Monday, August 29, 2011

Sad News...

...from this little corner. Our lovely mewler Miss Bingo (aka Lily, Lilith, Martha, Lilith Martha Malone, Patch, Mogus, the Maid and about a hundred other names) passed on to higher catly things on Friday night.
She was an old girl who'd had a good life, but that only reduces the sadness by a minuscule fraction. She was ours for just over five years as we were her third set of owners and definitely her favourites. She was a gentle, dear creature. We're missing her very much.

Friday, August 26, 2011

So where were we..

.. ah yes I was off to Ghent - super beautiful weekend - look see:
The centre building there with the black umbrellas outside is the oldest building in Ghent from the 1200's, a grain store on the docks where the markets were held I think, now a swanky restaurant.
This folk museum used to be an almshouse where they sent old ladies to live out their days. There was a little flea market happening in front of it. 
Nina looking beautiful on our boat trip.




My visit coincided with a little festival celebrating the area of the city which contains lots of restaurants and bars.
 I love the ornate facades of so many of the buildings but this was my favourite.
It's hard to see on the photos but the centre of each flower was set with a light.

It's a city that loves it food and its beer. Lots of cafe culture, we stuck with it despite the lack of sun. As I'm just back from being cooked in Southern Germany for work (sorry forgot camera for that trip!) the cool and cloudiness of Belgium seems ideal. Here it's very rainy and cold but am hoping for better this weekend.
It's definitely a great city to visit, plenty of fun to be had as evidenced by the amount of stag and hen parties we saw on the Saturday - I loved the Smurfs best.
And my favourite souvenir was mainly courtesy of The Knitting Express - finished socks - yippee - Ravelled here.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Peplum-tastic

Ooh ooh sewing I love you! I just sewed a peplum! Peplum peplum peplum - love that word. It was a smidge fiddly. Doing the gathering and pinning I was wondering at the wisdom of this choice of project:
but now look:
Soooooo cute hey? This is just a couple of hours (spread over two evenings) work - hasn't my sewing improved?

I'm making the Summer Fun Playtop from one of the fab sewing books - One Yard Wonders - I got for my birthday - thank you to Fran for the gift and to Charity for the recommendation - it's the one skein wonders equivalent for sewing and it's great.

I'm a little stuck now as I haven't joined the edge seams of the back outer and lining and yet the only instruction left is for the buttonholes - hmmm. I decided it was time for a break and a google - there are errata here which is useful to know if anyone does use this book - can't see a correction so it may just be tired eyes reading the instructions wrong. Another good reason to have a rest I think! My googling did turn up this sew-along where they've just got to this top so hopefully I can nab some tips from there when they've made it and read up on other projects I'm planning on tackling.

Sock knitting for me this weekend - yes weekend even though it's only Thursday - yippee - day off work tomorrow and I'm off to Belgium on the Eurostar (or the Knitting Express) - to Ghent to see a lovely friend I haven't seen since last October. Ooh full of the joys of peplumming I'm going to bounce along! Wishing you all bouncey, flouncey weekends.

Friday, August 05, 2011

A perfect start to the weekend

I got away from work on time and the first sight that greeted me as I got out of the car was our front bed buzzing - four species of bumblebee (buff-, white- and red-tailed and the common carder) and about a dozen honey bees feasting on the lavender in the warmth of the afternoon sun. The noise was truly fabulous.
 I took so many blurry photos for just a few in focus, though sometimes blurry is best. This one below captures more about the feel of sitting on our path in the baking sun with winged creatures flying all round than any other shot I took. 
Then I headed out to the back garden to lay out my squares together to look at what colour combinations I should focus on to get a nice balance. When allowed the rare treat of choosing which colour I should add next my Mr always tells me to go for black and it's only seeing it on screen that I realise he's quite the expert colour adviser. The darker colours balanced with the light work much better from a distance. The squares like a red, yellow, orange combo that are my favourites close up are my least favourites when it's viewed as a whole.
I think I'm going to aim for 8x11 for a little blankie for a little lovely I know; though it might be that as I close in on 88 I decide to keep on going. A blanket the size of the throw underneath would be a treat but I'm already itching for other blanket projects so we'll see where we end up.

Thursday, August 04, 2011

And in the background..

..while knitting and sewing have been getting all the attention I've just, here and there, been making my pretty granny squares. This is now the ultimate in relaxing craft-ivity for me - what a difference a few months and lots of practice makes! 
I got some new colours of Patons Diploma Gold DK for my birthday so the latest squares have been featuring a new daring building brick shade of orange and a darker more muted green in particular. I've just been squirrelling the squares away in bag so knew they were mounting up but not quite how much. 49 squares already, I'm going to go and play some more and think about actual blanket plans. It surprises I'm getting close to that already.

Monday, August 01, 2011

La Miette Jaune est fini..

..AND I LOVE HER!
Pattern: Miette by Andi Satterlund
Yarn: All Seasons Cotton in Sunny
Needles: 4.5 and 5mm
Started: July 8th 2011
Finished: July 31st 2011
Though I think the look on my face here expresses The Traumas I go through to bring you a modelled shot!! I always like to see other people wearing their knits so I try though it can be painful! 
Here's a more reasonable buttoned up shot and we didn't need the top of my head anyway did we? I also think I look a bit dwarfy but praps that's because I am. I actually think I'll wear it more unbuttoned. I don't think the raglan style does me any favours around the shoulder/upper arm area but it is a peach to knit from the top.
It's all knitted as written except that I did the arms on 4.5mm rather than 5mm as that was the size I had in a nice short circ and the buttons are on the wrong side as I skim read the instructions and did the right button band without button holes - that's what knitting at a festival gets you! This is a super fast knit as I am super slow and yet it took me less than a month. I think I didn't get distracted by something shiny and new as all the way through I was convinced I was going to love the FO. The yarn feels like a squishy, ultra wearable dream, I love the colour and it's a simple knit with just those few little details to add a little interest.
Here I model the cuff for you - a nice twisted rib with a purl border and the pretty eyelet line around the edge  of the whole cardi is lovely.
Huzzah no more photos!
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