Friday, 15 March 2013

Obsession ...

You know when you're wasting time browsing on Pinterest, and something catches your eye and you repin it? Then you keep thinking about it and how much you'd like it to be more than just a virtual pin? Well, that happened with this vest.

To tell you the truth, it became a bit of an obsession. There was a teeny, tiny problem though and that was that I had never done Fair Isle knitting before. Then a brainwave struck! I wondered if I could persuade Julie to help me out when she came over for lunch the other day. I might've hogged her attention for a while, I'll admit it *wink wink*

After worrying about tension and not comprehending top and bottom strands, I am now the proud wearer of a garment that I actually knitted myself. I have to confess that I haven't knit anything bigger than a hat or a scarf since I was at college over 27 years ago, and that was a purple mohair number that proved too darn itchy to wear, so I am feeling fairly triumphant about this particular finished item.

All details over on Ravelry.

Now it seems my obsession has moved onto other things and I am truly inspired by Kristina's beautifully neat sock knitting to pick up the dpn's again ...

Saturday, 9 March 2013

En masse …

A carpet of mauve crocus at Kew. Delightful.

A blog lady gathering in my kitchen. Inspiring.

A famous line-up of dolls. Exciting.

A stack of pretty fabrics to play with. Satisfying.

All these things add to my Zen.

Friday, 1 March 2013

The Red Nose Day Dolls ...

You may already be aware of the fabulous Red Nose Day Doll project that is the brainchild of Emma Mitchell and Ros Badger. It is a collaborative craft project in which I am thrilled to be part of and all for one of my favourite fundraisers - Comic Relief.

You can read my blog post  about the quilt I made for Mac here.

The dolls are going to auctioned on eBay from 7th March 2013. If you'd like to donate to the project you can here.

You can read all about the Dolls on their very own blog or follow them on Twitter or Facebook.