Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Summer poncho finished

My lovely local knitting chum Michelle gave me some gorgeous pale grey Jaegar Albany cotton at our knitting picnic in July and I wanted to put it to good use.

I made a summer poncho, based on "Desiree" in Viva Poncho. Unfortunately, I couldn't work out the stitch at all so did a twisted double rib instead which I think looks more or less the same.

I have now finished this, apart from the sewing up (which I also don't understand!) and some silver lurex tassels.

So it's not finished at all really...

I also show a photo of the "St Ives scarf" I started while on holiday in yes, St Ives. As there was a yarn and jigsaw shop (something for everyone!) it seemed rude not to buy some yarn.

I got a ball each of Elle Pizzaz, Sirdar Boa, Vegas and some varicoloured Eskimo, plus some 8mm circular needles. I cast on 300 or so stiches and knitted about 2 or 3 rows in each yarn.

It kept me busy on the beach and on the 7 hour train journey home.

Think it is a mite too long though - 153 inches (not quite 6,000 yards of woollen reins but nearly).

I like it though; Tom Baker on acid.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Blankie not popular...

My friend Gilly loved the blanket but unfortunately her little boy was being christened on what was one of the hottest days of the year; so her attempts to make him pose with the blanket over him were met with howls of outrage.

And that was just her husband.

She did show me a picture of her son with a big red round face, taken just after she took the blanket off him. Poor little thing, I'm not sure that I want to be remembered as a person who provides instruments of torture to children!