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.