Meet one of my ‘go to’ pattern books for 2 yr + knits. The teddy on the front page (pattern 6) and I are old friends although it’s been a while since I last finished one – also this dark blue ‘Guernsey’ (pattern 4) is another easy one I’ve knit several times. You can see my versions HERE and HERE
I’ve been giving my fingers a little break since my charity box of baby goods finally went on it’s way…..a long enough break to think about what to do next……..which really wasn’t a hard choice……….wanting/needing something fairly straightforward……….something I was comfortable with…………in the end I decided to move on to bigger stuff – 2 yr old boys! You might think the yoke of the blue Guernsey looks complicated – if you can count and cable (move one set of stitches over another) it definitely isn’t. Most of the pieces are plain stocking stitch so it hasn’t taken long to finish the back and work my way up to the yoke on the front.
My reading came to a standstill for a little while as well – however our library (which I’m sure like every other library in the country….possibly the world) has been closed, now has begun a delivery service. Weeks ago when I was going through books like they were going out of fashion J0 Nesbø’s first book (The Bat) took my fancy so I ordered his second one (Cockroaches) which arrived on the doorstep the other day. So far it hasn’t grabbed me in the same way but I’m sure there’s time for that to happen before the end.
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This month….June…. I’m Back – and I’m showing and I’m telling 🙂
What happens when a friend is clearing out her knitting patterns, offers a stack to look through and this happy looking lad jumps out at you. And knowing you have just the right thing tucked away in your very slowly decreasing but thankfully not increasing (at the moment) stash of 8ply – well the only thing that could happen is that you spring into action 🙂
With luck Winter has been and gone – I sent my final box of knitted goodies off last week – that means the charity will have things on their shelves ready to distribute when they begin their work in earnest next April – so that also means I’m looking at new ideas/styles to keep me occupied over the next few months. This is a fairly easy four row pattern to knit, similar to a Fishermans Rib. The sleeves knit up very quickly so I’m on to the back now. More stitches means more time consuming but I’m thinking if the neckline is easy to fit I may end up doing some more of these cozy shawl neck sweaters.
I was ‘between books’ for a while, then several turned up. I have Johanna Nicholls – ‘The Lace Balcony’ – available but because it is rather lengthy think I’ll leave it for the long hot days of summer (when they actually arrive). These two arrived from the library on the same day. Kate Morton’s ‘The Lake House‘ and Kate Grenville’s ‘The Lieutenant“‘ so it looks like I’m spoilt for choice now 🙂
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What happens when a pattern catches your eye but needs to be reworked to take a change in ply and a slight change of various components into consideration?
Take some pretty pink 8ply I found in my stash – try to reproduce a pretty 4ply pattern along with some minor alterations – and what do you get? Why you have the (almost) great disaster of last week?
Which you can read about HERE
Patience returned and along with encouragement persuaded me to persevere and sort it out 🙂 Of course they were aided and abetted by desire – the desire to start a new book when I finished. lol
Ginny from Small Things has a weekly meme called Yarn Along which I used to take part in. Sort of a ‘show and tell’ featuring the knitting and reading you’ve been doing recently. Do pop over and see what others have been up to.
This week – I’m Back – and I’m showing and I’m telling 🙂
As you can see I did ‘sort out’ the pretty pink baby cardigan/jacket – and my reading for the rest of this week is In Cold Daylight by a ‘new to me’ author Pauline Trowson. Which is very apt considering how cold it still is first thing in the morning.
It’s been a very small effort on my part in the knitting department this week – small in size and small in number. Certainly not small in intention tho’. These little (minature sized) cardigans and other like sized items are destined for special gift packs given by grief counsellors assisting mothers (and their families) in the aftermath of losing a babe pre-term. These tiny ones are part of a program designed to help those who have a loss in the first trimester. Knit in baby 3ply on size 14/2.25mm needles they measure approx. 3ins from neck to waist and 3ins across the chest and are small enough to be held in the palm of your hand. A gentle reminder of the life that was lost.
After finishing Soldier of Fortune I’m thinking about starting another ‘old’ book. This one is really old, written in 1815 by Sir Walter Scott, the little blue book is an old copy of Guy Mannering (aka The Astrologer) complete with thin tissue like pages covered in tiny print and looking really interesting – but then on the other hand after I took the photo this morning I had a call from the library to say my ordered copied of this little beauty had arrived at the library so it looks like the 100 year old man will be my reading matter for the next week.
And as there was no way I’d let Kiera (who is still moulting her fine brown fur in preparation for a glossy winter coat) anywhere near my white knitting the little figurene of two Burmese cats got into the in the picture instead.
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Granny knits – a disparaging term I’ve heard some younger modern knitters call the plain and simple garments often fashioned in older styles, knit in plain and simple maybe cheaper acrylic yarns.
This week I’ve been trying to do just that – finish a waistcoat for a friend’s 2 year old grandson. Not ‘made of money’ she provided me with a couple of balls of Spotlight’s Marvel, yes an acrylic yarn. Ooh, when I saw the colour, my first thought was, ‘not very boyish’ but then she showed me the clothes she was sending and it seemed the obvious choice. A cable design made it a little bit more boyish. Just have to knit the armbands and attach the buttons and it’s ready to go.
So what’s the little red book on the couch that this little Granny is reading. An old 1956 copy of Soldier of Fortune by Ernest Gann. I’m partial to books set in the Far East and this one is a mystery/ thriller that takes place in Hong Kong during the colonial times of the 1950s. I’ve only managed one chapter so far so am still getting to know the characters.
Soldier of Fortune by Ernest K Gann
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And yes I’m late for this important date
I should have posted this yesterday on Wednesday
But then it’s still Wednesday at Ginny’s so maybe I’m forgiven 🙂
One plus One plus One plus another = contentment
One plus one could mean a sunny day and the chance to read
Or maybe it could be knitting with company?
Put all four together and thats what I enjoyed one day last week.
A beautiful sunny morning with nothing planned meant I was able to sit out on the deck, read, knit and enjoy the sight of Kiera slumbering her day away.
Enjoying some of the late Autumn sunshine made warmer by the outside blinds – definitely welcomed by both myself and Kiera.
Knitting cotton dishcloths – special requests from several poolside acquaintances. Means I can use up thinner ply by using two strands together and reduce my ‘stash’. (I found mention of the Waffle pattern on one of Rhonda’s posts way back in 2008 but you can find it here. I’m making these ones slightly larger)
Rereading ‘Chocolat by Joanne Harris’ – made easy by propping the page open with a coaster. :). Life in a small French village changed by the arrival of a young mother who opens a chocolat shop right across the road from the local church. It tells of her relationship with the priest and the villagers as well as their relationships with each other.
A good day indeed!
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