Sunday, February 17, 2008

A busy half-term.

Its been a busy time this week, with various projects under way.
This will turn eventually into a hanging. Not sure how it will look, but the beaded triangles will be linked together with the beads. I imagine a tassel in there somewhere too.
This next project will become a little box. Again, the techniques are based on Japanese folded patchwork. This time, the little scraps of fabric have been stuck on using Bondaweb. Then I have added buttons and will add beads too.
The fabric I used was originally stripes. I cut these up using a rotary cutter with a shaped blade. This idea came originally from a workshop I went to at the Quilters Guild area day earlier this month. Dilys Fronks taught the technique so that we could make a picture. These scraps were left over.
The Amaryllis on my workroom windowsill have been a joy. Such a riot of colour.
I love the flowers as they fade too. Such amazing shapes.
The last photo was taken as we walked into the carpark this evening after having our tea in a local pub. The sky was beautiful.
All this and knitting too. Its been fun.

Monday, February 11, 2008

A knitter goes for a walk.

Its been quite frosty overnight, so I took myself off for a walk taking the camera with me. This local walk follows a farm track to the next village going past fields close to a railway line.

The sky was really clear too, the vapour trails lasting for ages.

A frozen puddle. I just loved the patterns the ice made.

Winter trees at the edge of one field.

Self portrait - woman with shopping bag. Well, I'd planned to get some bread at the village shop on my way. Sadly it was closed when I got there. So I posted some letters I'd brought along instead and ambled on home.

The birds were a delight to hear and so nice to greet fellow walkers out enjoying the morning.

I've been busily knitting this project recently. An aran pullover. The design comes from "The Aran Collection Part Two" from Sirdar. The yarn is one of Stylecraft's aran weight yarns. I haev no idea which one since the wrappings disappeared some time ago. Yes, this is the same jumper I mentioned in an earlier post. I ended up ripping back all my knitting since I had missed something in the pattern. Its been knitting up really well. I shall be altering the design of the sleeves though. The pattern gives relatively plain sleeves with just a cable up the arm. Mine will imitate the design from the font and back and will have the cabled ribbing used there instead of the pattern's plain ribbing.
Detail showing the cabled ribbing and part of the design.
A photo showing the design in more detail. I just love the cabled edge to the raglan. I shall be copying this idea onto the sleeves too.
(Please note the colours in the top photo are the most accurate.)
I am looking forward to finishing this jumper since it will really keep me cosy on future walks. There is a matching hat in the pattern too. Now that would be really useful...........