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Friday, 14 September 2012

Thistledown colourway
















::this is a new colourway called 'Thistledown' in Louisa Harding's hand-dyed Grace silk yarn::

::it was inspired by a photo I took of another Louisa Harding project I posted on Ravelry::

::Louisa wrote to me to tell me that it had inspired her and then sent me some of the yarn::

::now I think I will design something that reflects all the elements of Louisa's work that I enjoy and that I will use on a daily basis::

::I have some ideas formulating but as yet I feel intimidated by the preciousness of the act of giving and the yarn itself to want to actually use it::

::Louisa is trekking in the Hymalayas in November and to help raise money for the Macmillan cancer charity she is selling patterns for hats which you can find here::

::thank you, Louisa::may the road rise up to meet you::

Saturday, 4 August 2012

Ravelenics
















::Ravelry is holding an Olympic style Games for knitters in hommage to the 2012 Olympic Games::


::I am in two teams:: Team Knitabulls hosted by Diane::Team Icelandic Knitters hosted by Helene::


::I am taking part in the 'Toy Toss' for both but I am making individual toys::


::First I am making a Teddy Bear from Erika Knight's Simple Knits for Cherished Babies in Violet Green's sumptuous Cashmere in the chocolate colourway::


::Secondly, and simultaneously I am knitting on the Henrietta Doll from Helen Magnussen using a variety of Icelandic wools::


::It is great fun and I was lucky enough to attend the Games themselves this week when I went to Greenwich to watch the Dressage::


::Not only did I see the wonderful Carl Hester on Uthopia and Laura Bechtolsheimer on Mistral Hojris but also my heroine of the dressage world Anke Van Grunsven riding Salinero::


::The atmosphere was incredibly moving as all the fans cheered Great Britain and were gracious in their praise of other countries too and it all seemed to reinforce everything good and excellent about sport and ourselves which was a welcome reminder when there is so much to worry about in the world that there is good too::

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Tour de Fleece 2012




















::wheel spinning::


::delightful fibre::


::what a delightful way to journey through July::



Friday, 29 June 2012

Time for 'Knit'Tea

















::Time for tea::Whittard's Strawberries and Cream black tea::


::Waitrose patriotic china mug and napkin::


::Bridgewater vintage blackberry teapot::


::Cotton & Cloud workbag::


::Rick Sock by Cookie A from her book Sock Innovation using KnitPro (KnitPicks in USA) dpns::


::add some sunshine and a garden swing and the sights and sounds of my English country garden in June with the lovely perfume of our glorious old roses::bliss::



Monday, 25 June 2012

Breaks



























::sometimes we need a holiday::


::and a lovely break indulging in treats like a cream tea can make you feel refreshed and ready to get going again::


::roadside flowers filling us with inspiration::


::up on the moors thinking of the knitting we will want for future seasons::


::getting back to blogging::

Friday, 10 February 2012

Shetland



::gazing out onto a snowy landscape::


::the fire crackling::


::spinning Shetland fibre and feeling a deep connection to the most basic comfort from warmth and wool we all draw::


::listening to gentle haunting celtic music::


::winter warmth::


::february fibre::  

Saturday, 28 January 2012

January Colours




::starting off with a simple one row scarf by Stephanie Pearl -McPhee made with Juno Fiber Arts  UK alpaca, BFL top in fawn::


::Peerie Flooers mittens by Kate Davis which are so pretty::


::cheering up January is an Art Box I'm Happy bag together with a project by Laura Linneman of The Knitgirllls called Mittens For Me Knit-a-long which is a mystery knit-a-long::


::I'm Happy::

January 2012 and some promises to myself







::some promises to myself for the coming year::


::to read more of my knitting books, reference, novels etc::


::to expand my spinning horizons::


::to learn about weaving::


::new year intentions::
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