Monday, September 19, 2011


I have been planning this post for a few weeks conjouring it in my head hoping that my thoughts don't make me sound to superficial. But then when I logged in I realised that blogger has changed. I am writing this in the new blogger form and I have to say I quite like it, the clear form and pale blue background are pleasant to type on little bit undecided about the peach icons I presume they tried to match it to the blogger one but really the same colour would have been better.though the proof will be in whether or not it posts properly. As I am about to post I have noticed it is without a spell checker so that is not good!
Ever so often my email company tries to change the look of my email and I change it back, it is too violently coloured and the icons are in the wrong place, it doesn't appeal to me.
It is not just graphics that draw and repel me it also photographs. A few months ago one of my favourite designers decided to use an outsize model, for her latest knitwear range. I cannot tell a lie it put me off. Rowan did the same a couple of years ago they haven't done it again and I wonder if they realised that many people were put off the designs because of the shape of the model in them. Luckily, there are lots of talented knitters out there( of all shapes) modelling their gorgeous knits which can redeem any styling that the designer has fallen down on.
 Magnolia Bakery
Then for my birthday I got a cookbook , More from Magnolia, without any photographs to speak of. In the centre are a few pages of gaudy looking cakes and the whole thing has mint green and black text.
Apple Cake from the Magnolia Bakery
It really is a visual atrocity and I nearly shelved it without more than a cursary glance but first cake used ingredients that I had in the house and I had a spare hour so thought I would give it a go.
Apple Cake from the Magnolia Bakery
All I can say is YUM! It was delicious and lasted less than twenty four hours. I have subsequently made the second cake Banana , Coconut and Pecan bread which disapeared equally fast - so fast I didn't even get a photo. Both cakes have been made again yesterday and maybe because I couldnt see what they were supposed to look like I have felt confident enough to tinker with the recipes. I probably won't talk about this book again on here but I have decided to make everything in it at least once. I am trying for a cake a week and you can see the results on Flickr.
So as I write, I realise that it not that I am truly superficial( though perhaps a little bit) but more that I have a strong sense of what is visually appealing to me as I guess we all do.

Arianwen xx

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Tip Toe-ing Back

Back to School
Sorry it has been a while but somehow the summer seems to precious to spend anytime in front of the computer when there are so many other things to do. Everyone went back to school today and I have spent the last couple of weeks in a knitting frenzy of blue. The last of the school sweaters. It really is the end of an era.
Back to School
It doesn't seem like five minutes since I was making the first of them for Elenya just before she started school. In reality that was nearly 10 years ago. On this blog I think there have been at least three lots! Inigo's was fairly bog standard to knit. Oriana's was fun. I found the pattern on Ravelry for free I lengthened both the arms and the body and also added button holes every two inches. I was planning on more conservative buttons but there wasn't really anything that took my fancy at my local button shop and Oriana liked the spots. I think she made a good choice they make the cardigan. Back to School
I swore the last two were the last, I made them large enough, but the king cole yarn has burred and fluffed so much that they look like furry monsters when they wear them. So this time these are made in cheap acrylic. I am assured they are warm and cuddley so hopefully they will last the year.

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