Sunday, January 22, 2006

Some like it hot...

Ahh... Steve the plumber got the heat back on, courtesy one astonishingly, ruinously, expensive new circuit board. Have spent the weekend with the heat turned up way too high, knitting up a storm for the Textiles in Focus event at Cottenham next month. Some photos of FOs knitted over the last couple of weeks:


These are washcloths; they're about 11"/28cm square in different patterns from the first Barbara Walker book of patterns, in a Patons cotton blend which is washable and friends with kids tell me is hardwearing. Personally I don't use flannels, bath mitts etc. but these look extremely nice sitting in a basket, so I hope others will like them! They're also very nice to knit - take an hour and a half or so each and you get to try a different pattern each time... The Horseshoe Lace one (the red one at bottom right) is my favourite pattern so far - am currently knitting a bag in 9 strands of fine novelty yarn on 10mm needles with that one...

Then two scarves knitted on a circular needle so the stripes go lengthways.

I had fun with these two; all sorts of yarns picked up over the last few years; they're about 230cm long each so the Dr. Who effect is in full force. I'll have to make a couple of shorter ones too...

A felted bag. I have a few of these but this is the finished one so far... Rowan Magpie, Debbie Bliss Maya and some Lana Grossa metallic eyelash...


And then lastly a scarf knitted out of hand-dyed nylon ribbon; which would have been fine to knit in summer, but the various rough and broken skin on my hands meant I was pulling loops through on this one all afternoon yesterday... Pretty though and it's got a lovely drape. This photo doesn't do the colour much of a favour - there's more green in it then pictured.


Otherwise over the weekend

- while knitting I've watched 6 West Wing episodes (but only one new one as per self-rationing agreement - I only have 5 of the Sorkin-written ones left, sniff), listened to most of an Ann Granger audio book and listened to more Virgin Radio than the brain can comfortably accommodate.

- also watched 'The Fog of War' which was completely fascinating - I tried to see this a couple of years ago when it came out, then forgot all about it, and it turned up in the small but very quirky selection of films the Village Stores get from their suppliers. I know far too little about the internal US politics of the Vietnam War period, but it's given me the need to go off and read a lot, if only to work out why I came into the film instinctively prepared to hate Robert McNamara, and came away with huge admiration and respect...

- had a friend round for dinner last night, interrupted by a power cut when the pudding (apple cake) was halfway through cooking; it was somewhat... interesting... in texture when everything came back on an hour or so later, but luckily perfectly edible... Thankfully I could lay my hands on the mini hurricane lantern and gas canister...

- and tidied the kitchen and dining room properly for the first time since the Christmas holidays. A productive weekend...

5 comments:

HazelNutcluster said...

All lovely stuff :) There is something so pleasing about washcloths isn't there? Nice to knit and good to look at. I've only made one which I gave to Mum, but I definitely need to do more.

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