Time to wrap …

04/10/2016 § 2 Comments

I started this shawl way back – can’t even remember when, but maybe February time.  It’s been keeping me company throughout the year for a few rows at a time, here and there, in the evenings and I decided that as finish was overdue I took it on holiday with me to Cornwall.

My usual style of an elongated, knitted triangle in a variety of stitches that take my fancy, then my favourite pineapple-ish crochet edging.

I did finish it whilst on holiday and brought it home for blocking and end-stitching-in. Almost as soon as October arrived, it was time to wear it during the evenings.  It’s a comforting extra layer around my shoulders and very soft.  The yarn – a linen mix – was a charity shop buy for just a couple of pounds.  It’s gone a long way, as I made this shawl for my daughter earlier in the year.

The apples are ripening and I’ve Sloe & Apple Jelly underway in the kitchen as well as piles of dried fruit, onions, sugar and bottles of vinegar all ready for chutney-making.  Just awaiting my delivery of jam jars and then we’re off …

Patchwork and pickling are on the agenda for this week.  What are you up to?

Adaliza

 

 

Shawl for my daughter …

12/02/2016 § 3 Comments

crochet shawl

crochet shawl

crochet shawl

crochet shawl

crochet shawl

I promised her this for her birthday in December but hadn’t even started it then.  Fortunately we have a very relaxed attitude to such things and she knew I wanted to make her something special but I needed to be ‘in the mood’!

I’ve so enjoyed creating this – no pattern – but my usual combination of a 3-cornered knitted scarf with crochet pineapple-ish lace edging, to keep her warm as she travels to work and out in the evenings with her friends.

It was going to be just the linen colour, but she has a teal bag (which I love) and I had some beautiful alpaca in the perfect shade and the red – well, we both love red and it’s a deep cherry red – warm and cosy.

I think I may be ‘back in the groove’ earlier than I expected.  Building works will be done by the end of the month and I spent yesterday afternoon in the garden, turning over the veg plots and putting my early seed potatoes on the workbench to sprout.

The sun has been shining just a bit this week and has a remarkable effect – on all the bulbs and winter flowering cherry blossom – and makes me want to dance about!  I’ve booked up some fairs for the year and have listed a few quilts in my Quilt Shop.  I’m linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts on Finish it up Friday too.

Enjoy your weekend, what will you be up to?

Adaliza x

Shetland Wool Shawl

12/10/2014 § 7 Comments

textured stitches

textured stitches

Those yarncakes that I wound a few weeks ago on our return from west Wales couldn’t wait to be cast onto my needles.  Many a happy evening have I knitted along and I’m thrilled with my Shetland wool shawl, from a flock of sheep near Newcastle Emlyn.

v-shaping at the back

v-shaping at the back

worn over my vintage Welsh wool coat

worn over my vintage Welsh wool coat

snug!

snug!

I made the shawl especially to be worn over my favourite vintage wool coat made from Welsh tapestry (I have several of these coats) and I love them all.  This one though is the longest and comes right down to my knees.  I’m hoping that the weather at the Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market will be crisp – and dry!  I know I’m going to need to layer up to keep warm through the long days in my log cabin and there’s nothing like layers of wool to keep out the cold.

This morning I found the perfect clasp – a vintage belt buckle that after a few adjustments is perfect.  The stones pick up the colours of the coat and I love the filigree effect on the textured wool.

vintage belt buckle shawl clasp

vintage belt buckle shawl clasp

I didn’t use a pattern for my shawl but did find a tutorial online that I can’t for the life of me find now, but it involved casting on 2 stitches, knitting 6 rows and then doing something complicated that ended up with 7 stitches.  Anyway, off I went increasing in the middle and at either end, adding in a row of k1, psso for a bit of interest every so often before I found another stitch that I think is called Textured Stocking Stitch.  It’s SO easy.  Every knit row simply s1 purlwise, k1, yo needle then psso.  It creates a lovely long textured stitch pattern and it’s easy to work out how to keep the pattern in line as the stitches seem to fall into pairs ready for the next knit row to be worked (if you see what I mean).  Every other row is purled.

The original triangular shawl didn’t ‘do it’ for me so I added in a garter stitch collar to match the border, and worked a wide panel on one side (no pattern, it just sort of happened this way), but I love the shaped effect, creating a shoulder.  I always wanted to wear it with the centre point off-centre at the back and this does the trick.

I’m not an expert knitter but love making up textures and seeing something that I have in my head taking shape on my needles.

What do you think?  I’m going to pop over to  Handmade Monday where I used to be a regular visitor so I’m off to see what everyone’s been making and I’m in for one bit catch-up!

Adaliza x

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