Sunday, October 12, 2014

It's So Easy to Fall in Love . . .

The Bandit is coming along . . .

 20" of the required 31"

 a very nubbly fabric

 that's warm and soft. 
But, wait! What's this?

 It's Rowan Felted Tweed diverting my attention, 
forcing me to begin Mist from Rowan Magazine #26.
(thanks a lot, Julie)

And Churchmouse isn't helping! 
Their new releases are making me break out in a cold sweat and
 setting my head spinning.
It must be love.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Documenting a Bandit

Lisa Richardson's cowl Bandit is so eye-catching that it graces the front and back
of the pattern book.

 9 balls of Thick 'n' Thin and . . .

 2 of Fur is all that's required for this little gem.

 Typically, I thought the cowl was worked from the bottom up and concern grew 
 when I realized it was going to be too small. Was I on gauge? Yes.

 Duh! Reading all the instructions helps. 
The cowl is knitted from side to side.

 There is an 8 row pattern repeat, but the stitches appear to be random  
because of the varied twists to the yarn.

Stay tuned.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Three Sisters and Kiz

Autumn always recalls the companion planting practised by Native Americans. 
The crops most often used were corn, beans and squash - 
The Three Sisters.

The three plants benefitted from each other. The corn provided a structure for the beans to climb. The beans provided nitrogen to the soil and the squash would spread on the ground blocking sunlight to the roots and preventing weeds.

The squash's leaves also retained moisture in the soil 
and its prickly vine deterred pests.

Together the three sisters provided a nutritious diet .
This planting relationship was a universal 
among the agricultural people of the Americas.

Practising ancient ways, Kiz and Lim shared some of their harvest.

However, they wanted to carry on the old English tradition of 
growing root vegetables . . .

that look like . . . 

 I'd say they've been successful. 
We call this one Kiz.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Catch Up

 Katja is patiently waiting for further attention and

 I have committed to knitting that Rowan hood/cowl thingy for Feat's blog, but

 I have finished Auburn Waves in Freia and 

the 3 S Shawl in Malbrigo. Love those picots.

 Brooklyn Tweed's visuals are always alluring, so

 I ordered the Churchmouse Yarns kit to make the scarf. 

The colours are interesting but, I'm not keen on the yarn.
 Too rustic for my taste. 
However, I knew that before starting the project.

 I didn't know how little of each of the 5 balls would be used. 
These are left overs of two sections I've completed.

This is ridiculous.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

An August Garden

For ever warm and still to be enjoy'd . . .

 . . . feel the sun and go in royal array . . .

 Be warm, enjoy the season, lift your head . . .
Take your delight in momentariness . . .

Keats and Graves bits

Friday, August 8, 2014

Ya Never Know

When we arrived home from our Main Street dog walk
 D decided to bake (!?)
Before I knew it the dough was made.

Great opportunity to try this.

Boom! Scones are cut and stamped!
D is a man of action.

 Such a cute touch.

 So, three for me . . .

 Is that the smoke alarm I hear?

 Ready . . .

 set . . .


These were D's words.

 Bun doesn't care if the scones are a bit solid.

Apparently, I didn't either.
Thanks, honey. A nice treat . . .
and isn't my new Skitch app neat?