07/09/2012 § 1 Comment
to start adding an extra layer and here’s what I’ve made, to keep me warm through the chilly days (and evenings) to come …
I’ll admit to being inspired by Alicia over at Posie Gets Cozy. I have no idea whether this is the same stitch that she used, but Smoke is created from Solomon’s Knot stitch which is oh, so easy-peasy. Ooh it’s totally delicious and now I’m working on this one …
The smokey blue shawl is Rowan lace weight yarn – 800 mtrs of it! It’s very large – about 2 yards long and 3/4 yd wide with a picot border. The dusky pink yarn above is from the Natural Dye Studio and is called Tea Rose, which is as delicious name as a yarn could wish for! It’s baby alpaca, cashmere & silk – soft as a cloud! I wound it into a ball on our last night-of-the-summer holiday in Dolly, a couple of weeks ago.
Naturally, I didn’t just buy one hank of amazing stuff, whilst jaunting around Tiverton and made the discover of a lifetime – The Wool Merchant shop. I also treated myself to the skein below – called Moss. So what’s the other Lace skein? It’s one of my favourite – Drops yarn, this time lace weight – baby alpaca and mulberry silk. I don’t usually work with black, but I treated myself to a new dress which is going to be worn to my friend’s wedding in December. I plan to make a jacket and want to have a shawl/scarf to complete the outfit, so black it is!
So, I’m preparing for the chilly times ahead with Smoke, Tea Rose, Moss and Sooty – and am rather looking forward to the frost and snow!
Our boys are moving out and as I speak, the lines are full of washing, drying in the magnificent sunshine that we’ve enjoyed here over the last few days. The patios are full of furniture from the summerhouse and shed and on Sunday I’m driving a huge van to Bristol where they can do the unpacking! It’ll be nice to find a fridge with some food in it and a bathroom with some clean towels, but I’ll miss them as they both embark on the next post-university stage of their lives. I’m rather pleased they’re both in the same city although living with different friends – the best of both worlds hopefully. It’s not too far away and we can take day trips to Bath every few weeks to treat them to lunch – until they’re too busy to fit us in! Just the way it should be! Possibly more shopping time for me too!
Alton will be enjoying a sunny Art & Craft market tomorrow, so come and say ‘Hello’ if you’re passing.
Enjoy your weekend.