will cast on in the morning. My dress is moving slowly gorgeous and warm I can't wait to wear it. though I haven't reached the arm holes and I only have 3 50g balls left so I am quite worried that I won't have enough.

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Say Something Sunday

Hello my lovelies,
Over a week since the new year and my resolution of regularly updating my blog looked like it was going nicely down the drain. So I have decided to instigate a routine of Say Something Sunday the idea is that I get something into my blog each week even if it isn't very much.
Well the first week back at school has gone in a blur! I have left the house in the dark and come back in the dark so this post is going to be more than a little short of photos! For the next 6 weeks I am on the bus morning and evening which equates to a lot of hours!
I usually get wrapped up in big projects jumpers, dresses, etc which although I love doing are not exactly easy to transport. So when Inigo said that he really wanted some knitted socks I ran down to my Lys to see what they had in perfect boy sock yarn. Not much was the answer to that though they did have some very nice Regia world circus yarn which Inigo liked. I cast on tuesday at 7.00 am on the 229 bus. This week I managed one sock. Hopefully next week I will be able to show you a pair!
My Christmas project this year was Wightwizzle a gorgeous dress by Louisa Harding I am making it in her yarn Thistle it is a lovely teal green and unlike its name is really soft and warm. I have finished the skirt part of the dress it has eaten yarn and I am a worried that I am not going to have enough but I guess I won't know until I run out:)
Well that is it for this week take care and I will see you next time for Say Something Sunday

Arianwen x

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