Yarn Along

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I am very happy to be joining in with Ginny’s Yarn Along again (posting a day late) as I cast off my cowl yesterday. I followed a free Rowan pattern from my LYS and used two balls of Rowan Lima yarn composed of baby alpaca and merino wool. The finished cowl is soft and puffy and I do hope you can see the honeycomb pattern in the photo which was very easy to memorise. I just have to weave in the ends and it is good to go. Also in the photo is the hat and mittens I knitted during the Christmas holidays using wool (Blue Leicester and alpaca) bought in the Cotswolds.  The pattern for the hat was a free download from knitty.com which Kristen from Cozy Made Things alerted me to and was very straightforward for a beginner knitter. This was my first project knitted in the round but thanks to a couple of great video tutorials I had no problems as I decreased using the magic loop method.

I hope my next project counts for the Yarn Along. It is a piece of canvas embroidery which I will use to upholster a Victorian stool. I’m following an Elizabeth Bradley charted design called Barley Twists and Cornflowers and adapting it to the size of my stool which is 21 x 15 inches. I’m using wool left over from previous projects and all the colours you see are those that would fit into any room in my house and include my favourite rusts, ochres, soft yellows, purples, mauves, pinks and greens. The background wool which I have bought specifically for this project is a sea-blue Appleton tapestry wool.

I started stitching in mid-May, just after returning from holiday and am already about a third of the way through the design. As I’m using up wool each cornflower is going to be slightly different and so far I’m enjoying choosing three shades and seeing the subtle differences emerge. I just hope I don’t run out of wool!

Now for my reading material. What with blogging and gardening and allotmenteering and Spring Watch on BBC TV in the UK my reading has fallen a little behind, but I am still enjoying ‘Freedom’ by Jonathan Franzen. I am not, however, enjoying the glossy coffee table book I’ve included in my photo. ‘Women Garden Designers 1900 to the Present’ by Kristina Taylor is on loan from RHS Wisley library and I cannot for the life of me think why I lugged it home. Maybe a combination of its glossiness and the fact that it was the week of the Chelsea Flower Show. I just hope not too many copies of this 288pp book were printed and shipped from China. I really have nothing good to say about this publication so I’ll hit the publish button and go back to something more worthwhile.

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5 thoughts on “Yarn Along

  1. Hi Sarah, nice to meet you. I found your blog via Amy’s ‘Love Made My Home’ blog, where your comment about ‘no bake bread’ made me laugh. I have been having a look round your blog and have really enjoyed your posts. Your garden is lovely- very professional looking! I am following you now on bloglovin, so I will be able to keep up with your posts. X

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    1. Hello Penny and lovely to meet you too! I’m glad my comment made you laugh, I don’t think I’m very good at self-editing either posts or comments, but I’m learning! I’m looking forward to reading properly your recent books post. I’m a huge fan of Robert Macfarlane (he was on Unsprung last night, the first time I’ve seen him in the flesh as it were) and I love Vanessa Bell’s work and and we’ve visited Charleston a few times over the years. There is a new TV drama coming soon based on the Bloomsbury Group which was filmed at Charleston last September and “Gloomsbury” currently on Radio 4 on Friday morning I think (but available on iplayer) is a hoot. Looking forward to exploring more of your blog.

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  2. Your makes up there are just so pretty!!! I love the colors in all of your pieces! And that book up there looks so very interesting! Wishing you a very creative day! Nicole xo

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  3. It looks like you have lots of projects on the go right now. Your cowl is pretty. I love the soft color. The embroidery is going to be so gorgeous. I love hand-embroidered covers on chairs and stools. My mother-in-law does a lot of bargello needlepoint and has made two beautiful pieces for us, one for our piano bench and another for my son’s stool that he uses for practicing the guitar. It sounds like you’re enjoying your work. I hope you have a good weekend!

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