Sunday, January 10, 2010

The more it snows, tiddly pom

The snow is turning brown, slushy and nasty in town and my walk to work each day is not much fun, but out on the hills there is still proper snow and rather deep snowdrifts. We had a great time on Saturday on Crompton Moor, although it was rather hard going at times...

So Sunday was spent firmly attached to the sofa in front of the fire and my knitting in hand. I have started on an Edith Hat, which is the prettiest patterned hat by Johanne Ländin, using Cherry Tree Hill yarn in Nantucket Red and Slate Blue.

The border starts on 2mm needles; there is something very pleasing about neat rows of tiny stitches.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Bit of Glamour

Pattern: Ribbed Shrug, from Glamour Knits by Erica Knight
Also Available as a free download from Canadian Living Online or via Ravelry.
Yarn: Elsbeth Lavold Chunky AL, 50% alpaca 50% Peruvian wool.

Used: 7x 50g balls
Needles: US Size 10.5 and 11 straights and 10.5 circular needles
Mods: because of the chunky yarn used, one strand only was needed to get gauge.

Loved making it, love the yarn, love the finished shrug. If here is one tiny fault with it, it's that it seems to shed hairs on everything it touches. But you can't have everything... where would you put it?

The weather has continued cold and snowy. Yesterday we had about 5 or 6 inches on top of the stuff on the ground, and the snow in the back garden is now over a foot deep. This photo was taken this morning after I'd been out to put food on the bird table and defrost the birdbath.

I went out just after to get some of the snow off the shrubs before they got crushed!

Saturday, January 02, 2010

More snow, and some knitting

Rather unexpectedly, we had another 4 inches of snow today. It shows how used to snow we have become over the last couple of weeks that Rob didn't even bother to wake me to tell me that it was snowing this morning. I got up about an hour later, and there was already over an inch of fresh fallen snow. So we went out for a walk in it. Lesson 1: if you do not put your gaiters on, snow will get down your boots. Lesson 2: it is possible to fashion a set of temporary gaiters out of gaffer tape round the tops of your boots. Lesson 3: people might give your feet funny looks in the pub later when you stop for a drink on the way home.

So, it is cold and snowy outside, but inside it is warm and there is snuggly knitting. This is shortly to become the shrug from Erika Knight's Glamour Knits, done in Elsbeth Lavold Chunky AL, alpaca and wool yarn.

Friday, January 01, 2010