Saturday, 11 October 2008

Happy days

I have spent a 'happy' day yesterday plying up yarns for winter socks, scarves, mittens etc. I use lace weight merino (mostly from Thehandpaintedyarn.com, as the colours are wonderful and the yarn is soft and strong), but also use yarns from cones that I have, in the main 2/28's and single ply.. This time I also had some wonderful cobweb weight silk from Colourmart which has added a beautiful sheen to the yarns and also brightens the colours. For socks I ply 2 strands of merino and one of silk and for scarves I just use 2 stands of the merino.

The sun was out, and it is such a beautiful autumn day that I took the yarns outside to photograph them, don't the colours of these match the flowers and the pebbles well?






I also finished off and blocked a scarf made for the Colour Swap on Ravelry. Its knitted from lambswool on cone, 2ply, in a wonderful straw colour way. I have used the crest of the wave pattern , doing 4 repeats of the lace pattern to 4 rows of garter stitch for the border and elongating the pattern to 12 rows of lace and 12 rows garter stitch for the main body. I'm really pleased with the look of the scarf, it's light and airy and the lambswool shows the stitch pattern well. So next week, after a trip to the Ally Pally tomorrow..yippee... it will be making its way across the Atlantic.





Monday, 6 October 2008

there and back again

Well, we're back,(truthfully we've been back a week or so but I have taken a bit of time getting back in to the swing of blogging) and these are some pictures of wonderful Wales. At the left is husband and dog at the top of a mountain that was just rising behind the site we stayed on. The middle is taken from the top of Snowdon, and yes we chickened out and took the train. The funny thing is it was glorious up there, the views were outstanding but does that show in the photo's...no. I think the camera 'sees' the view OK but just can't provide the atmosphere... it was freezing up there, the wind was so strong we were struggling to stand and the feeling of awe that you got looking down to sea level just doesn't translate on to the lens. Bear in mind that this was 'one' of the sunny, warm days of summer, I really wouldn't want to be up this mountain on a wild autumn day. The one on the right is an arty-farty shot of the rail track on top of the mountain... how did they build it all the way up there?






Train on top of the mountain


Dog 'on holiday' on a beach on Anglesey


Didn't get a lot of knitting down whilst away, well actually no knitting was done whilst away, I thought about knitting, the wool and needles were there but ... no knitting. Since I've been back there has been knitting, 4 slouchy hats for my daughters workmates, lace scarf for swap partner, pair of socks for a friend but they have all gone to their recipients and I forgot to take piccs!!
So I will leave you with more photo's of barbed wire... developing a thing for barbed wire.. just not sure what to do with it.