Monday, June 15, 2009

Short yet Destructive

This afternoon as I readied to go and collect the children from school it started to rain. It wasn't that heavy but I grabbed raincoats and umbrellas just in case.

We returned home to find this:

Even though the storm hit at the school we just didn't realise how destructive it was. A neighbours industrial sized shed has had the corners of the roof turned up. All the wheelies bins were blown over. It was as if a mini cyclone had hit. I'm just glad I left Marley inside, I'd hate to think what could have happened to him.

Of course now the sun is out and it is a lovely winters afternoon. The funny thing is, winter is our dry season and there are usually no storms.

Keep smiling :-)

It was worth the wait...

For quite a while I'd been considering buying Cookie A's Sock Innovation and Wendy Johnson's Socks from the Toe Up. They arrived on my doorstep this morning and don't I wish I'd ordered them earlier. They are both wonderful reference books as well as containing beautiful sock patterns. Now I just have to find time to knit some...

They have joined my two other all time favourite sock books, Laura Chau's Teach Yourself Visually Sock Knitting and Cat Bordhi's New Pathways for Sock Knitters, to be thumbed through over and over for inspiration, techniques and simply a good sock pattern to knit.

I've been dedicating a little time over the past week to lace knitting. You will notice a common theme in these projects, the yarn - Malabrigo sock. I've fallen in love. It is such a wonderful yarn to use in lace. Though Merino is has a lustre and feel reminiscent of silk and look how well the patterns define on a 3.5mm needle.

Dodile's North Roe Shawl in Eggplant. The lovely Odile has agreed to let us teach this pattern at Tangled Yarns. Of course I already have my lovely Blue Moon Fiber Arts Laci North Roe but thought it would be good to show students how it looks in a fingering weight. Yes I know Kelly, I also had a little trouble resisting the yarn so what better excuse :).

Next we have Laura Chau's Milkweed Shawl in the Persia Colourway.

And finally a lace scarf, in the Turner colourway, that I'm designing for our other Lace class at Tangled Yarns.

And yes I'm still spinning. Look at this gorgeous green I picked up at QSPFA's latest open day. I'll show you the finished product when I reach that stage.

Keep smiling :-)