Beaded bow-tie.

The mystery project I posted a picture of a few days ago hasn’t been forgotten about, it’s just been on hold while I did another small project. Having recently completed a jumper for myself it’s nice to knit a few smaller things which can be completed in a relatively short space of time.

I had some Louisa Harding hand beaded Mulberry silk stashed away, that I bought on sale with no idea what I would use it for. It was just beautiful and luxurious looking in a selection of lovely colours. I wasn’t disappointed when it arrived and I’ve been wondering ever since what I can use it for. I thought the time was right to get it on my needles so I looked through my queue on Ravelry and found this pattern, saved a long time ago, which seemed just right for this yarn.

Beaded bow-tie

Beaded bow-tie

It’s a nice simple pattern and I’m pleased with the finished article, the only tricky part was learning how to actually tie the thing when I was finished! It took about 6 different youtube videos but I think it looks OK. It helps that I was aiming for a loose, relaxed looking bow anyway! 

imageAs you can see in the above picture, Primrose approves of bow ties.

There was one downside of using this yarn. When I checked the band for care instructions etc, I found out that ‘This yarn is produced in Italy then sent to Turkey where each hank is individually beaded.’ I guess that the idea is to make it sound more exotic. I must say though that even though i’m no eco-warrior and, honestly, until now I haven’t given much thought to the carbon footprint of the yarn I use, it seemed excessive to me that this was shipped to another country just to have the beads added. 

I do try, in small ways, to watch my energy use, recycle etc and maybe this has inspired me to be a little more conscious in future about what I’m buying to knit with.

It’s not often I finish something…

It took a little longer than I hoped, partly due to the recent heat which makes me feel lazy, but it’s finally finished! This jumper published in knit now, issue 23 was started long ago and left for some time while I was distracted by various other bits and bobs like making cards.

'Berta' jumper- my latest finished project.

‘Berta’ jumper- my latest finished project.

I do love lacy pattern especially when they are easy to memorise like this one. It had enough pattern to keep me interested but wasn’t so complicated that I couldn’t enjoy knitting it up. Another bonus for me is that it is knitted in 2 flat pieces so there’s not a lot of sewing up involved, a process that I don’t always have the patience for! It also gives this particular jumper it’s lovely relaxed shape. This will be perfect for chilly summer evenings and when the cooler weather starts to set in.

Detail

Detail

Here is a close up that shows the pretty lace pattern. Im really pleased with how this jumper has turned out and the yarn I chose was perfect- it looks just as I imagined it would, which many knitters will know isn’t always the way it goes. I bought the yarn from here, yeoman yarns. It was a website I hadn’t  used before but had seen advertised. When I was browsing the website, with sock yarn in mind, I came across the Panama 4ply. It seemed such good value that I decided to take a chance and try this, over brands that I have previously used. My next big decision was which of the many available colours I wanted. The socks would be for my mum so I let her choose and she picked ‘Crocus’. Well, I made the socks and this jumper, with probably enough left over for another pair of socks. When the yarn arrived I was pleasantly surprised by the colour. The picture on the website didn’t do it justice. As you can see in the close up picture, it is actually two-toned and has a slight sheen. It is soft but I’m sure it will be hard wearing as it is of good quality. It was brilliant for the money and once i’ve made a little room in my stash i’ll be trying out more from the Yeoman Yarns range.

The Perils of Beach Knitting.

Yesterday involved a spontaneous trip down to Brighton. It was a beautiful day which started with a nice stroll through the lanes and a glance in some of the lovely little independent shops (and a longing glance through the window of Choccywoccydoodah!).

Afterwards, it was down to the beach. I chose a place to sit near the carousel, as the music always seems to brighten my mood and I settled down to knit. Knitting itself feels like a form of meditation for me and the sound of the waves breaking on the shore calming, so the two fit together very well!

Brighton Beach

Brighton Beach

I was working on a light, lacy jumper that is soo so close to finished. I was so relaxed that I wasn’t even too irritated when I twice had to undo an entire row as my brain had totally switched off!

There was also a moment that I wish had been caught on camera…

The tide had turned and the waves were creeping closer towards my feet by the second. To protect my knitting etc I stood up and started to pull my towel- and everything on it backwards. I thought I’m only moving a few feet, it’ll be fine. Well. My yarn came out of the bag it was in and started to roll towards the sea. I squealed and ran towards it, catching it with about a metre to spare. I then stood laughing to myself (I blame all the fresh sea air) before I could compose myself.

Work in Progress

Work in Progress

As soon as I finish I’ll post some pictures along with a few details about how I found the pattern and yarn.

In other news, today I picked my first ever home-grown ripe cherry Tomato!

My First Tomato

My First Tomato

A Magazine Written With Love.

As a subscriber I always look forward to the arrival of the latest issue of Knit Now. This magazine appealed to me straight away because around the time that I started to subscribe, (I think it was 2-2 1/2 years ago?) a lot of the other knitting magazines available seemed old fashioned and unappealing. They seemed to be aimed at a different generation of knitter and When flipping through, I wouldn’t see many patterns for things that I would really enjoy making and wearing.

I’m well renowned for leaving things half-done and it’s important to pick a project that you love if you are going to spend hours bringing it to life!

Yep, this is me!

Yep, this is me!

Things have come a long way since then with a lot more choice out there for people who craft for enjoyment rather than necessity, but Knit Now is still my top choice. It’s full of modern patterns, reviews of exciting British yarn and interviews that get me excited about knitting! I’ve knitted up quite a few patterns published in Knit Now and have countless more in my mental ‘to do’ list.

This month has seen the addition of a new feature, small but much appreciated. Every month as I peruse my new copy, I admire the photos of the models. Not only the knitted garments they are wearing but the rest of their outfits too. I find myself wondering where the lovely clothes are from and, well, someone must have had the same idea! Alongside the beautiful photos, where to find the clothes and the price is now listed!

Knit Now have a great magazine and it’s wonderful that they strive to develop and improve it further still.

Now, my intention was just to write a paragraph about the change I noticed in the latest issue and it has turned into something much longer. The team involved in creating Knit Now clearly love the craft that they are writing about, which shines through, and they are deserving of a little praise.

Bobbin often has a nap and dreams of knitting/chasing yarn after a flick through his favourite magazine.

Bobbin often has a nap and dreams of knitting/chasing yarn after a flick through his favourite magazine.