Thursday, February 19, 2009

Hooray! Some knitting pics at long last!

As you know, I have been knitting the Debbie Abrahams mystery blanket, of that I am hoping to take some pics tomorrow, but for now, here are my 2 knitting companions..

As you can see, it's a relaxed environment!!

So, over the last few weeks, I have knitted 2 neck warmers. Firstly, for me, the Caera Cowl which I found over on Zebraknits. I knitted it in some lovely Malabrigo silky which Stacey kindly sent me, and I put it on as soon as it was off the needles, without even sewing in the ends...ssshhhhhh! (which I have now done!)

Then I knitted Lily one in worsted weight malabrigo, from Exercise Before Knitting design pages here.
It's Ridged Lace Cowl. I am naming mine Purple Haze. The yarn, again, was a gift from Stacey, and praise indeed that Lily will wear it as she is sooo sensitive to anything even REMOTELY related to itchy, but she loves this. The first picture show the pattern better and the second picture shows a truer colour.

It has even gone to Paris with her!

I have also knitted Tiennie's Scrappy Flap Hat, but mine is called Scrappy Flappy Hat.
What a cool design...go over to Tiennie Knits to check out the variations!
Here's mine blocking

Let me first impress you with the neat inside...

Then after sewing on the bobbles, which Lily made

And finally, being modelled by it's owner (it's also gone to Paris!)

Excuse the teenage bedroom scenery!

We love it! Thank you, Tiennie for the pattern.
Rob already has an order in for his!

Finally, I'll leave you with a photo of me and my 17 year old baby on her birthday. Can I just say in my defence, I had had a minor op that morning and it was snowing heavily, but we still made it out 20 miles away to the best Chinese restaurant around.
Where there's a will, there's a way!!!!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Fearless Knitting

Although I have been a rubbish blogger, I can at least try to impress you and excuse my absence with my knitting news!

I have finished something, a hat I found over at Tiennie's blog, and which she has kindly made a free download and I love it.

Here's the one she made

Lily is off to Paris for a few days on Wednesday and she wants to take it with her. We are in the process of making pom poms for it and I shall show it off when it's truly finished. I don't have a pom pom maker (unlike some, Stacey!!) and so we have had to revert to the cereal box method, of olden days!!

I also joined the Debbie Abraham's Mystery Blanket in January and am now on the second set of squares. At first I wasn't too impressed, but I am starting to love them, and am on number 6. They are a good way of stretching my knitting ability, rather than staying in a safe zone, as I have done cabling, swiss darning and beading, to name but a few techniques. I promise to show you soon.

My Babette is horrible, I don't like the colours in the way they are in the pattern, and so have decided to restart that, and make the colours work as I go along. I trust my eye for it more that the pattern I think, so I am hoping it will work.

Lily was 17 last week, and sadly for her it has been so snowy that she hasn't been able to get out driving, but hopefully she will be able to when she comes back from France.

Valentine's Day was yesterday and we had a lovely day and then tried to go and see Slumdog Millionaire, but it was full :( So we rented In Bruges instead and had a cosy night in with some popcorn.......!

No much else to report, really. I am also making a quilt which I am loving. I will try to take some photos this week so you can see my efforts!

Hope you are all managing to stay warm!