Sunday, 25 September 2016

Now for something completely different.....Knitting!

Ravelry is dangerous!  You can be innocently reading a thread and see something that makes you go wow! Immediately you want to make it, it nags at you until you go rummaging in your stash bins.

This weekend I was reading a thread on Ravelry (The ColourfuL Cal/Kal Group) that I hadn’t noticed before.  It was for a Fair Isle Kal, the work was stunning.  So I went in search of patterns and found some that I liked but they all had you cutting the knitting, now that TERRIFIES me, steeking, it is called.  No way was I going to that, I am a terribly slow knitter and purl/knit is my limit, I just couldn’t cut into something that I had put a lot of time and effort, what if I botched it!  Telling myself “I don’t knit, what is the fuss!”  So I flagged the idea, but, last night dreamt of wonderful Fair Isle Jerseys, waistcoats and scarfs. 

 This morning bright and early, well it would have been if it hadn’t been Daylight Saving Weekend, lost an hour grrr…  I had an idea; I have several Kaffe Fassett books surely there would be something there that would suit a novice…. Eureka!  In the Glorious Colour book there was a pattern that was just the job – Persian Poppies Waistcoat see photo, here’s the Ravelry link via my project page, but the photo here is better than the Ravelry one.

As you can see my fingers were very twitchy and I got started, that nearly took all day, I am very slow.

There are some questions I would like to ask you more experienced Knitters, I find that it rolling up from the bottom is it because there is no ribbing, it starts with a purl row and the first 9 rows are folded back and makes a hem. 
Two, I am not sure if I am doing the carrying of the wool right?, and also  I am wondering if my tension is too tight?

Would the unevenness block out?

I am not worried if I have to start again if I am doing it wrong, I need to get more wool and I won’t know till tomorrow if the local wool shops still have these colours in stock, the wool is a merino  wool from Adriafil.  I hope so as I think they are ideal for the poppies and it is lovely and soft.  If I have to start again I might treat myself to those circular needles, are they difficult to use, I have only ever used the dpns, Oh, I haven’t knitted for over 20 years! And then it was plain knitted things for kiddies.

Oh, and during the last week or so I have done some crochet, mainly the Demelza Cal, run by the Colourful Cal/Kal group.

Last week’s clues.

This week, I need to do 8 of the above and doing the rest production line, up to the last row of petals which is doable as we start on the Thursday for the next part.

The other Cal Sweet Pea is going well, Here was last week’s clues,

I haven’t finished this week’s yet will post photo next week, and I do know I need to show a photo of the Lotus Moon tile Afghan, I did get it finished in time for the Birthday party, but had no time to photograph, will get a photo when I visit the family next week.

Just seen the time, no wonder I am hungry its 7 pm and I haven’t had lunch yet!  Do you find that Daylight Saving mucks up your internal clock?

Have a happy week every body and see you on my visits.

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Bits and Pieces

I had hoped to have a picture of the finished Lotus Moon Tile Afghan, this post, but it is not to be, silly person that I am I forgot that there were triangles to do to make the sides straight.  I sat down to do them yesterday and realised I didn’t have enough white, and the shop where I get that particular wool is closed on Saturdays!  Lucky the deadline is next Friday, lol.

So that gave me an opportunity to start my next CAL, The Julie YeagerSweet Pea Mystery ‘Ghan.

My inspiration is a watercolour I did earlier in the year,  I love water colour as you can get the colours to merger into each other as the petals of sweet peas do.

I have spent ages trying work out my colour scheme and in the end decided to use a long variegated wool and a silver grey as the main.

So here is week 1 clues, they come out on Wednesdays/Thursdays, so it is a nice feeling not to be lagging behind as I usually am.

During the week I dragged out another UFO, Colourful City Bag, a project bag that was part of a Cal on the Colouirful Cals group on Ravelry.  I am dreadful at doing the finishing touches of projects as I am eager to get on to the next project, but I want to keep my Sweet Pea Bits and Pieces in it.

I have to line and sew the zip in and add handles, so quite a quick job really,  I made a butterfly to pin to the side as I felt it needed something to match the lettering.

I don’t know if I have said that I love vintage doilies, while I was in town last week I came across these in a local charity shop, all for $2.

