Saturday, 9 December 2017

Dear me, it's December

As I write this, I am waiting for the Big Snow. I am knitting yet another pair of top down mittens, this time with a smaller 1 over 1 twist cable. It should have been a wide cable sideways knitted cuff, but I decided there was no way I could join that on neatly. Finished up with an applied I-cord bind-off. Hmm, if I can do I-cord sideways, why can't I knit sideways? Christmas Event at Rudd last weekend was their most successful ever. Nice to be a part of it. Only knitted seven Christmas scarves with visitors, but toasted many more crumpets over the fire. On 1st December released details about Going Round in Circles in Kegworth Sock Machine Extravaganza Encounter Eighteen. Bookings already up to 22 - my break-even point is 21.37, so hurrah!

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Galloping on

Another flurry of mittens - yet I can't wear them for driving! Green ones from freebie at London Yarn Crawl. Double cuff, embrpidered afterwards Because I thought with this style and extra needed for cuff I might run out of yarn, mused about knitting from tip down. Ridiculously easy, and so easy to mark the thumbline - shall certainly so some this way again! The cables at the wrist naturally draw it in. Red ones using the "alpaca" from Stylecraft (20% alpaca, 80% acrylic - how are they allowed to call is just Alpaca?). Used leftovers from Erika's cardi to make her puppet mitts from French pattern which just happened to be almost the same colours. I have now just abut run out of inspiration, so going back to museum handwarmers for a bit. Happy to report I have raised over £1000 for the museum this year, with handwarmer sales, teaching on CSM, the Event in March and French pattern translation for Teresa. CD Museum had craft exhibition over two weekends. I reduced gloves etc to £5 and sold four pieces. After entry fee and commission, made a mere £6 - not much money for a lot of effort, and I really thought some kinchaku bags would go. Hey ho, six of them have now been used to "wrap" Christmas presents.

Monday, 13 November 2017

A cushion for Bobbie

My dearest friend Bobbie was christened Euphemia. She switched to Bobbie aged about 20, then when she went in a Nursing Home aged 84 changed back to Effie - even she doesn’t know why! She has insipred me in the past to do tea cosies and other designs. I love her to bits. She always sits in the same chair, and asked me to adjust her back cushion the other day, so that’s when I got the idea - a cushion with both Bobbie and Effie on it. Bought cushion interior first. 16 inch square from local shop, duck feathers She used to keep ducks when she and Dick lived in France, so she will appreciate this. All sock yarn remnants, back done first, 112 sts x 160 rows to get size, yarn changed approx every 10 rows or when it ran out. Punched a card with Bobbie and Effie. had to make letters smaller than normal to fit. Turned Effie upside down. Four strips of 30 sts, sewn after. All lettering same shade of yellow/gold. I cord of 5 sts in yellow. The pile of sock yarn has gone down a bit, but need to work harder as I bought these goodies at the Nottingham Yarn Expo on Saturday:

Monday, 23 October 2017

Apples, apples, and yet more apples

Our James Grieve apple tree is not very big - I keep it to the height of the trellis, six foot, But it is prolific. When cooked, it does not "mush" down like a Bramley, but keeps some of its shape. It hardly needs any added sugar. Block after block has gone in the freezer, one pot of "compote" is in the fridge, cakes have been made (and eaten). When I France I came across a jam recipe meant for Granny Smith, works equally as well here, but next time I think I will use Calvados instead of vodka Twice as much fruit as sugar. Peeled, chopped. No water. Usual jam set test then throw in a slug of vodka. One variety of apple cake is a spnge mix, topped with sliced unpeeled fruit. Another variety is with chopped peeled fruit inside it (from old Preserves book). We like micnemeat tart that has a thick layer of apple under the mincemeat, then a lattice of pastry on top. All this is taking me away from my knitting! But have completed John's kilt hose and a cardi for Erika. Plus Donegal tweed mitts

Friday, 6 October 2017

Oh October

Today I have achieved my three score years and ten. Do I look it?

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Great London Yarn Crawl

Gosh, what a day. Tired before I got to first shop- Left home about 6:45, train from EMP, one underground, one overground tube, then a bus, and into shop at 10:10. Made most welcome though, with tea and cakes. In fact three of the fours shops on the day provided this. Last one didn't even have any chairs, but bus stop right outside for getting back to Tufnell Park and a certain little girl's fifth birthday the next day. Three goody bags, very generous, plus bought Donegal tweed for some mitts, one sock yarn and some paper yarn for my labels. Plus a book I am saving for my birthday, on Dutch Ganseys - my usual favourite format of half history, half patterns. Interesting day, but not enough stamina to want to do it again. One of shops has given a £5 voucher to be used in next year, but no website so have to go in.....

Monday, 4 September 2017

Putting hose before chart

Somehow seem to have missed August! Went on fantastic family hols to Polperro, 22 of us. In the museum was pleased to see the story of Willie Sterr's jumper given some prominence. I came across this story many years ago in book on Cornish Knit Frocks by Mary Wright, and it was lovely to be reminded of it. Basically, woman knits Guernsey. Son (or perhaps grandson) loses jumper. Woman sees jumper a couple of years later, recognises the patterns on it, calls police. Asked how she knows it is that jumper, many others have similar patterns. “Because I knitted a W under one arm, an S under the other”. “What’s your chap’s name?” “Willie Steer”. Pointing at thief - “what’s his?” Making kilt hose for John, did soem measuring up in Polperro. As I am going on a short workshop in November on cables, this made me think I am perhaps putting the hose before the chart, as by then I will probably be quite sick of Aran type yarn.