Friday, 29 April 2011

FO Friday: Every Cloud Shawl

I can't believe it's been over a week since I blogged! In the excitement of all the long bank holiday weekends (and like many I booked the 3 days off inbetween to make the most of it!) I've been busy doing other things!

My garden has been taking up quite a bit of my time, in particular the veg patch but more on that in a seperate post. I've also been knitting, sewing and planning... and mostly enjoying not being at work! Don't get me wrong I enjoy my job, but I enjoy being at home even more!

I haven't finished any new knitting projects since I showed you my Bird in the Hand mittens, but after my 6 month blogging break I do have plenty of catching up to do in terms of showing you my finished objects!

So today, it's the turn of my "Every Cloud" Shawl.

I adore this, it was first real attempt at lace and it turned out perfectly. The pattern is Shaelyn which is available on Ravelry and I knitted it using the wonderful new yarn base from Twisted Limone - Zingy Silk Sock which is a beautiful mix of 75% Merino & 25% Silk and the silk gives it a beautiful shine and drape.

The colourway I've used is Silver Cloud, a stunning silver grey that led to the name of this project Every Cloud, which of course is short for Every Cloud Has A Silver Lining.

It was also my first attempt at beading - it's difficult to see in the photos but I beaded the last two lace repeats with tiny clear beads. Time consuming but definitely worth it!

And now I'm off, to check out what everyone else has been making over on Tammi's blog for FO Friday and maybe catch a little more of the Royal Wedding coverage while I carry on with my latest knitting project - this time, more colourwork!

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

WIP Wednesday: Chasing Butterflies Shawl

Hello again everyone... Yes this really is me back for a second blog post within a week. I said I was back didn't I?

I loved reading the comments on my last post - it's lovely to be back in blogland, I hadn't realised how much I missed it!

So I'm back today for Work In Progress Wednesday (Hi to anyone making their way over from Tami's blog!) and I'd like to share one of my current WIP's with you - my Chasing Butterflies shawl.

Excuse the rather bizarre photos, lace isn't the easiest thing to take photos of before blocking so you get an idea of the pattern and here I've pinned it to a foam pad that is soon to become a garden cushion!

The pattern is the Spriteling Mystery Shawl KAL that is current taking place in the lead up to Knit Nation this July. The photos have been taken just after I finished Clue 1 - I'm loving the pattern so far. More difficult than other lace I'd tried before, but I'm really glad I'm trying it as it's not as difficult as I thought!

If you're not already joining in and would like to, it's not too late to start. The KAL is running right the way through to the end of May so there's plenty of time to catch up!

And now I'm off to check out everyone else's WIP's this Wednesday.

Oh and for those of you wondering about my "Big Announcement" it is coming! My photos are all ready for go now for the big reveal so it'll be soon I promise. It's worth waiting for, or at least I think it is!

Friday, 15 April 2011

Finished Object Friday: Bird in The Hand Mittens

No, you're not imaging things - this really is me blogging! Was it really November since I last blogged? That's nearly 6 months ago!

There are many reasons I took a break from blogging, but the main thing is now that I'm back! I've got lots to share with you, including some HUGE news but that will have to wait for my next post I'm afraid.

I thought I'd start off my blogging return with a simple little post - a Finished Object Friday.

And this Friday it's the turn of my Bird in The Hand Mittens.

Started way back in December there's have been put down for quite some time, when I was actually knitting them they did knit up really quickly but I put them down about half way through the second one to knit other things and to be honest just forgot about them!

However, I recently decided enough was enough and it was time to finish them. So I did! I adore these, they are my first attempt at Fair Isle and I'm quite little hooked. I've already cast on for my next Fair Isle project in fact!

And my favourite detail, well it's the little bird on the inside of the thumb of course, hence the pattern name - Bird in The Hand. You can find the pattern here on Ravelry if you're a member. It does cost $6.00 to download but it's well worth it in my opinion. It's a beautiful and well written pattern!

So now I'm off to do some blog hopping and see what I've been missing. If you're here following the link from Finished Object Friday - Hello! Please leave a comment, I'd love to hear from you and I'd love to visit your blog and see what you've been doing too.

Until next time... and my big news!