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Thursday, June 22, 2006

Finally Finished Objects!

Just a few photos a recent F.O.'s

Firstly, my sleeveless, non-apolcalypse hoodie!! - Which has finished nothing like the pattern, but I am happy with it, and have already started the pattern again, for a more wintry knit in more of the manner it was written!!! This is made in Colinette Isis in colourway Dusk. To be honest Isis is a pig to knit - it has no give whatsoever, and is impossible to count guage with as you cannot see the stitches (Consequently this is a bit bigger than I would have chosen, but it's comfy!). Having said that, when knitted it is like the softest, softest, towelling you will ever feel, really scrummy and cuddly! - I think every woman should have a jumper in this for those days when they're feeling "female!" - It'd make you feel better just to be all cuddled up in this!! - I didn't bother with the two rows from each skein nonsense, 'cos frankly I'm more of a botch it merchant, and I would have been quite happy with colour blocking. As it happens I don't think I really got any anyway! I was going to crop down the photo, so it didn't show too much of my very untidy conservatory, but as most of my readers are crafters, you will understand the mess, as we have so much going on at one time eh? - There is even a little bit of work on the table!!!!!! If you click the photo to get it at it's full size you will get a better idea of the colours, which I have to say are truly stunning. (You will also see the mess in all its glory!)

This is the DROPS top I made with some linen and cotton I got off eBay for a bargain price! - It's way shorter than the pattern, (or I'm taller??? - which I doubt!) and it has been blocked, but I didn't realise how short it was when I blocked it, so may try again - but it turns out it looks really nice over a vest top, or one of those hippie cheesecloth shirts that I am often to be found in during the summer! (Notice my crafting skills haven't included repairing the rip in my jeans!!)

And here it is from the side, to show the crochet non-seam!!

There are no photos of the ribbon top - because a) I forgot!, and b) I haven't quite decided if I like it yet, - it may yet be frogged and turned into something else - a handsome prince maybe??!

Monday, June 19, 2006

2nd in a day

This morning I took my beloved Spotley for a long walk as the heat has finally diminished a little and there was a nice warm breeze. Now my girl is generally a lazy little toad (like her mum!) until you take the lead off, when apparently everything must be done at 100 miles an hour, with no stopping or slowing 'til you fall exhausted back into the foot well of the car!! So we walked through woods and shady bits and up a grassy knoll and along a path, through some tall bracken, and over a few brambles and stingers - and we didn't stop once. . . . . . . . UNTIL !!!!!. . . . . . . .

. . . . . . she found the only puddle in drought ridden Surrey, and not only got in it - but positively snuggled down, I mean really wriggled and tucked herself in!!!! The photo really doesn't do her justice - and also doesn't give any idea of the stench of wet dog that accompanied this sight! - I have to say I had to laugh, well if I hadn't I would have cried!!!!

Worst thing was when we got home - and in the prescence of a hosepipe ban, i had to sponge her down - which she wasn't very happy about (but she doesn't wash herself at all - if anyone knows how I can teach her I'd be grateful), so she sporadically shook and covered me in watered down mud! - Ahhh bless her - NOT!


I didn't go to the Angel Yarns open day that was this weekend - so possibly everyone else's blog will be far more interesting than mine!!!! - I know I have no will-power and just at the moment pennies won't quite stretch to yarn stash that I don't actually need!!!!!! - I will be there next time though - especially now I have seen some of the photos!!!

On Saturday we did venture out to a countryman's game fair in Sussex. It was a really hot day - and we took both dogs. Met J&S there and wandered around the fair in awe of the old trades that are still alive if you look! There were demonstrations on several types of working dogs, ferreting, falconry, heavy horses (although we missed them!) and some mad axeman! There were also stickmakers, spinners (yay I did get some wool feeling in!) basketmakers, wood-turners. . . . and loads more that I can't remember. There were also the obligatory, far too expensive, food outlets! Loads of people had taken their dogs, and it was good to see that the organisers had put out plenty of water bowls for them around the grounds, so we encountered every kind of spaniel, terrier, hound, and retriever! Most far better behaved than mine!

Yesterday, was therefore a recovery day - It's amazing how tired you get having been out in the fresh air and heat all day. (Well I do anyway!) So I lazed in the garden drinking tea, and reading the Voyage of the Dawn Treader (I'm working my way through the Chronicles of Narnia - again!)

I have finished my hoodie - which has morphed into a sleeveless top - as when I tried it on for OH to comment on length - he decided it looked really good as it was - with no sleeves - so there it is! and as there were no seams - it was instantly finished! - YAY!- Piccies when I have someone to take one of me, 'cos I'm not faffing about with all that self-timing nonsense again! All my current WIP's are now finished, so I need to root through my stash and decide what to make next! hmmmmm not sure if I'm in that kind of a decision making mood today - so it will probably end up being socks!

Thanks to all the millions of traders who commented on my last post (you useless lot), but I don't need you any more anyway (nerrr!)- in hindsight I KNOW I was right, 'cos I'd have lost loads if I'd stayed in the trade! and thank you to the knitters who did comment - I was grateful for your input - especially as it made your head hurt!

Have a nice week everyone x