Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Two in one Month!


Yesterday was our 25th Wedding Anniversary.  And it came as a bit of a surprise to be honest.  Not that we have managed 25 years (as people have been congratulating us both on doing), but that it has been 25 years!  To me, it really doesn't feel that long at all, day to day, it's been an adventure and on the whole I think I shall be looking forward to the next bit.

I managed to catch a cold from somewhere about 3 weeks ago and have been officially uninterested in most things for the last couple of weeks. Finally, I'm managing to get over it helped by lots of prescription meds and rest and this morning the newest one arrived which seems to be really quite effective!  And about time.

IMAG0158IMAG0159Just before I went splat, I managed to cut out some patterns for a winter wardrobe (in time this year!) so I shall slowly piece and sew those in the next week or so and make an effort to get back on my feet. Again. And hopefully I shall be back to spinning and weaving in the next week or so, but slowly, very slowly......  I the meanwhile, a lot of feet up with knitting is being done. (It's a shame, the camera on my phone is quite useless.  It's leached all the colour from the fabulous clotted creamy Merino D'Arles from John Arbon)

Friday, 11 September 2015

Little Victories

It really has been a couple of weeks, the pollen count is up and my lungs have decided that filling up with snot is the way to go.  Which has slowed me up even more than usual!  So it has been a week of little victories and slow pottering.

I finally got around to washing some yarn that I finished a couple of months or so ago.  It's 300gms of Black BFL (Freyalyn's Iris) and 200gm of John Arbons Polworth.  I love the sublety of colour and sheen on it and so warm and snuggy.

After being in charge when the kettle stopped working, the spin dryer blew the fuses throughout the house, and several other minor catastrophes, the boys informed me that I was to do NOTHING involving electricity, or sharp objects for a couple of days....

So I have been spinning.  I'm now on the 3rd colour of the most fabulous BFL/Shetland fleece from Fernhill Farm.
Islmost spins itself.  But as I am spinning it all worsted it's taking a wee bit more concentration than usual.  Also, it is to be used as a warp so it has all to be consistant and fine.... It helps when the quality is this good though.

A visit to the Lung clinic yesterday was useful, and I now have yet more medication on it's way.  If it works it will be a step forward...

Due to the medication... I'm in the enviable position of having to replace me entire wardrobe due to the summers additional steroids have put me 
up an additional 3 dress sizes and none of my clothes fit! But this is good!  This means I get to make myself lots of new clothes.... (Small Victories!)

I've even been able to start knitting the Layette for my brother and his wife....  It's handspun Merino D'Arles from John Arbon fabulous stuff so light and bouncy and a totally brainless knit!  It's the Stonington Shawl from Elizabeth Zimmermann's Knitting Workshop and I really can't work out why I haven't cast this on before!

Oh well ever onward.

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Dresses and Margaret Beaufort.

IMAG0107IMAG0106To begin, is an odd kimono/beach thingy that my Mother in Law was kind enough to give me.  Now whilst I am the first to admit that I am of generous proportions, the idea of wearing tent didn't really appeal.  So I popped it on Mavis and had a think.  Several weeks later my cogitations came to fruition and went like this. First; I reshaped the neck. and cut out and shaped the arm holes. Then; I rolled the hem on the  neck and armholes and top stitched with a decorative embroidery stitch. (I do like my Pfaff).  Finally; I cut patch pockets from the fabric cut out of the new arm holes inverted it and sewed elastic to the top seam.  I then lined the seam (the old shoulder seam) with the side seam and sewed them on as patch pockets, allowing the elastic to gather and smooth the line of the dress without loosing the fullness of the skirt.

And voila! A flattering summer dress.


Secondly, after a great deal of procrastination, I finally knitted the button bands on to the Magaret Beaufort design by Alice Starmore.  After which, it was just a case of buttons and here we are.  I'm finding that with the changeable weather, I'm wearing it far more than I thought I would in July!

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Button holes

This is a note to me, so please feel free to totally ignore.

In the last week I have knitted not 1, but 2 lots of button holes and to be honest I've been very disappointed in the way that they turned out.  So the last lot got tinked and I started over. after great thought I came up with the following.  A buttonhole that doesn't need tidying.

Row 1 :
k to st before buttonhole. (SSK, K2tog)  Continue and repeat evenly spaced.

Row 2:
P to first decrease. (P1,K1 into st, wrap 2, K 1,P1) Continue and repeat at every buttonhole.

Row 3:

K to st before double wrap. K first wrap into st. K second wrap into next st. Continue and repeat at every double wrap.

Ta Da!

Thank you very much.....