Paste it daddy!

Oh hey! Somehow it’s been over a month since I last posted. Again! How has that happened? Life has a strange way of getting on top of you doesn’t it? A whole heck of a lot of birthdays, commissioned knitting and other stuff that wasn’t so fun has got the better of me in the last few weeks. But I am here to say no more! I’ve got some pretty knitty things to show you…

Before I get stuck in, I hope it is apparent that my title is a quote from It’s A Wonderful Life, otherwise it sounds a bit odd. And I chose this title because, drumroll please, I have finished my Zuzu’s Petals! In my mind there’s a fanfare going right now. I know, it’s overkill, but it makes me happy.

Since the weather has picked up I’ve even been able to take some half-decent photog. So, the grand reveal, here it is!

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(Photo by me, isn’t she pretty? Look at all the colours!)

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(Photo by me. Ignore the wonky spine – I forgot to yarn over one row…had to fix it…bodged it, of course.)

I’m really pleased with how this has turned out. I think I mentioned that I’d needed to add a few stitches to the cast on, because I was making it with such fine yarn. Well when I got to the lace section, I needed to add another 6 (oops) but you can’t even see that I had a little fumble on that row, and I did it on the bit that’s always at the back, so no harm, no foul!

The lace section threw me a bit, because there are no close-up shots of it in the pattern. The way the shawl hangs it kind of masks it, and you can only see the very edge, which is different! I had faith though, and I’d glad I did because it’s so pretty. Look!

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(Photo by me. I love the way it really does look like fallen petals, so clever, so aptly named.)

I even have a huge chunk of yarn left over – it might actually be half the skein (before you ask, I haven’t weighed It yet, that would be far too sensible). So I could make another one exactly the same…or not. What do you think? My shawl obsession doesn’t seem to be going anywhere…but does a girl need two shawls in the same yarn? Ah the big existential questions that I tackle on this blog.

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(Photo by me. Dodgy selfie, no make-up, cos that’s how I roll.)

The length is perfect in terms of coverage and tucking into coats and things, plus I think the drape at the neck is really pretty.

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(Photo by me. Let’s just ignore the hint of double chin there. And yes, those are typewriters on my dress, be jealous.)

And because it’s the law, here’s a shawl on a wall shot. Some of you may recognise this wall. It has played host to my mum’s shawl too. I do really like this wall. It’s pretty and in a quiet part of Bath where the number of judgemental eyes is kept to a minimum. Apologies for the litter, didn’t see that until I uploaded the photo (such shoddy photography skills!)

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(Photo by me. This shows the shape and construction of the shawl a bit better. Hint – the long side on the left is the front.)

Before I go, I have a little teaser for you. I don’t mess around you see. I’ve got another finished object to show you (yes, you know the one) and I’ve already made a start on the next project. Here is a swatch…anyone who can guess what it is and what it’s going to become gets a prize!

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Until next time lovely peeps!

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I’m not dead – honest!

Howdy strangers!

Just a quick post, because I realised today that it’s almost been two months since I last regaled you with tales of the unexpected. So much has been going on recently – Christmas was a whirlwind of seeing old friends and family, eating too much and general busy-ness that was wonderful, and since then being back to work (and sorting out car trauma) has been pretty full on.

But here’s a very brief update on my knitting…

I’m making myself some more socks (yay handknitted socks, woo!). They are self patterning and glittery and have been dubbed Unicorn socks, Mermaid socks and Magical Dream socks. They are awesome, and here’s a shot of them in progress…

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They are a little longer in the foot now, but only by about 5 rounds. I’ve had work knitting to do so unfortunately the socks were on the back burner for a while.

I’ve also completed sleeve number one of The Cardigan That Was Steeked! Yes, I know it’s taken me forever. I got sick of the lace pattern so I left it for a while. But this weekend just gone I spent a chunk of Sunday on it. Now there’s just a sleeve and a neck band to go! No picture because I’m rubbish.

And last but not least, I cast on another shawl. I was reading the Yarn Harlot’s blog the other day, and her Zuzu’s Petals made me want one of my own. It’s designed like a shawl but constructed like a cowl, so you can pull it on over your head and it won’t slide off your shoulders. Carina Spencer you are a genius! I had a skein of Rowan Fine Art sock yarn in a yummy orangey pink. It’s actually bit fine for the pattern, so I’ve added a couple of lace stitch repeats (advised by my great knitting guru, Faye). I’ve got double the meterage I need, so I’m sure it will work beautifully.

Also no picture yet, because I’m super rubbish, and I’ve only got fifteen minutes before work so the Ravelry link will have to be a little teaser until I can knit some more and show it off a bit.

Anyhow, happy Friday readers! Have a great weekend 🙂