Thursday, 26 June 2008

As I only have one wip at the moment, I thought I'd use a couple of posts to show projects that I'd like to make.
I love this cobweb lace stole from Interweave spring 2008. The stitch patterns are interesting and unusual, and I've got plenty of laceweight stashed to choose from. I think I might use some Hipknits cashmere that I bought at Ally Pally two years ago, in a pale turquoise shade. The pattern calls for 1610m and I've only got 1500m, so I'll have to make it either shorter or narrower

Sunday, 22 June 2008

I don't seem to have had much time for knitting just lately. I've been sticking to the one project at a time thingy and it seems to be working. At least, I haven't had to rip anything back for a while so I'm hoping that the frogging gremlins have moved on elsewhere. Apololgies for the lousy photo, but this is what I've been working on. I think I mentioned it in my last post, it's a stole for my daughter who's been waiting for it for ages! I used a ripple stitch for the edge, worked to about 15cms,then a simple diagonal lace for the main panel. It's looking very pretty with all the colours and is a little longer than when I took the photo.
We've had this past week off work - bliss - and we went here. The Countess of Shrewsbury, also known as Bess of Hardwick, built this beautiful house at the end of the 16th century, and it's the most intact Elizabethan house in the country. Every room is hung with tapestries, some of which have never been taken down in the 400 years since she lived there. We spent a good 5 hours there; and I'd definately go again. You can also explore the old hall, which is a ruin, but the main staircase has been made safe and you can climb up to roof level and see all the wall friezes, which still partially remain.
Our eldest daughter visited from Belfast for the weekend; it was lovely to see her and her partner after 4 months since our visit to Northern Ireland.
There are a couple of lace stoles that I have in mind to knit for myself. I thought I'd queue them for future projects rather than succumb to start-itis, but I think I'll leave them for another post.

Sunday, 8 June 2008

I've been tagged!

No photos today, I'm afraid; I've been working on a lace stole for my youngest daughter, but haven't got around to getting the camera out. Liz tagged me the other day, to take part in this little meme - this is the first time I've ever been tagged so I was quite excited!
The Rules: Each player answers the questions about themselves. At the end of the post, the player then tags 5-6 people and posts their names, leaving a comment on their blogs, asking them to read their blog, and telling them they've been tagged. Let the person who tagged you know that you've answered.
1. What was I doing 10 years ago?
Working my butt off in Waitrose and wondering if I was ever going to escape the drudgery!
Getting back into knitting after having had a few years in a yarn desert. I had neither the
time nor the energy whilst my kids were little.
We'd been in our house a few months, so I'm sure there was some decorating going on.
Working out at the gym 4 times a week - I was pretty fit back then!
2.What are 5 things on my to do list today (not in any particular order)?
Watch the French Open final.
Make some bread rolls for packed lunches.
Plant some herbs in pots on the patio.
Sew the hem on a pair of trousers I've been making.
Call my mum and dad.
3.Snacks I enjoy.
Anything chocolate, especially the Belgian variety.
Most fruit.
4. Things I would do if I was a billionaire
Buy a pad of very expensive writing paper on which to pen my resignation! I enjoy my job,
but let's face it, none of us would work if we didn't have to, would we?
As we're in the realms of fantasy here, I'd build my very own Starship Enterprise, seek out
strange new worlds and civilisations, and boldy go where no-one has gone before. Then I'd sit
back and watch from a safe distance whilst the human race destroys itself.
5. Places I have lived

And there we have it! Picperfic kindly agreed to be tagged, but everyone else I know who has a blog has already done this, so I'll have to stick at one.