Of course I had to get started on one, I think I will do the whole set.  Will make a wonderful gift for a family member who is into vintage china.

Well that is it for today, and I will finish the Lotus Moon this week or I will be trouble, as Kendal wants it for her birthday sleepover!

Here is a very early rose poking its head through the shrubbery!  A promise of Summer.

See you next time and have a wonderful week.

Monday, 5 September 2016

I should be......

I should be finishing my Lotus Moon Tile Afghan for Kendal…

I should be doing this month’s Bamm squares…

I should be pulling out my next UFO (The Puffed Wheat Afghan) and starting on the little squares….

I should be writing my blog post and catching up on blogs….

I should be gardening and cutting the grass…

I should be making orange marmalade with the 5 kilos of oranges that were given to me a week ago…..

I should be doing house work…..

Instead I have been sucked into a GREAT BIG VORTEX called Freeform! To be fair it is one of my 2016 projects, but at the expense of everything else? LOL! 

I made the error of checking of the IFFF group and saw that during September and October they were running a ffal on the theme of leaves and turning a new leaf. That night I had a dream that became my musing for the Ffal.


She walked into the woods shuffling the autumn leaves as she trudged on, a wind blew up and more leaves fell around her. She did not notice their vibrant colours, her head  down, she thought her life was dead and rusted as the leaves. The path ran alongside a small stream, she noticed a yellow gold leaf floating at the edge, she picked it up, it was beautiful, its shape different from the others, I wonder where it came from she mused, she turned it over, it was lime green! What, how?  She muttered, then she noticed that the light was different, lighter and a sweet scent pervaded the air.  Lifting her head she looked at the other side of the stream, there were blue skies, birds singing, flowers nodding in a gentle breeze, the trees were alive with green leaves.  Astonished she turned the leaf over, suddenly, it was dark, dank and a chill passed over her.  She looked behind back down the path she had walked.  In the distance she could see a golden glow, beautiful, but so far away, her past glories?  Turning the leaf over the spring like scene appeared again , she wanted to so much be part of it but the stream separated her from it.  Maybe she could jump the stream?  It was rather wide.  Indecision stalled her.  A Bellbird sang its song to her, calling her, "Come life is for living!"  She took a deep breath and ran to the edge and leapt into her new life.

My start on this musing

Then last night when I should have been writing this post, I started on this piece

Would you say I am addicted to freeform!?!  Yep!

I have been getting on with Lotus Moon Tile Afghan last week and I am in the process of joining the octagons and squares, still have the triangle bits to crochet (they go on the sides to make the edges straight.)

I have to say I love the “join as you go” that Polly Plum suggests it is so neat looking, and so easy to do.

The link on how to do it is here.

On the front of Marmalade making I have started on making some covers for the jars that I am giving away.

In real life it is more orange and I think I will use raffia to tie them on the jars, hopefully by next week I will have made the marmalade!

Also next week I will show you a picture of the finished Moon Tiles. 

I still haven’t written the blog post for the award that Anna of Annas Simple crochet gave me.  So I will do it quickly here.

The rules:
1) Name who has given you the award
2) Name the rules and post your award
3) Share 7 things about you
4) Nominate up to 7 blogs and inform them of the award

7 Things about myself
I I like to see the funny side of life (love laughing a lot)
2   I am reading David Balducci’s Total Control at the moment.
3  My favourite season is Spring, everything is so fresh and vivid.
4  I am a hopeless romantic.
   If we didn’t have to worry about protein I could just live on vegetables and fruit.
I  I hate strong winds.
I  I love elderly people, they have so much knowledge, and it is fascinating to hear them talk of the old days.  Also their sense of humour often astounds me.

As to the nominations, I have struggled with this as many of the blogs I visit don’t accept them etc etc, so I am going to cheat and offer it to any of the YOP group, please feel free to take it and post.  I couldn’t choose as they are all lovely.  If you are not part of the YOP group click on link below (banner) and it will take you to the list of participants.  (I don’t know if non Ravelry people can view without belonging, does any one know)

Well that’s it today; I now can cross blog writing off my list for a week, so on to finishing the Afghan joining, then I will let myself do some more of my ffal panels!

See you again next week or on my rounds.