This is the other Jacob's Block I made. I'm making two quilts on our journey with the quillow. I absolutely love the bright colours of reproduction thirties fabric. I didn't at first because I've always loved a muted colour palette, but when I saw a Alison's first thirties quilt I was smitten. I especially love the 'conversation' prints with bunnies and cats, windmills and sheep. Not everyone's cup of tea I know but these are for me!
Sunday, 29 January 2012
Very quick to knit and lovely and cosy to wear. I also used the kitchener method to graft the two ends together. Thank you YouTube. I bought the wool in the Fenwick's sale and have enough to knit some wrist warmers (already started). The patterns are Sirdar 9496 which are in a booklet (410) called Chic Winter Knits. Now I'm going to do some housework so that I can continue, guilt free, with designing the Flying Geese block for February.
Wednesday, 25 January 2012
The Jacobs ladder block didn't quite go to plan. One of the units is the wrong way round. I didn't notice when I sewed it. Top right hand side is the wrong way round. Then I left all the instructions at home and had to go back. It wouldn't have been so bad except that I was much later than normal because I had a late meeting at work and poor Mavis had to start the class without instructions. Then I forgot the milk for the coffee and had to scrabble about for enough change because I didn't have my purse which was back at the Crafts House. My change purse which I keep for car parking was, for some reason, not in the car but in my bag. Then the next day I found out the pictures on the instructions for the mystery quilt were back to front. Sorry everyone - normal service will be resumed next month.
Well I feel like I knitted this about four times I had to unpick it so much. I'm glad I persevered though cos it's lovely to wear. The name of the pattern is Swallow Tails and is a free Ravelry download. You can't really see them but it has lovely little beads knited into the bit before the border. The purple scarf I knitted earlier is also from Ravelry and called Summer Flies. I've started a new turquoise cowl which is really fast to knit but I'm a bit clumsy with 6.5mm needles. I like the delicate 3mm although the knitting is much slower. Still it's the process I enjoy as much as the end product.
Sunday, 22 January 2012
Sunday, 8 January 2012
These are Sandra's mittens - knitted as a present for Christmas - the surprise? I texted her, before Christmas, to say I needed to hurry up and finish them. Not sure if there is a problem with my mobile messaging, software or liveware. If you see her ask her what I texted last night.....
By the way the lovely Steph is modelling the mittens - I didn't knit her jumper but I would love the pattern.
Sunday, 1 January 2012
This is probably the most frustrating thing I have knitted. Like Morecambe and Wise on the piano - all the right notes, just not necessarily in the right order. Please note the lovely giant pink cup which tames the ball of wool. Alison gave it to me for Christmas but at my time of life I don't really want to be drinking giant cups of liquid. It is perfect for stopping the wool dancing across the room picking up fluff and crumbs. (Housework gets slotted in when time allows). When the project is finished it will be a lovely (?) lacy shawl. Watch this space.