Saturday, 25 June 2011
Callooh! Callay! (s)He chortled in his joy.
Speaking of books, I also picked up a discounted copy of "Country Weekend Knits - 25 classic patterns for timeless knitwear" by Madeline Weston at a bookshop in London last week. There are some really nice things in it. Each chapter, 'Ganseys', 'Fair Isle', 'Aran', and 'Shetland Lace' starts with a short history of the traditions associated with that type of knitting, then goes on to several patterns updating the stitch patterns to traditional yet modern styles. I was a bit disappointed that there are no diagrams and several patterns don't even have charts, so it's a bit of a detective game to work out what shape the knit pieces are and I would need to chart out the written instructions so I didn't get lost. The photography is gorgeous, lots of montages of classic island living, stitch patterns etc.
I'm halfway along the foot of my Cookie A Sunshine Sock and it's fitting well, and I've sewn on about 2/3rds of the border to my Learn to Knit Afghan - which is starting to look very quilt-like now.
I needed a new brainless knit for telly viewing and knit group. I had some lovely Knitwitches 'Seriously Gorgeous Swiss Silk with Kid Mohair' that I got on sale at one of the I-knit Weekends. I've now cast on for the Knit Picks 'City Tweed Drop Stitch Shawl'. It's quite eay to knit and is showing the yarn off well. I'm not adding the knit-on fringe, and I think I will try to make it crescent-shaped rather than triangular.
Finally, it's that time of year when you have to look at my spectacular rose bush. I took these pictures just after a morning rain shower. These roses are about the size of my hand, just amazing (and even more amazing that they haven't died, in my garden...)
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