Sunday, August 30, 2009

Goodbye Ms Stirling

Friday was Connor's teachers last day before going on maternity leave. She will be sorely missed by both children and parents. As a little parting gift I made a knee rug for her (not that she can use it now with 30+ degree Celsius temperatures in winter!) using Elizabeth Zimmerman's pattern for Garter Stitch Blanket in Sheepsdown.

The yarn is Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Worsted in oatmeal and pistachio.

There are a few more finished objects but have to be kept under wraps for the moment.

Keep smiling :-)

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Men at Work

The men of the house were hard at work yesterday afternoon. G bought home two boxes of wood and C provided assistance - both positive and some not so positive.

Me and my Dad. See we even dress alike down to the same brand sports shoe.

All the bits and pieces. Wonder whats in the box?

And this is the finished object. Any guesses?

It's called a Wooden Dummy and is used in Wing Chun style Kung Fu for practicing blocking as well as conditioning arms and legs.

The plan today is to make a platform so the children can use it too. They will start learning the basics very soon after their grading from white to yellow belt.

Keep smiling :-)

Friday, August 7, 2009

Finished Objects!

Now there's something I haven't said for a while.

I actually have two finished items.

Firstly is my Soft Waves Afghan. It uses 9 colours in Cascade Yarns 220 Heathers combined with a Ripple Stitch pattern from Jan Eaton's famous book of ripple stitches.

My second FO is the blue shawl in Jo Sharp Silk Road Tweed DK - one of my favourite yarns. The pattern is Kællingesjal 1897 - recreation from Vendsyssel Museum, Denmark. Well it is more of a recipe than a pattern however it was fun to make and a change from lace.

Well I'm off to find a nice spot in the sun to knit.

Keep smiling :-)

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Ideas running...

through my head.

My fascination with shawls is neverending but recently I've been intrigued by smaller simpler versions.

While at Tangled Yarns recently I picked up these two beautiful skeins of Handmaiden both in the colourway Smoke but one is Silk Bamboo and the other Silk Linen.

I can see the bamboo as the body of the scarf in a simple stitch such as garter or varient there of and the linen as the border again in a simple garter stitch pattern.

The following arrived today courtesy of the postman and the wonderful emtnestr on eBay - 5 lovely skeins of Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in the Baltic Sea colourway.

Again I see a triangular shawl/scarf with a very simply body of garter stitch and a garter stitch lace edge.

Well I'm off to swatch.

Keep smiling :-)