Thursday, 26 March 2015

Off and on...

...the needles.
This first project was actually completed before the Spring Wreath, but until it had safely arrived I couldn't share it here. It was great fun to make, and a perfect project for work. This is the only way I could think of to photograph it that would show it all - and it was quite a windy day, so it wasn't an easy task.

And, with a few supplementary colours (and a pair of carbon-fibre knitting needles that are proving to be very pleasant to knit with, and which I am hoping will not bow and warp the way wooden ones do), most of the leftovers are being knitted into a sweater for C. I started out with regular stripes but didn't like it, and after about 50 rows I decided to rip it back before I passed the point of no return. I'm now knitting it in totally random colours, just cutting long lengths of each colour and knitting it in loose blocks of colour. I've used a temporary cast on for two reasons - I need to see what colours are left at the end to knit a two-colour rib, and also he seems to be really hard on the ribs of his sweaters. They always need repairs - and for a while I have been thinking that it would be much easier to repair them if they ended with a cast-off edge. We shall see. This will be to replace a sweater I knitted about 26 years ago, which partly used the same zigzag pattern. It's getting beyond the point of repair!

Sunday, 22 March 2015


We had such beautiful weather this weekend. I think that the guy I saw walking around with no shirt on was a bit over-optimistic, since the air temperature was only about 12°C / 54°F , but driving back through the park in the afternoon we saw plenty of people enjoying picnics and barbecues. Most of them were more suitable dressed for the weather, just happy to enjoy the sunshine.
In the morning we took a short trip to Farmleigh...

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Hot Off the Needles

I spent the holiday morning yesterday sewing this up, ready to post off today as an Easter gift!
It was a lot quicker than the Woodland Wreath; for starters it's smaller, the wreath was just 25cm diameter. Like the Woodland Wreath, the pattern came from Ravelry, and was designed by Frankie Brown.

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Happy St. Patrick's Day

No special photo this year...just a green card!

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Favourite February Cards

When we are out and about, I can often spot what triggers C to sing a particular song - often something on an advertising hoarding is enough to act as a subconscious prompt to him. These Danish pastries were the result of a poster ad on a bus prompting me. I'm afraid I can't even remember the working - it includes Best, Danish and Carlsberg. Far from making me want to go out and buy Carlsberg, it made me hanker after a good Danish pastry - and the easiest answer to that was to make my own.  The pinwheels are maple and pecan, the swirls are raisin and spice.

This month's blog header is a pair of cormorants in breeding plumage, taken last year at Heuston Station.